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Jan 13, 2014
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Pope’s choice of new Catholic cardinals puts emphasis on the poor

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(Faithful watch a maxi screen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world and emphasizing his concern for poor countries.

Jan 13, 2014

Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion ‘horrific’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.

The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.

Jan 12, 2014

Breastfeed babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis baptised 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers, including one who was married in a civil service rather than in church, to have no qualms about breast-feeding them there.

Unlike his predecessors, who usually delivered long and theology-laden homilies at the yearly baptism event, the pope offered a brief, improvised homily of some 300 words centred on the children.

Jan 12, 2014

Pope’s choice of new cardinals puts emphasis on poor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis put his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy on Sunday, naming 19 new cardinals from around the world.

Sixteen of them are “cardinal electors” under 80 and thus eligible to enter a conclave to elect a pope. They come from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, the Philippines and Haiti..

Jan 12, 2014

Feed your babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers to have no qualms about feeding them there.

Unlike his predecessors, who usually delivered long and theology-laden homilies at the yearly event, the pope offered a brief, improvised homily of some 300 words centered on the children.

Jan 8, 2014
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Conservative Roman Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

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( Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

How can an order of priests go on serving the Catholic Church and the faithful after revelations that the man who founded it was a fraud who lived a double life as a pedophile, womanizer and drug addict?

Jan 8, 2014

Conservative Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – How can an order of priests go on serving the Catholic Church and the faithful after revelations that the man who founded it was a fraud who lived a double life as a pedophile, womanizer and drug addict?

That is the dilemma facing the Legionaries of Christ, as the conservative religious order started a six-week meeting on Wednesday to write a new constitution and chart a future course that would put the stain of scandal behind it.

Jan 7, 2014
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Pope Francis set to name new cardinals to reflect his vision of the Catholic Church

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Cardinals attend the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis is set to make the most important decisions of his young papacy in the next few weeks by naming new cardinals – the “princes of the Church” who will help him set its future course and one day elect his successor from their number.

Jan 7, 2014

Pope set to name cardinals to reflect his vision of the Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis is set to make the most important decisions of his young papacy in the next few weeks by naming new cardinals – the “princes of the Church” who will help him set its future course and one day elect his successor from their number.

A pope’s choice of cardinals is one of the clearest signals of the direction in which he wants the 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church to go, and what type of man he wants to succeed him.

Jan 7, 2014
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Vatican denies Pope Francis is open to recognition of gay civil unions

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Two bride figurines adorn the top of a wedding cake during an illegal same-sex wedding ceremony in central Melbourne August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The VaticanĀ  has denied Italian media reports that recent comments by Pope Francis signaled his openness to the legal recognition of same-sex unions in Italy.