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Oct 7, 2014
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Pope Francis ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

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(The legendary Latin orator Cicero addresses the Roman Senate ┬áin 63 BC/”Cicero Accuses Catiline” by Cesare Maccari, 1888, now in Palazzo Madama in Rome)

In a break with the past, Pope Francis has decided that Latin will not be the official language of a worldwide gathering of bishops at the Vatican.

Oct 6, 2014
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Pope Francis, opening Catholic gathering at Vatican, tells bishops to speak frankly

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(Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool )

Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

Oct 6, 2014

Pope, opening Catholic gathering, tells bishops to speak frankly

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

After a ceremonial opening on Sunday, some 200 bishops from around the world sat with the pope in a Vatican hall to begin the working sessions of the two-week synod, which is centered on the theme of the family and could help define Francis’ papacy.

Oct 5, 2014

Pope opens synod with call for bishops to stop in-fighting

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues.

The synod is the first since Francis’s election 19 months ago with a mandate to turn around an institution hit by declining membership in many countries and scandals including the sexual abuse of children by priests and irregularities in Vatican finances.

Oct 2, 2014
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Vatican family synod will be a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

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(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

A global assembly of Roman Catholic bishops is shaping up as the first major showdown of Pope Francis’s papacy, with conservative and progressive cardinals trading insults ahead of its start on Sunday.

Oct 2, 2014

Vatican meeting a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A global assembly of Roman Catholic bishops is shaping up as the first major showdown of Pope Francis’s papacy, with conservative and progressive cardinals trading insults ahead of its start on Sunday.

The two-week synod on the theme of the family will be attended by more than 250 people — nearly all of them bishops of the 1.2 billion-member Church and also 13 married couples.

Oct 1, 2014
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Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

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(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Sep 29, 2014
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Two popes attend gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican

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(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican on Sunday, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as “hidden euthanasia”.

Sep 26, 2014
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Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

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(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Pope Francis has dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Sep 25, 2014

Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the United States, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The Argentinian-born pontiff has vowed zero tolerance against Roman Catholic clerics who sexually abuse minors after a series of scandals hit the Church in a number of countries over many years. Last May, Francis called such abuse an “ugly crime” and likened it to “a Satanic mass”.