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May 28, 2013

Bernardo Bertolucci says TV shows better than Hollywood now

ROME, May 28 (Reuters) – When he was 12, Bernardo Bertolucci
looked in a mirror and imagined himself as John Wayne. Now, at
73, he is confined to a wheelchair but is still a towering
figure of Italian cinema.

Today, the Oscar-winning director is disappointed with the
Hollywood that once inspired him and prefers television series
such as “Mad Men”, saying they are better casted and better
directed than big screen productions.

May 23, 2013

Pope, Salvador president, discuss beatification of slain archbishop

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The president of El Salvador met Pope Francis on Thursday to urge his fellow Latin American to put Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980, on the road to Roman Catholic sainthood.

The sainthood process for Romero was effectively stalled under former popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI because they saw him as too close to Liberation Theology, a radical movement which emphasized helping the poor and opposing injustice.

May 22, 2013

Vatican financial body investigating possible money laundering

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s new financial watchdog said on Wednesday it had detected six possible attempts to use the Holy See to launder money last year, citing this as proof of its commitment to transparency.

The head of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), presenting its first annual report, also said it would soon have stronger supervisory powers over the Vatican’s scandal-plagued bank, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), dubbed the world’s most secretive bank by Forbes magazine.

May 21, 2013
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Vatican marks anniversary of the 1972 attack on Michelangelo’s Pieta

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(A combo photo shows a detail view of the damaged Michelangelo’s Pieta and it after restoration works at the Vatican. Musei Vaticani/Handout via Reuters)

Forty-one years ago, a crazed Hungarian named Laszlo Toth jumped an altar railing in St. Peter’s Basilica and dealt 12 hammer blows to Michelangelo’s Pieta, severely damaging the Renaissance masterpiece.

May 20, 2013
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Church must help the poorest, not discuss theology over tea, Pope Francis says

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(Pope Francis speaks as he leads a Pentecost vigil mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

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.

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.