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Apr 25, 2013

Differences with centre-right delay Italy’s Letta

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s prime minister-designate Enrico Letta started “encouraging” talks on Thursday for a new government to end two months of political deadlock, but said significant differences with the centre-right would take more time to iron out.

Letta, the 46-year-old deputy head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said he would use Friday as a “day to reflect” on his chances of piecing together a broad coalition to govern the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

Apr 25, 2013

Pope hints at possible changes to scandal-ridden Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY, April 25 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has
indicated for the first time that he may make changes to the
Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of the
Holy See’s troubled administration.

Before Francis was elected last month, many of the cardinals
who went on to choose him expressed concern about the harm done
to the Church’s image by three decades of scandals at the bank,
which Italian magistrates are now investigating for money
laundering.

Apr 25, 2013

Letta sees improving chances of forming Italy government

ROME, April 25 (Reuters) – Prime Minister-designate Enrico
Letta saw “improving” chances of success as he began
negotiations on Thursday to form a new government and end a
nearly two-month-old stalemate in the euro zone’s third-largest
economy.

The 46-year-old deputy head of the badly fractured
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was the President Giorgio
Napolitano’s surprise choice to head a broad-based coalition.

Apr 25, 2013

Letta tries to form government to break Italy’s political logjam

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta began tricky negotiations on Thursday to form Italy’s new government and end a nearly two-month-old stalemate in the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

Letta, the deputy head of the badly fractured center-left Democratic Party (PD), was the surprise choice tapped by President Giorgio Napolitano to head a broad-based coalition.

Apr 23, 2013

Italy president set to announce choice for prime minister

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano is set to announce on Wednesday his choice of prime minister to form a new government and pull the euro zone’s third largest economy out of a two-month political rut.

The new coalition government, which could take office in a matter of days, would be backed primarily by the rivals on the center-left and center-right, the same parties that had refused to cut a deal since national elections in late February.

Apr 22, 2013

Irate Italian president to begin talks on new coalition

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president launches urgent talks on Tuesday that could see a prime minister designated after two months of post-electoral stalemate that has weighed on a stagnant economy and alarmed Rome’s partners in the euro.

After directing an emotional blast of impatience on Monday at the very parliament which handed him an unprecedented – and heartily unwanted – second term as head of state at the weekend, 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano has announced a “rapid round of consultations” with political leaders, starting early Tuesday.

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.