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Jan 18, 2014

Pope won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday.

Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church’s abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was likely to have fallen to about 100 in 2013 from about 125 in 2012.

Jan 17, 2014
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This little piggy went to the Vatican, to get a blessing

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(A traditional Sicilian chariot with a horse is seen in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )Broken

With an oink oink here and a cluck cluck there, animals arrived at the Vatican on Friday to get a blessing.

Jan 15, 2014

Pope removes cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Pope Francis shook up the
scandal-plagued Vatican bank on Wednesday, removing four of five
cardinals from an oversight body in a break with the clerical
financial establishment he inherited from his predecessor.

It was his latest move to get to grips with an institution
that has often been an embarrassment for the Holy See and which
he has vowed to either reform or close.

Jan 15, 2014
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How much is that halo? Vatican regulates costs of making saints

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(St Andrew, by Lippo d’Andrea di Lippo (b. around 1370, d. before 1451) in a fresco in the Duomo in Florence)

Even “poor” saints will benefit from Pope Francis’ drive to control costs and introduce a sense of sobriety and accounting transparency in the Vatican.

Jan 13, 2014

Pope, after conservatives’ criticism, calls abortion ‘horrific’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.

The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.

Jan 13, 2014

Pope calls for renewed political will to end Syrian conflict

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday called for renewed political will to end the conflict in Syria and lamented a “general indifference” to the plight of refugees around the world.

In his first “State of the World” address to diplomats from 180 countries accredited to the Vatican, Francis also spoke of his concern over violence in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and parts of Africa.

Jan 13, 2014
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Pope’s choice of new Catholic cardinals puts emphasis on the poor

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(Faithful watch a maxi screen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world and emphasizing his concern for poor countries.

Jan 13, 2014

Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion ‘horrific’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.

The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.

Jan 12, 2014

Breastfeed babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis baptised 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers, including one who was married in a civil service rather than in church, to have no qualms about breast-feeding them there.

Unlike his predecessors, who usually delivered long and theology-laden homilies at the yearly baptism event, the pope offered a brief, improvised homily of some 300 words centred on the children.

Jan 12, 2014

Pope’s choice of new cardinals puts emphasis on poor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world.

Sixteen of them are “cardinal electors” under 80 and thus eligible to enter a conclave to elect a pope. They come from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, the Philippines and Haiti..