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Feb 12, 2015

Pope tells Vatican administrators to be “absolutely transparent”

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting two days of closed-door meetings with the world’s Roman Catholic cardinals, on Thursday called for greater efficiency and transparency in the Church’s troubled central administration, the Curia.

Francis was elected in 2013 with a mandate from the cardinals who chose him to reform the Curia, and has made plain his determination to bring the Church’s hierarchy closer to its 1.2 billion members.

Feb 9, 2015
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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown (with video)

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(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, stunning poor residents, many of them from his native South America.

Feb 8, 2015

Clergy sexual abuse victim criticises pope over spanking remark

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A victim of child sexual abuse by clergy criticised Pope Francis on Saturday for appearing to endorse parents who spanked their children.

“Children don’t need to be hit. We need to talk about positive parenting … physical violence has no part in modern-day child upbringing,” said Peter Saunders, who is advising the Vatican on how to deal with its abuse crisis.

Feb 7, 2015

Vatican abuse commission to recommend action against bishops

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic Church is studying sanctions for bishops suspected of cover-ups or of failing to prevent abuse, members said on Saturday.

“There have to be consequences,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the head of the commission, told a news conference.

Feb 6, 2015
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Pope Francis gives homeless in rainy Rome lost-and-found umbrellas

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(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave voting that elected Pope Francis, at the Vatican March 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Pope Francis has ordered that umbrellas forgotten by tourists be distributed to the homeless of Rome to get them through a spate of unusually rainy weather, Ansa news agency said on its website on Friday.

Feb 5, 2015
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I’m a technology disaster, Pope Francis confesses on Google Hangout

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(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference with youths in San Salvador September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)

Pope Francis, who has called the internet a “gift from God,” confessed via Webcam to an inquisitive girl on Thursday that he is a disaster with technology and does not know how to use a computer.

Feb 5, 2015

Pope orders bishops to cooperate with sex abuse commission

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to fully cooperate with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics and to give the issue top priority even if it unearths new scandals.

The pope sent the letter to the bishops and heads of religious institutions a day before the commission, which he established last year, was due to hold its first full meeting.

Feb 3, 2015
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Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero nearer to sainthood

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(Salvadorans carry banners with the image of slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of his death at the cathedral in downtown San Salvador March 24, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez)

Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

Feb 3, 2015

Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said the pope had approved a decree that Romero had been killed “in hatred of the faith”, ratifying recommendations by a commission of cardinals and theological experts.

Jan 31, 2015

Two cases of child pornography possession in Vatican in 2014

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.

Gian Piero Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reported the cases in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony marking the start of the city-state’s judicial year.