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Nov 1, 2015

Pope hints Central African Republic visit could be canceled

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis indicated on Sunday that his planned visit to the Central African Republic this month could be canceled if violence between Christians and Muslims there worsens.

Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, he called for an end to the “cycle of violence” in the country he is scheduled to visit Nov. 28-29 as part of a trip that will also take him to Kenya and Uganda.

Oct 31, 2015
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New controls means Sistine Chapel won’t need more restoration-Vatican

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┬áMichaelangelo’s frescoes in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, April 16, 2005. REUTERS/Stringer)

The success of a new high-tech air purification, climate control and lighting system means the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel will likely not have to be restored again, a Vatican official said.

Oct 31, 2015
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Pope Francis denounces clergy who criticized slain Salvadoran bishop Romero

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(Hundreds of Catholic parishioners, students, peasants and workers march on San Salvador’s main thoroughfare March 24 , 1998 to mark the 18th anniversary of the murder of Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in 1980. REUTERS)

Pope Francis on Friday criticised conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.

Oct 30, 2015

Pope denounces clergy who criticized slain Salvadoran bishop Romero

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday criticized conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.

The pope departed from his prepared address to a group of visiting Salvadorans to deliver unusually pointed remarks about the past detractors of Romero, who was beatified last May in El Salvador, putting him a step away from sainthood.

Oct 30, 2015

Rome’s mayor ousted, saying PM stabbed him in the back

ROME (Reuters) – Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, complaining that he had been stabbed in the back by Italy’s prime minister, was ousted on Friday night after a weeks-long political drama that riveted the country.

Marino’s administration of more than two years came to a crashing end on Friday when all 26 city councillors stepped down.

Oct 26, 2015
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World Catholic leaders appeal for bold climate change agreement

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(Cardinal Oswald Gracias (C) signs an appeal for a climate change agreemet at the Vatican, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Roman Catholic leaders from around the world made an unprecedented joint appeal on Monday to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to produce “a truly transformational” agreement to stem global warming.

Oct 26, 2015
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Pope Francis, ending synod, excoriates bishops with ‘closed hearts’

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(Pope Francis chats with Cardinal Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo (R) at the synod on the family in the Synod hall at the Vatican, October 23, 2015.REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis, ending a contentious bishops’ meeting on family issues, on Saturday excoriated immovable Church leaders who “bury their heads in the sand” and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer.

Oct 25, 2015

Pope, closing synod, calls for more open-hearted Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis closed a contentious bishops’ meeting on family issues on Sunday calling for a more open-hearted, compassionate Church rooted in people’s lives and not a programmatic, arid one that fears changes and challenges.

At the end of the three week gathering, the bishops agreed to a qualified opening toward divorcees who have remarried outside the Church and currently cannot receive communion.

Oct 25, 2015

Pope, ending synod, excoriates bishops with ‘closed hearts’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, ending a contentious bishops’ meeting on family issues, on Saturday excoriated immovable Church leaders who “bury their heads in the sand” and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer.

The pope spoke at the end of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, where the bishops agreed to a qualified opening toward divorcees who have remarried outside the Church but rejected calls for more welcoming language toward homosexuals.

Oct 24, 2015

Vatican synod ends with opening to divorcees, no change on gays

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Roman Catholic bishops agreed on Saturday to a qualified opening toward divorcees who have remarried outside the Church but rejected calls for more welcoming language towards homosexuals.

The outcome of a three-week gathering at the Vatican, known as a synod and presided over by Pope Francis, marked a victory for conservatives on homosexual issues and for progressives on the thorny issue of remarriage.