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Jun 27, 2014

Pope cancels local trip, Vatican says no cause for concern

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis canceled a visit to patients at a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a “sudden indisposition”.

But the pope, who has canceled a number of engagements in recent weeks due to minor health problems, will still receive the Madagascan president and host a celebration of the feast day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul this weekend, the Vatican said.

Jun 27, 2014

Pope cancels Rome hospital visit at last minute

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a “sudden indisposition”.

The Vatican gave no immediate details, but a senior source there said there was “nothing serious” ailing the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff, who has cancelled a number of engagements in the past few weeks due to minor health problems.

Jun 27, 2014
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Gays and their children should not suffer Church bias, Vatican document says

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(Members of a gay activist group hold signs in front of St. Peter’s square in the Vatican December 16, 2012.┬áREUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.

Jun 26, 2014

Gays and their children should not suffer Church bias: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.

A 75-page document, a working paper for the synod of Catholic bishops planned for the Vatican in October to discuss family issues, also said the 1.2 billion member Church should become less exclusive and more humble.

Jun 24, 2014
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Vatican cricketers to meet British royal household, Church of England teams

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(A player from a team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae’s Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Cricket teams representing Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis will face each other at Windsor Castle, the Vatican said on Monday, stamping its unprecedented venture into a sport rooted in Anglicanism with the royal seal of approval.

Jun 23, 2014

Queen’s, Pope’s cricket teams to meet at Windsor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cricket teams representing Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis will face each other at Windsor Castle, the Vatican said on Monday, stamping its unprecedented venture into a sport rooted in Anglicanism with the royal seal of approval.

The September 17 fixture will pit the Vatican XI against a side of Britain’s royal household made up of soldiers, guards and staff. Two days later the Holy See’s representatives will play a Church of England team in Canterbury.

Jun 23, 2014

Cricket-Queen’s, Pope’s cricket teams to meet at Windsor

VATICAN CITY, June 23 (Reuters) – Cricket teams representing Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis will face each other at Windsor Castle, the Vatican said on Monday, stamping its unprecedented venture into a sport rooted in Anglicanism with the royal seal of approval.

The September 17 fixture will pit the Vatican XI against a side of Britain’s royal household made up of soldiers, guards and staff. Two days later the Holy See’s representatives will play a Church of England team in Canterbury.

Jun 21, 2014

Pope lambastes mobsters, says mafiosi ‘are excommunicated’

SIBARI Italy (Reuters) – Francis on Saturday issued the strongest attack on organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising the “the adoration of evil” and saying mafiosi are excommunicated.

It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication – a total cutoff from the Church – in direct reference to members of organised crime.

Jun 21, 2014

Pope condemns mob violence against children on trip to Italy’s south

JONIO Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis, visiting a stronghold of one of Italy’s most dangerous crime groups, on Saturday comforted the jailed father of a three-year-old boy killed in an ambush and condemned mob violence against children.

Francis flew by helicopter to the town of Cassano All’ Jonio in the southern Calabria region, home of the mafia-style ‘Ndrangheta which investigators say has spread around the world.

Jun 16, 2014

Financial, commodities speculation is “intolerable,” Pope says

VATICAN CITY, June 16 (Reuters) – Pope Francis criticised
the wealth made from financial speculation on Monday as
“intolerable” and said speculation on commodities was a
“scandal” that compromised the poor’s access to food.

Since his election in March 2013, Francis has often attacked
the global economic system as being insensitive to the poor and
not doing enough to share wealth with those who need it most.