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May 18, 2013

Church must help the poorest, not dissect theology, pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis shared personal moments with 200,000 people on Saturday, telling them he sometimes nods off while praying at the end of a long day and that it “breaks my heart” that the death of a homeless person is not news.

Francis, who has made straight talk and simplicity a hallmark of his papacy, made his unscripted comments in answers to questions by four people at a huge international gathering of Catholic associations in St. Peter’s Square.

May 17, 2013

Gaucho exhibition at Vatican a tribute to pope’s homeland

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Gauchos, the legendary Argentine cowboys from the vast Pampas of Pope Francis’s homeland, are being celebrated in a rare exhibition in no less a place than St. Peter’s Square.

Called “Argentina – The Gaucho, Tradition, Art and Faith,” it opened on Friday in the Braccio Carlo Magno exhibition space under the square’s left colonnade.

May 16, 2013

Vatican Bank to publish yearly report, launch website

VATICAN CITY, May 16 (Reuters) – The Vatican Bank, a centre
of scandals for decades, is to launch its own website and
publish its annual report in an effort to increase transparency,
its new president said.

Ernst von Freyberg told the bank’s employees of the changes,
which should be in place by the end of the year, this week,
according to Vatican Radio.

May 16, 2013

Pope rails against “dictatorship of the economy”, urges reform

VATICAN CITY, May 16 (Reuters) – Pope Francis issued a
strong call for world financial reform on Thursday, condemning a
heartless “dictatorship of the economy” and saying the economic
crisis had made life worse for millions in rich and poor
countries.

“Money has to serve, not to rule,” he told ambassadors in
the first major speech about finance since his election in March
in which he also urged states to take greater control of their
economies and protect the weakest.

May 16, 2013

Vatican Bank to publish its accounts, launch website

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican Bank, a center of scandals for decades, is to launch its own website and publish its annual report in an effort to increase transparency, its new president said.

Ernst von Freyberg told the bank’s employees of the changes, which should be in place by the end of the year, this week, according to Vatican Radio.

May 15, 2013

Disgraced Cardinal to leave Scotland for penance-Vatican

VATICAN CITY, May 15 (Reuters) – Disgraced Cardinal Keith
O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Roman Catholic Church in
Scotland after admitting to sexual misconduct, will leave his
country for months of “prayer and penance”, the Vatican said on
Wednesday.

A brief Vatican statement did not say where O’Brien, once
Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric, was going, or spell out
why he was quitting Scotland.

May 14, 2013

Vatican delves into modern art with its first Biennale pavilion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – For most people, the relationship between contemporary art and the Vatican – home of some of the world’s greatest old masterpieces – is like oil and water – they just don’t mix.

The Vatican’s “culture minister,” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, wants to change that perception and so for the first time the Holy See will have its own pavilion this year at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale, a sacred cow of modern art.

May 12, 2013

15th century Italians who rejected conversion to Islam proclaimed saints

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed as saints some 800 Italians killed in the 15th century for refusing to convert to Islam, and said many Christians were still being persecuted for their faith.

The Vatican seemed at pains not to allow the first canonisations of Francis’ two-month-old papacy to be interpreted as anti-Islamic, saying the deaths of the ‘Otranto Marytrs’ must be understood in their historical context.

May 12, 2013

Pope proclaims first saints, says Christians still persecuted

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed as saints some 800 Italians killed in the 15th century for refusing to convert to Islam, and said many Christians were still being persecuted for their faith.

The Vatican seemed at pains not to allow the first canonizations of Francis’ two-month-old papacy to be interpreted as anti-Islamic, saying the deaths of the ‘Otranto Marytrs’ must be understood in their historical context.

May 10, 2013
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Three popes in Vatican as Egypt’s Coptic leader visits Francis

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(Pope Francis (R) and the Coptic Orthodox leader Tawadros II pose during a private audience in the pontiff’s library at the Vatican, May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Andreas Solaro/Pool)

At the Vatican on Friday not one, not two, but three popes were inside the tiny city-state’s walls at the same time.