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Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

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(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis, on second anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

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(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

Mar 13, 2015

Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

During the last Holy Year – or Jubilee – in 2000, millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year.

Mar 4, 2015
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Pope Francis approves legal framework for Vatican financial reform

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(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul’s Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

Mar 4, 2015

Ten migrants die in Mediterranean, hundreds rescued

ROME (Reuters) – At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while hundreds more from that vessel and another were rescued, Italian and Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday.

The Italian coast guard said in a statement that one of its ships in the area had managed to rescue most of about 130 people on a boat that capsized on Tuesday some 50 miles north of Libya. Ten bodies were recovered.

Mar 3, 2015
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Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

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(Pope Pius greets pilgrims to Rome at a general audience, September 9, 1950/Ambrosius007)

A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

Mar 3, 2015

Pope approves legal framework for financial reform

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

The statutes had been keenly awaited for signs of how much power would fall to Cardinal George Pell – an outsider Francis brought in to oversee often muddled finances and who, according to Italian media, is viewed skeptically by detractors in the Vatican bureaucracy who feel he has amassed too much power.

Feb 23, 2015
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Pope to mafiosi: repent and Catholic Church will welcome you back

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(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis urged members of Italian organized crime groups on Saturday to repent, saying the Catholic Church would welcome them if they promised to stop serving the cause of evil.

Feb 18, 2015
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Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

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(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter’s Square after Pope Francis’ weekly audience, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church.

Feb 16, 2015

Church sexual abuse crisis far from over, U.S. cardinal says

ROME (Reuters) – The U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse of children by clergy warned his fellow Roman Catholic bishops on Monday not to behave as if the problem had passed.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly.