VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.
Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.
SANSEPOLCRO, Italy, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An Italian
Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once
described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from
destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who
defied orders to shell the town.
Today, Piero della Francesca’s 15th Century fresco of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ on a wall in the Tuscan town of
Sansepolcro is again in danger, and those trying to save it are
again taking matters into their own hands.
Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.
Rino Pensa has been making personalised papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a mainstay of his small business creating intricately lettered scrolls marking milestones like baptisms and marriages.
ROME, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Rino Pensa has been making
personalised papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a
mainstay of his small business creating intricately lettered
scrolls marking milestones like baptisms and marriages.
The Vatican has decided that as of Jan. 1 his workshop and
about 60 other producers and stores that have been in the papal
blessing business for decades will no longer be allowed to make
or sell them, a decision vendors say could cost up to 500 jobs.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano, who reluctantly agreed to a second term in 2013 at a time of political crisis, may step down in January, five years before the end of his term, political commentators said on Sunday.
Napolitano, 89, could announce his decision in his traditional year-end address on Dec. 31 and leave office several weeks later, commentators in major newspapers said.
VATICAN CITY, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday
demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been
highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the
Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, 66, was removed as head of the
Vatican’s highest court and appointed to the ceremonial post of
chaplain of the charity group Knights of Malta.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has issued staff with a manual on economic ethics and accountability, as part of Pope Francis’ effort to clean up the Holy See’s finances after a rash of scandals.
The 45-page Financial Management Policies was sent to all Vatican departments this week by the Secretariat for the Economy, a special unit set up earlier this year, according to an internal cover letter seen by Reuters.
VATICAN CITY, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Wednesday
unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air
purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine
Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of
Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide
pose a major risk to the masterpieces, which are more than 500
years old. They include one of the most famous scenes in the
history of art – the arm of a gentle bearded God reaching out to
give life to Adam.
Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.