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May 19, 2014

Women in love with priests ask pope to make celibacy optional

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Twenty-six women who say they are in love with Roman Catholic priests have written to Pope Francis urging him to make celibacy optional.

The women, who all live in Italy, described the “devastating suffering” caused by the church’s ban on priests having sex and marrying.

May 15, 2014

Pope shuns bulletproof vehicles for Middle East trip, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The Vatican, briefing reporters on the trip, also confirmed that a rabbi and an Islamic leader will accompany Pope Francis on his trip to the Middle East in a gesture of the importance he attaches to inter-religious dialogue.

May 10, 2014

Late Pope Paul VI to move closer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY, May 10 (Reuters) – The late Pope Paul VI, who
led the Roman Catholic Church during one of its most turbulent
modern periods and enshrined its opposition to contraception,
will move a step closer to sainthood in October, the Vatican
said on Saturday.

Pope Francis, who last month declared saints of two of his
predecessors, will beatify Paul, declaring him a “blessed” of
the Church, at a ceremony on October 19.

May 9, 2014

U.N. should encourage redistribution of wealth, pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that the world body must do more to help the poor and should encourage the “legitimate redistribution” of wealth.

Francis, who since his election last year has often called for significant changes to economic systems, made his comments in an address to Ban and heads of many U.N. agencies meeting in Rome.

Apr 28, 2014

Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century.

Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter’s Square after the historic double papal canonization as many in the crowd fixed their gaze on huge tapestries of the two popes on the facade of the basilica behind Francis.

Apr 27, 2014

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II become saints, witnessed by thousands

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter’s Square after the historic double canonisation as many in the crowd fixed their gaze on huge tapestries of the two popes on the facade of the basilica behind Francis.

Apr 27, 2014

Huge crowd gathers for historic canonization of two popes

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world converged on St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to attend the sainthood ceremony of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II, two giants of the Catholic Church in the 20th century.

Some, including many families, waited for more than 12 hours along the main street leading to the Vatican before police opened up the square at 5:30 a.m., about four hours before the ceremony was due to start.

Apr 24, 2014
via FaithWorld

Jews hail new papal saints who revolutionized ties with Catholics

Photo

(Pope John Paul II, standing in front of a group of Italian rabbis, waves
farewell April 13, 1986, to members of Rome’s Jewish community in the Rome
Synagogue. REUTERS/Luciano Mellace)

The late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be made saints on Sunday, did so much to end two millennia of Catholic anti-Semitism that a Jewish human rights group calls them “heroes to the Jewish people”.

Apr 24, 2014

Costa Rican ‘miracle’ woman was key to John Paul’s sainthood

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Floribeth Mora Diaz does not care if people think she is crazy. She is convinced – and so is the Vatican – that she owes her life to a miracle cure because she prayed to the late Pope John Paul.

“I have experienced the mercy of God in my own life and I am grateful,” she told a news conference at the Vatican on Thursday explaining what Church investigators believe was a miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession with God.

Apr 24, 2014

Historic canonisation of two popes brings joy and controversy

VATICAN CITY, April 24 (Reuters) – Two giants of Roman
Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at
an unprecedented twin canonisation that has aroused both joy and
controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.

Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called
the modernising Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II,
who reigned for nearly 27 years before his death in 2005 and
whose trips around the world made him the most visible pope in
history, will be declared saints by Pope Francis.