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Apr 15, 2013

Pope stands firm on reforming “radical feminist” U.S. nuns

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s criticism of a body that represents U.S. nuns which the Church said was tainted by “radical” feminism, dashing hopes he might take a softer stand with the sisters.

Francis’s predecessor, Benedict, decreed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, must change its ways, a ruling which the Vatican said on Monday still applied.

Apr 13, 2013

Indian among eight cardinals to advise Pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major decision, on Saturday set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.

The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict before he resigned in February.

Apr 13, 2013

Pope makes first big decision naming advisory board

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major decision, on Saturday set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.

The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict before he resigned in February.

Apr 5, 2013

Pope Francis urges decisive action against sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to “act decisively” to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday.

Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See’s doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important “for the Church and its credibility”, a statement said.

Apr 2, 2013
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Pope Francis to review Vatican bureaucracy and its scandal-ridden bank

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(St Peter Basilica is seen over Sant’Angelo bridge on the Tiber river in Rome December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Apr 2, 2013

Insight: Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Francis, who inherited a Church mired in scandals over priests’ sexual abuse of children and the leak of confidential documents alleging corruption and infighting in the Vatican’s central administration, is mulling his options as he sets the tone for a reformed and humbler Holy See.

Apr 2, 2013

Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

VATICAN CITY, April 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has said
he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and
honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican’s
scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled
bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

Francis, who inherited a Church mired in scandals over
priests’ sexual abuse of children and the leak of confidential
documents alleging corruption and infighting in the Vatican’s
central administration, is mulling his options as he sets the
tone for a reformed and humbler Holy See.

Mar 31, 2013

Pope appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions, in Easter message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

In his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, an end to the civil war in Syria, and political solutions to conflicts in several African countries.

Mar 30, 2013

Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St. Peter’s

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics into Easter for the first time, on Saturday urged those who have strayed from the faith to allow God back into their lives.

Francis, who was elected on March 13, presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter’ Basilica to usher the Catholic Church into the most important day of its liturgical calendar.

Mar 29, 2013

Pope leads traditional Good Friday rite at Rome Colosseum

ROME (Reuters) – Thousands of people holding candles turned out at Rome’s Colosseum to see Pope Francis mark the first Good Friday of his pontificate with a traditional “Way of the Cross” procession around the ancient amphitheatre.

Francis, who was elected on March 13, sat under a red canopy on Rome’s Palatine Hill as representatives of the faithful from around the world alternated carrying a wooden cross on the day Christians commemorated Jesus’s death by crucifixion.