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Mar 26, 2014

Vatican removes Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican removed a German bishop on Wednesday because he spent 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Francis was preaching austerity.

It said the atmosphere in the diocese of Limburg had become such that Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst could no longer carry out a “fruitful exercise” of his ministry there.

Mar 26, 2014

Obama to find ally on justice in first meeting with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Despite differences on moral issues, U.S. President Barack Obama will find in Pope Francis a welcome ally on issues of poverty and social justice when they meet for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday.

The president has sparred with the Catholic Church hierarchy in the United States over his support for abortion rights, gay marriage and the “contraception mandate” that requires employers to provide health insurance cover for artificial birth control.

Mar 13, 2014
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Timeline: The first year of the papacy of Francis

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(Pope Francis on the flight to Rome from Brazil where he made his “who am I to judge?” comment, July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool)

Below is a timeline of the major events since then and the key decisions he has made.

Mar 13, 2014
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Most memorable quotes of Pope Francis from his first year

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(Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez )

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.

Mar 13, 2014

Pope marks first anniversary with tweet from retreat

Vatican City (Reuters) – Pope Francis marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday with a tweet from his retreat.

“Pray for me,” Francis tweeted on his English account @pontifex. If you are a Latin lover, the literary kind, it was “Orate pro me”.

Mar 13, 2014
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In Vatican shake-up, Pope Francis redefines the role of his second-in-command

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(Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

When he was elected a year ago, Pope Francis promised to shake up the bureaucracy of the world’s smallest country. He has started at the top – curbing the once-overarching role of the secretary of state.

Mar 13, 2014

Insight – In Vatican shake-up, Pope redefines role of second-in-command

Vatican City (Reuters) – When he was elected a year ago, Pope Francis promised to shake up the bureaucracy of the world’s smallest country. He has started at the top – curbing the once-overarching role of the secretary of state.

The cardinal who oversees the Vatican’s relations with other countries has served as the top ranking official in the Holy See’s bureaucracy since the 17th century. And in recent decades the office accumulated increasing authority over finances and job hires, taking on roles analogous to prime minister and chief of staff in the papal court, as well as that of top diplomat.

Mar 13, 2014

In Vatican shake-up, Pope redefines role of second-in-command

Vatican City (Reuters) – When he was elected a year ago, Pope Francis promised to shake up the bureaucracy of the world’s smallest country. He has started at the top – curbing the once-overarching role of the secretary of state.

The cardinal who oversees the Vatican’s relations with other countries has served as the top ranking official in the Holy See’s bureaucracy since the 17th century. And in recent decades the office accumulated increasing authority over finances and job hires, taking on roles analogous to prime minister and chief of staff in the papal court, as well as that of top diplomat.

Mar 6, 2014
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Pope Francis confesses to pilfering a cross from a dead priest

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(Pope Francis at the Vatican June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

Pope Francis revealed on Thursday he had succumbed to “that thief in all of us” and broke the seventh commandment by stealing a small cross from the coffin of a priest so he could remember the man.

In off-the-cuff comments to Roman priests (here in English and in Italian), Francis recalled when he was in his native Buenos Aires, he went to the funeral of an elderly priest he admired.

Mar 5, 2014
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Italian publisher launches Pope fan magazine, including centerfold pictures

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(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

An Italian publisher on Wednesday launched a fan magazine devoted exclusively to Pope Francis – including a centerfold – just as the pope said he did not want to be seen as a superstar.