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Dec 18, 2013

Pope Francis drawing crowds four times larger than predecessor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – More than two million people have flocked to Pope Francis’ general audiences in St. Peter’s Square since his election in March, four times the number that Pope Benedict drew in all of 2012.

The Vatican said on Wednesday it had issued 1,548,500 tickets for the 30 Wednesday general audiences Francis has held since his election on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years.

Dec 18, 2013

San Lorenzo give top fan Pope Francis their trophy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – San Lorenzo visited Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave their number one fan their Argentine league trophy and one of the gloves goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico was wearing in the decisive match last Sunday.

“He told us of the happiness our victory brought him,” said club vice president Marcelo Tinelli.

Dec 18, 2013

Soccer-San Lorenzo give top fan Pope Francis their trophy

VATICAN CITY, Dec 18 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo visited Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave their number one fan their Argentine league trophy and one of the gloves goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico was wearing in the decisive match last Sunday.

“He told us of the happiness our victory brought him,” said club vice president Marcelo Tinelli.

Dec 17, 2013

Prominent gay rights magazine honors pope on 77th birthday

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The oldest gay rights magazine in the United States named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” as the pontiff marked his 77th birthday on Tuesday by inviting homeless people to join him for breakfast in the Vatican.

The Advocate magazine said it gave Francis the honour because, although he is still against homosexual marriage, his pontificate so far had shown “a stark change in (anti-gay) rhetoric from his two predecessors”.

Dec 15, 2013

‘I’m no Marxist’, Pope Francis tells conservative critics

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, said in an Italian newspaper interview on Sunday that he is not a Marxist but that even Marxists can be good people.

Francis also denied reports that he would name a woman cardinal, said there was good progress in cleaning up Vatican finances and confirmed that he would visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next year, La Stampa said.

Dec 12, 2013

Pope attacks mega-salaries and wealth gap in peace message

VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said in the
first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and
bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality
and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of
Peace, marked around the world on Jan. 1, he also called for
sharing of wealth and for nations to shrink the gap between rich
and poor, more of whom are getting only “crumbs”.

Dec 12, 2013

Pope attacks mega-salaries, big bonuses, in peace message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses on Thursday, saying in the first peace message of his pontificate that they are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked by the Church around the world on January 1, he also called for more sharing of wealth among people and nations to narrow the gap between the rich and poor.

Dec 12, 2013

Finance watchdog approves Vatican reforms, urges bank oversight

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has made significant progress in financial reforms but still risks being used for money laundering unless it strengthens controls, a European watchdog said on Thursday.

The 30-page report by Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, is expected to add impetus to Pope Francis’s efforts to clean up the Vatican’s finances after decades of scandal.

Dec 9, 2013

Finance watchdog welcomes Vatican reform, urges bank oversight

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A European committee evaluating the Vatican’s financial reforms said the Holy See had made significant progress but needed more internal controls over its bank and another key financial office, sources familiar with the report said on Monday.

The plenary of Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, adopted a progress report on the Vatican following a July, 2012 initial evaluation that made recommendations on how the Holy See could clean up its murky finances. Moneyval will issue its report on Thursday.

Nov 20, 2013
via FaithWorld

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests

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(A fresco inside the catacomb of Priscilla’a “Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman” room showing a woman with outstretched arms like those of a priest saying Mass. In Rome November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Proponents of a female priesthood say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.