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Nov 30, 2014
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Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State

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(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “barbaric violence” in Syria and Iraq.

Nov 30, 2014

Pope says Islamist violence in Syria, Iraq is a ‘grave sin against God’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there.

The pope spoke on the last day of his weekend trip to Turkey, which is sheltering nearly 2 million refugees from Syria, thousands of Christians among them.

Nov 28, 2014
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Pope Francis slams all forms of fundamentalism and Syria, Iraq persecution

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(Pope Francis prepares to shake hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “grave persecutions” in Syria and Iraq.

Nov 28, 2014

Pope urges solidarity to stop aggressors in Syria and Iraq

ANKARA (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “grave persecutions” in Syria and Iraq.

Speaking at the start of a three-day trip to Turkey, Francis said “terrorist violence” showed no sign of abating in Turkey’s southern neighbors, where Islamist insurgents had declared a caliphate and persecuted Shi’ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam.

Nov 20, 2014

Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger.

Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.

Nov 18, 2014

Vatican bank gets assets back, wants new footing with Italian banks

VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Italian bank has
returned to the Vatican 23 million euros ($28.8 million) that
was blocked in a 2010 money laundering investigation, the
Vatican bank said on Tuesday, in a sign that the Holy See’s
efforts to make its finances more transparent are paying off.

The Vatican bank, whose official name is Institute for Works
of Religion (IOR), said in a statement that the move was “a
consequence of the introduction of a fully-fledged anti-money
laundering and supervisory system”.

Nov 17, 2014

Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year

VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions.

Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.

Nov 17, 2014

Pope says will visit United States next year

VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.

Nov 16, 2014

Spared in war, Italy’s “greatest picture” saved again by benefactor

SANSEPOLCRO, Italy, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An Italian
Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once
described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from
destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who
defied orders to shell the town.

Today, Piero della Francesca’s 15th Century fresco of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ on a wall in the Tuscan town of
Sansepolcro is again in danger, and those trying to save it are
again taking matters into their own hands.

Nov 10, 2014
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Pope Francis demotes outspoken American conservative Cardinal Burke

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(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.