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Jan 4, 2015
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Pope Francis favors developing world in naming new Catholic cardinals

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(Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, one of the new cardinals named on Sunday by Pope Francis, waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in the Vietnamese capital on May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

Pope Francis on Sunday named new cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, with appointments that strengthened the Catholic Church in Asia, Africa and Latin America and further shifted its power center away from the developed world.

Jan 4, 2015

Pope favors developing world in naming new cardinals

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday named new cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, with appointments that strengthened the Catholic Church in Asia, Africa and Latin America and further shifted its power center away from the developed world.

It was the second time the 78-year-old Francis has used the appointment of cardinals to put his stamp on the 1.2 billion-member church. The two sets of appointments increase the chances that the next pontiff will, like Francis, be a non-European.

Jan 1, 2015

Pope urges united fight against slavery, human trafficking

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human trafficking, saying in his first Mass of 2015 that everyone had a God-given right to be free.

The service at St. Peter’s Basilica marks the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace. This year’s theme is “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters.”

Dec 31, 2014

Pope condemns alleged corruption in Rome, says city needs ‘moral renewal’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday administrators and criminals in Rome who allegedly pocketed public funds meant to help poor migrants, saying the eternal city needed a “spiritual and moral renewal”.

Francis, who has made defense of the poor a trademark of his papacy, forcefully defended their rights in his homily at a New Year’s Eve vespers service for thousands in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dec 26, 2014

Pope condemns Islamic State, decries suffering of children

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year.

Dec 25, 2014

Pope’s Christmas address condemns Islamic State ‘brutal persecution’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to be indifferent to the suffering of so many around the world.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on St. Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year.

Dec 24, 2014

Pope, on Christmas Eve, urges world to be open to God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis ushered the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption.

The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter’s Basilica. It is the second Christmas season for the pope, who was elected last year as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.

Dec 22, 2014
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Pope Francis says the Vatican Curia is sick with power and greed

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(Pope Francis is pictured by mobile phones at a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Dec 22, 2014

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.

Dec 20, 2014
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Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Catholicism’s Franciscan order

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(Catholic monks during the procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, 2006/Abraham Sobkowski OFM)

A branch of the Franciscan religious order that runs churches and convents in 110 countries says fraud by some of its monks has plunged it into grave financial difficulty.