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Apr 23, 2013

Italy president set to announce choice for prime minister

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano is set to announce on Wednesday his choice of prime minister to form a new government and pull the euro zone’s third largest economy out of a two-month political rut.

The new coalition government, which could take office in a matter of days, would be backed primarily by the rivals on the center-left and center-right, the same parties that had refused to cut a deal since national elections in late February.

Apr 22, 2013

Irate Italian president to begin talks on new coalition

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president launches urgent talks on Tuesday that could see a prime minister designated after two months of post-electoral stalemate that has weighed on a stagnant economy and alarmed Rome’s partners in the euro.

After directing an emotional blast of impatience on Monday at the very parliament which handed him an unprecedented – and heartily unwanted – second term as head of state at the weekend, 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano has announced a “rapid round of consultations” with political leaders, starting early Tuesday.

Apr 15, 2013

Pope stands firm on reforming “radical feminist” U.S. nuns

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s criticism of a body that represents U.S. nuns which the Church said was tainted by “radical” feminism, dashing hopes he might take a softer stand with the sisters.

Francis’s predecessor, Benedict, decreed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, must change its ways, a ruling which the Vatican said on Monday still applied.

Apr 13, 2013

Indian among eight cardinals to advise Pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major decision, on Saturday set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.

The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict before he resigned in February.

Apr 13, 2013

Pope makes first big decision naming advisory board

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major decision, on Saturday set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.

The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict before he resigned in February.

Apr 5, 2013

Pope Francis urges decisive action against sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to “act decisively” to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday.

Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See’s doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important “for the Church and its credibility”, a statement said.

Apr 2, 2013
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Pope Francis to review Vatican bureaucracy and its scandal-ridden bank

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(St Peter Basilica is seen over Sant’Angelo bridge on the Tiber river in Rome December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Apr 2, 2013

Insight: Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Francis, who inherited a Church mired in scandals over priests’ sexual abuse of children and the leak of confidential documents alleging corruption and infighting in the Vatican’s central administration, is mulling his options as he sets the tone for a reformed and humbler Holy See.

Apr 2, 2013

Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

VATICAN CITY, April 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has said
he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and
honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s
scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled
bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Francis, who inherited a Church mired in scandals over
priests’ sexual abuse of children and the leak of confidential
documents alleging corruption and infighting in the Vatican’s
central administration, is mulling his options as he sets the
tone for a reformed and humbler Holy See.

Mar 31, 2013

Pope appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions, in Easter message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

In his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, an end to the civil war in Syria, and political solutions to conflicts in several African countries.