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Jun 14, 2015

Preview: Storm on climate change awaits pope’s environment letter

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will call on all people to be “stewards of creation” and address the hot-button topic of climate change on Thursday in the most feverishly awaited papal encyclical in decades.

By making environmental protection a moral imperative, his intervention could spur the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to lobby policymakers on ecology issues. Francis has already used his two-year-old papacy to lead in areas such as the resumption of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, a deal the Vatican brokered.

Jun 14, 2015

Storm on climate change awaits pope’s environment letter

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will call on all people to be “stewards of creation” and address the hot-button topic of climate change on Thursday in the most feverishly awaited papal encyclical in decades.

By making environmental protection a moral imperative, his intervention could spur the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to lobby policymakers on ecology issues. Francis has already used his two-year-old papacy to lead in areas such as the resumption of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, a deal the Vatican brokered.

Jun 11, 2015
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Pope Francis backs new Vatican tribunal to probe bishops over sexual abuse

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(People hold quilts at a press conference outside of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, February 1, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew)

Pope Francis approved on Wednesday an unprecedented Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of covering up or failing to prevent sexual abuse of minors, but one victims’ group branded the move as too little too late.

Jun 10, 2015

Pope urges Putin to make ‘sincere, great effort’ for Ukraine peace

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A stern Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to make a “sincere and great effort” to achieve peace in Ukraine.

The two met for about 50 minutes and agreed on the need to recreate a climate of dialogue in Ukraine and to implement a peace deal designed to end fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, the Vatican said.

Jun 10, 2015

Pope approves new office to investigate bishops on sexual abuse

Vatican city (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday approved an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, meeting a key demand by victims’ groups.

A statement said the department would come under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal arm, “to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors”.

Jun 10, 2015

U.S. urges Vatican to get tough with Putin on Ukraine

ROME (Reuters) – The United States urged the Vatican on Wednesday to criticize Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict more forcefully, hours before Pope Francis was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It does seem that Russia is supporting the insurgents and does seem that there are Russian troops inside Ukraine,” said Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

Jun 10, 2015
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Pope Francis hints at position on Medjugorje apparitions

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(Religious statues on sale to pilgrims, June 25, 2004, on the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared in Medjugorje, 120 km south of Sarajevo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

Pope Francis offered a hint on Tuesday about his position on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, ahead of a formal Vatican decision expected soon.

Jun 8, 2015
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Pope Francis to reporters: “Send me good vibrations!”

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(Pope Francis chats with journalists on the papal plane returning from Bosnia, June 6, 2015)

Pope Francis has asked reporters who don’t pray to at least send him “good vibrations”.

Jun 8, 2015
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Pope Francis says Vatican ruling on Medjugorje ‘apparitions’ is near

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(Catholics gather at the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared in an apparition in Medjugorje, south of Sarajevo, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

The Vatican is close to making a ruling on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, one of the most controversial cases in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis said on Saturday.

Jun 7, 2015

Pope in Sarajevo, urges lasting ethnic and religious peace

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged Bosnians on Saturday to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic.

“The cry of God’s people goes up once again from this city… War never again,” he said at a Mass for some 65,000 people at the stadium of the city that was once a symbol of ethnic and religious diversity in socialist Yugoslavia.