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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..

Jan 12, 2014

Feed your babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers to have no qualms about feeding them there.

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

Jan 8, 2014
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Conservative Roman Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

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( Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

How can an order of priests go on serving the Catholic Church and the faithful after revelations that the man who founded it was a fraud who lived a double life as a pedophile, womanizer and drug addict?

Jan 8, 2014

Conservative Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – How can an order of priests go on serving the Catholic Church and the faithful after revelations that the man who founded it was a fraud who lived a double life as a pedophile, womanizer and drug addict?

That is the dilemma facing the Legionaries of Christ, as the conservative religious order started a six-week meeting on Wednesday to write a new constitution and chart a future course that would put the stain of scandal behind it.

Jan 7, 2014
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Pope Francis set to name new cardinals to reflect his vision of the Catholic Church

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Cardinals attend the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis is set to make the most important decisions of his young papacy in the next few weeks by naming new cardinals – the “princes of the Church” who will help him set its future course and one day elect his successor from their number.

Jan 7, 2014

Pope set to name cardinals to reflect his vision of the Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis is set to make the most important decisions of his young papacy in the next few weeks by naming new cardinals – the “princes of the Church” who will help him set its future course and one day elect his successor from their number.

A pope’s choice of cardinals is one of the clearest signals of the direction in which he wants the 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church to go, and what type of man he wants to succeed him.

Jan 7, 2014
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Vatican denies Pope Francis is open to recognition of gay civil unions

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Two bride figurines adorn the top of a wedding cake during an illegal same-sex wedding ceremony in central Melbourne August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The VaticanĀ  has denied Italian media reports that recent comments by Pope Francis signaled his openness to the legal recognition of same-sex unions in Italy.

Jan 5, 2014

Vatican denies pope is open to recognition of gay civil unions

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Sunday denied Italian media reports that recent comments by Pope Francis signaled his openness to the legal recognition of same-sex unions in Italy.

Francis, in a conversation with leaders of religious orders published by a Jesuit journal on Friday, said the Catholic Church had to try not to scare away children who live in complex family situations, such as those whose parents were separated and those living with gay couples.

Jan 5, 2014

Pope to visit Middle East in May, meet Orthodox head

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis is to visit biblical sites in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories in May, his first trip to the Christian Holy Land as pontiff and only the fourth by a pope since biblical times.

The May 24-26 trip to Amman, Jerusalem and Bethlehem will mark the 50th anniversary of a historic trip to the region by Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II visited in 2000 and Benedict XVI went in 2009.

Jan 3, 2014

Leave your comfort zone and serve the poor, Pope tells priests

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has told Roman Catholic priests to leave their comfort zone and get out among people on the margins of society or else risk becoming “abstract ideologists”.

The Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica published an exclusive text on Friday of a three-hour, closed-door meeting the Argentinian-born pontiff had in late November with heads of orders of priests from around the world.