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Oct 1, 2014
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Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

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(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Sep 29, 2014
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Two popes attend gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican

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(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican on Sunday, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as “hidden euthanasia”.

Sep 26, 2014
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Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

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(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Pope Francis has dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Sep 25, 2014

Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the United States, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The Argentinian-born pontiff has vowed zero tolerance against Roman Catholic clerics who sexually abuse minors after a series of scandals hit the Church in a number of countries over many years. Last May, Francis called such abuse an “ugly crime” and likened it to “a Satanic mass”.

Sep 24, 2014

Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as a young man

FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 24 (Reuters) – If there is any mind an
art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo
da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor
whose genius epitomised the brilliance of the Renaissance.

That was the unique opportunity restorers in Florence have
relished as they clean the “Adoration of the Magi”, a massive
painting that Leonardo started in 1481 at the age of 29 but
abandoned a year later, leaving it in various stages of
conception and development.

Sep 24, 2014
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Vatican arrests defrocked former archbishop on paedophilia charges

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(Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, saying mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre)

The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.

Sep 23, 2014

Vatican arrests former archbishop on paedophilia charges

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.

Jozef Wesolowski, a Pole who was defrocked by a Vatican tribunal in June, has been placed under house awaiting a criminal trial, the Vatican said in a statement.

Sep 22, 2014
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Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Catholic Church

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(Bishop Blase Cupich, answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington in this June 16, 2011 file photo. Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on September 20, 2014 named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. REUTERS/Marcus Donner/)

Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago.

Sep 21, 2014

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

TIRANA Albania (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armor of God”.

Francis made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, an impoverished Balkan country hailed by the pontiff as a model of inter-faith harmony because of good relations between its majority Muslim community and its Christian denominations.

Sep 18, 2014

Sophia Loren, Italy’s national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Sophia Loren, Italy’s national
cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking
the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her
rags-to-riches life.

For the 300-page “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – My Life,”
Loren went into what she called her “trunk of memories” to fish
out old pictures, letters and notes from the likes of Cary
Grant, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Richard Burton, not to
mention Italian soul mate Marcello Mastroianni.