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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.

Mar 30, 2013

Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St. Peter’s

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics into Easter for the first time, on Saturday urged those who have strayed from the faith to allow God back into their lives.

Francis, who was elected on March 13, presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter’ Basilica to usher the Catholic Church into the most important day of its liturgical calendar.

Mar 29, 2013

Pope leads traditional Good Friday rite at Rome Colosseum

ROME (Reuters) – Thousands of people holding candles turned out at Rome’s Colosseum to see Pope Francis mark the first Good Friday of his pontificate with a traditional “Way of the Cross” procession around the ancient amphitheatre.

Francis, who was elected on March 13, sat under a red canopy on Rome’s Palatine Hill as representatives of the faithful from around the world alternated carrying a wooden cross on the day Christians commemorated Jesus’s death by crucifixion.

Mar 29, 2013
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Pope Francis includes women, Muslims for first time in Holy Thursday rite

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Pope Francis washes the foot of a prisoner at Casal del Marmo youth prison in Rome March 28, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

Two young women were among 12 people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed at a traditional ceremony in a Rome youth prison on Holy Thursday, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite.

Mar 28, 2013

Pope includes women for first time in Holy Thursday rite

ROME (Reuters) – Two young women were among 12 people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed at a traditional ceremony in a Rome youth prison on Holy Thursday, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite.

The pope travelled to the Casal del Marmo prison on Rome’s outskirts for the traditional Mass, which commemorates Jesus’s gesture of humility towards his apostles the night before he died.

Mar 28, 2013

Pope urges Catholic priests to help poor, shun careerism

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Beginning a busy program of Easter events, Pope Francis on Thursday urged Catholic priests to devote themselves to helping the poor and suffering instead of worrying about careers as Church “managers”.

Francis’ homily at his first Holy Thursday service as Roman Catholic leader was the latest sign since his surprise election two weeks ago of his determination that the 1.2 billion-member Church should be closer to the poor.

Mar 24, 2013

New pope cites grandma’s folk wisdom at his first Palm Sunday

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The new pope began Holy Week on Sunday with a sermon invoking the folk wisdom of his grandmother, further emphasising a new-look papacy that aims to be closer to the people.

Leading his first major service since his election, Pope Francis addressed a vast crowd gathered for Palm Sunday with simple language, urging them to shun corruption and greed and reach out to “the humble, the poor, the forgotten”.