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Mar 31, 2015

Vatican defends appointing Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse.

Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city’s cathedral.

Mar 31, 2015

Vatican near deal on financial information sharing -source

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican and Italy are close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and other illicit behavior, a senior Vatican official said on Tuesday.

The deal, which the official said could be announced as early as this week, is part of Pope Francis’ efforts to clean up the finances of the Vatican. The official asked not to be named, because he is not authorised to discuss the accord.

Mar 31, 2015

Italy-Vatican near deal on financial information sharing -source

VATICAN CITY, March 31 (Reuters) – The Vatican and Italy are
close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax
information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and
other illicit behaviour, a senior Vatican official said on
Tuesday.

The deal, which the official said could be announced as
early as this week, is part of Pope Francis’ efforts to clean up
the finances of the Vatican. The official asked not to be named,
because he is not authorised to discuss the accord.

Mar 29, 2015

Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to ‘today’s martyrs’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants.

Francis, who earlier this month began the third year of his papacy, presided at a colorful procession in St. Peter’s Square commemorating the day the Bible says people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus days before he was crucified.

Mar 25, 2015
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Vatican to give homeless people a private VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel

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(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

In Pope Francis’s latest gesture towards Rome’s homeless, the Vatican said on Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Mar 22, 2015

Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop “mothers’ tears”

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged members of organised crime to turn away from violence and exploitation and stop the “tears of the mothers of Naples” after visiting one of the city’s most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods on Saturday.

Francis, on a day-long trip, also spoke out against political corruption in an address to a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighbourhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia.

Mar 21, 2015

Pope rails against crime and corruption in southern Italy

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis visited one of Naples’ most violent and drug-infested neighborhoods on Saturday and urged residents not to let organized crime and corrupt politicians rob them of hope.

Francis, on a day-long trip to the southern city, addressed a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighborhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia.

Mar 20, 2015
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Holocaust-denying bishop defies Vatican again with consecration

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(British-born Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson (2nd L) is escorted by police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

A renegade traditionalist Roman Catholic bishop, who caused an uproar in 2009 by denying the Holocaust, defied the Vatican again on Thursday by consecrating a bishop without permission from Pope Francis.

Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

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(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis, on second anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

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(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.