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Feb 6, 2015
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Pope Francis gives homeless in rainy Rome lost-and-found umbrellas

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(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave voting that elected Pope Francis, at the Vatican March 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Pope Francis has ordered that umbrellas forgotten by tourists be distributed to the homeless of Rome to get them through a spate of unusually rainy weather, Ansa news agency said on its website on Friday.

Feb 5, 2015
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I’m a technology disaster, Pope Francis confesses on Google Hangout

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(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference with youths in San Salvador September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)

Pope Francis, who has called the internet a “gift from God,” confessed via Webcam to an inquisitive girl on Thursday that he is a disaster with technology and does not know how to use a computer.

Feb 5, 2015

Pope orders bishops to cooperate with sex abuse commission

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to fully cooperate with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics and to give the issue top priority even if it unearths new scandals.

The pope sent the letter to the bishops and heads of religious institutions a day before the commission, which he established last year, was due to hold its first full meeting.

Feb 3, 2015
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Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero nearer to sainthood

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(Salvadorans carry banners with the image of slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of his death at the cathedral in downtown San Salvador March 24, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez)

Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

Feb 3, 2015

Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said the pope had approved a decree that Romero had been killed “in hatred of the faith”, ratifying recommendations by a commission of cardinals and theological experts.

Jan 31, 2015

Two cases of child pornography possession in Vatican in 2014

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.

Gian Piero Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reported the cases in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony marking the start of the city-state’s judicial year.

Jan 30, 2015

U.S. EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change

ROME (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that “the science is real”.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope’s belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations.

Jan 19, 2015

Pope says birth control ban doesn’t mean breed “like rabbits”

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Catholics should not feel they have to breed “like rabbits” because of the Church’s ban on contraception, Pope Francis said on Monday, suggesting approved natural family planning methods.

Francis used the unusually frank language during an hour-long news conference on the plane from Manila to Rome at the end of his week-long Asia trip.

Jan 18, 2015

Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

MANILA (Reuters) – Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the office of the president told the Vatican that between six and seven million attended the Mass in Manila’s Rizal Park and surrounding areas.

Jan 18, 2015
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Pope Francis’s Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

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(An overview of an open-air Mass led by Pope Francis at Rizal Park in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event.