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Jun 8, 2015
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Pope Francis says Vatican ruling on Medjugorje ‘apparitions’ is near


(Catholics gather at the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared in an apparition in Medjugorje, south of Sarajevo, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

The Vatican is close to making a ruling on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, one of the most controversial cases in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis said on Saturday.

Jun 7, 2015

Pope in Sarajevo, urges lasting ethnic and religious peace

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged Bosnians on Saturday to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic.

“The cry of God’s people goes up once again from this city… War never again,” he said at a Mass for some 65,000 people at the stadium of the city that was once a symbol of ethnic and religious diversity in socialist Yugoslavia.

Jun 6, 2015

Pope to urge reconciliation in Bosnia 20 years after war

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after the Bosnian war.

The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.

Jun 5, 2015
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Pope Francis appoints first Vatican auditor-general in latest transparency move


(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a special audience with members of the “Children’s Train” at the Vatican May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jun 5, 2015

Pope appoints first auditor-general in latest transparency move

VATICAN CITY, June 5 (Reuters) – The Vatican appointed its
first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move
aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances
at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

A statement said the pope, who has made cleaning up finances
a major plank of his papacy, had chosen Libero Milone, a
66-year-old Italian who is a former chairman and CEO of the
global auditing firm Deloitte in Italy.

Jun 2, 2015

Vatican abuse commission keeps distance in row over Australian cardinal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican commission on sex abuse distanced itself on Tuesday from criticisms lodged by one of its members against an Australian cardinal but urged Church leaders to move swiftly to achieve justice for victims.

Commission member Peter Saunders of Britain said two days ago on Australian television that Cardinal George Pell should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children years ago.

Jun 2, 2015
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Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges of disregard of sexual abuse


(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican on Monday strongly defended Australian Cardinal George Pell against accusations by a member of Pope Francis’ commission on sexual abuse that the Vatican’s finance chief had little regard for victims.

May 29, 2015
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Financial regulator says Vatican bank needs more reform


(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican State , December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican bank has made good progress in transparency but needs more changes to consolidate anti-money laundering reforms, the Holy See’s financial regulator said on Friday.

May 11, 2015
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Raul Castro meets Pope Francis, says he might return to Catholic Church


(Pope Francis (R) meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis on Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.

May 10, 2015

Raul Castro meets pope before pontiff’s Cuban, U.S. trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff’s trip to both countries in September.

The brother of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the pope for nearly an hour – unusually long for a papal meeting – during a visit the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit.