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Jan 27, 2014

Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Italy church

ROME (Reuters) – Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.

Franca Corrieri said she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.

Jan 24, 2014
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French President François Hollande makes delicate visit to Pope Francis


(Pope Francis (R) talks with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience at the Vatican, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

French President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Friday, making a delicate visit against the backdrop of undenied allegations of infidelity, low popularity ratings and clashes with Catholics over gay marriage.

Jan 23, 2014

Slow down and try a little tenderness, pope tells digital world

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be “a network not of wires but of people”, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Francis, in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Communications Day, also said that while Catholics should cherish and defend their ideas and traditions, they should never be so smug as to claim that “they alone are valid or absolute”.

Jan 22, 2014
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Pope Francis won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor Scicluna


(Newly-ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (C) is congratulated by fellow bishops during his ordination ceremony at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta November 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi )

Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor has said.

Jan 22, 2014

Vatican bank asks Italy to normalize ties after reforms

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican bank asked Italy on Wednesday to resume financial relations effectively frozen since 2010, saying it had made great progress with new anti-money laundering measures Rome had demanded.

The request was made in a status report on the “compliance and transparency program”, of the bank, whose official title is the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Jan 21, 2014
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Pope Francis urges Davos elites to serve humanity with their wealth


(Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, reads a message from Pope Francis at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 in Davos January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich)

Pope Francis challenged business leaders assembled in Davos on Tuesday to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world’s population in poverty and insecurity.

Jan 21, 2014

Arrested Vatican prelate in new money laundering charge

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A former Vatican prelate on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle 20 million euros into Italy was further charged on Tuesday with laundering millions through the Vatican bank, police and his lawyer said.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two other people served with arrest warrants were suspected of laundering and making false statements, police said. The others were Father Luigi Noli, a friend of Scarano suspended from his Vatican job last year, and a notary.

Jan 19, 2014

Berlusconi and Italy’s left head strike electoral reform deal

ROME, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi has returned to
the political scene after a tax fraud conviction, striking a
deal with the leader of the largest centre-left party on
electoral reform that could give Italy badly needed stability.

But the Saturday night agreement between 77-year-old
Berlusconi, still head of the centre-right Forza Italia party he
founded, and Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi has
divided the governing coalition.

Jan 18, 2014

Pope won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday.

Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church’s abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was likely to have fallen to about 100 in 2013 from about 125 in 2012.

Jan 17, 2014
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This little piggy went to the Vatican, to get a blessing


(A traditional Sicilian chariot with a horse is seen in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )Broken

With an oink oink here and a cluck cluck there, animals arrived at the Vatican on Friday to get a blessing.