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Feb 6, 2014

The real-life Philomena meets pope, says all is forgiven

ROME (Reuters) – Philomena Lee, whose long search for the son she was forced to give up as an unwed teenager in Catholic Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated film bearing her name, says that after meeting Pope Francis she feels forgiven and has forgiven.

“He really made me feel so good inside because I carried the guilt inside me for 50 years, without telling anybody,” Lee, 80, said on Thursday, a day after a brief meeting with the pope.

Feb 6, 2014

Disgraced Catholic order denounces founder, apologizes to victims

ROME (Reuters) – A disgraced Catholic religious order whose late founder lived a double life as a paedophile, womanizer and drug addict officially denounced him on Thursday and apologized to his “many victims”.

The Legionaries of Christ, which former members said was run like a cult rooted in secrecy, accused Father Marcial Maciel of “reprehensible and objectively immoral behavior” as head of the order from 1941 until former Pope Benedict removed him in 2006.

Feb 5, 2014

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

GENEVA/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The United Nations demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report on Wednesday.

Church officials had imposed a “code of silence” on clerics, to prevent them reporting attacks to police, and moved abusers from parish to parish “in an attempt to cover-up such crimes,” the U.N.’s Child Rights watchdog said.

Feb 4, 2014

Reach out and touch the poor, Pope says in Lent message

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for a fair distribution of wealth and equal access to education and health care on Tuesday in a Lenten message where he urged people to reach out and touch “the poverty of our brothers”.

In his message for the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, he also said Christians should help those suffering from moral poverty, such as the “thrall” of alcohol, drugs, gambling and pornography.

Jan 31, 2014
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You’ve got mail, Pope Francis. Lots of it…


(Pope Francis receives a postcard with a photograph of himself as a gift at the end of his Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

Jan 31, 2014
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Italian police recover blood-stained cloth from relic of Pope John Paul II


(A broken glass of a niche where the stolen reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was located is seen next to a painting of the late Pope in the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L’Aquila January 28, 2014 .REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic.

Jan 31, 2014

You’ve got mail, Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

“Mostly, they are requests for comfort or prayers,” Monsignor Giuliano Gallorini, the head of the office, told Vatican Television (CTV).

Jan 30, 2014

Pope replaces cardinal at head of Vatican financial authority

VATICAN CITY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday
replaced a cardinal who played a senior role in Vatican finances
for more than a decade, in his latest move to clear out the old
financial guard associated with his predecessor.

The Vatican said the pope had accepted the resignation of
Cardinal Atillio Nicora as president of the Vatican’s Financial
Information Authority (AIF), its internal regulatory watchdog.

Jan 29, 2014
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Move over Superman. It’s time for … Superpope


(A priest and a nun walk by a large drawing of Pope Francis depicting him as a superhero on a wall near the Vatican January 29, 2014. The Argentinian Pope is shown taking off into air with his right fist clenched in a classic Superman style. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis may already be a hero to the world’s downtrodden but at least one pop artist thinks he’s more than that. Move over Superman, it’s time for Superpope.

Jan 28, 2014

Italy Church appeals to thieves to return John Paul blood relic

ROME (Reuters) – The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a “vile and sacrilegious theft”.

The gold reliquary was stolen at the weekend from a small stone church, San Pietro della Ienca, in the mountains east of Rome, where, in his younger days, the pope would slip away secretly from the pressures of the Vatican to hike and ski.