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Apr 20, 2015

Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99

ROME (Reuters) – Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century and a pivotal player in Christian-Jewish reconciliation, has died at the age of 99.

Toaff, who a spokesman said died on Sunday night, was Rome’s chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to a synagogue in nearly 2,000 years.

Apr 16, 2015

Activist U.S. nuns make concessions after Vatican investigation

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A six-year row between activist American nuns and Vatican officials who had branded them radical feminists ended on Thursday with the nuns conceding to demands that they keep within the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church.

The clash with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group representing 80 percent of U.S. nuns, became a national issue in America, with many supporters accusing the Vatican of bullying them.

Apr 13, 2015

Papal sex abuse commission members meet over Chilean bishop

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Members of a commission advising Pope Francis on how to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse have met a top Vatican official to express their misgivings over the appointment of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up abuse.

Marie Collins, a victim of abuse from Ireland, told Reuters the meeting four members had with Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Sunday night “went well and the cardinal promised to take our concerns to the Holy Father”.

Apr 5, 2015
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Pope at Easter prays for killed Kenyan students, decries persecution of Christians

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(Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.)

Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.

Apr 5, 2015

Pope at Easter prays for killed Kenyan students, decries persecution

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.

Francis, after saying Mass for thousands of people in a rainy St. Peter’s Square, delivered a mostly somber and grim “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message.

Apr 4, 2015

Pope tells Catholics at Easter vigil: seek truth, beauty and love

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith.

Marking the third Easter since his election in 2013, the pope maintained an Easter vigil tradition by baptizing late entries into the Church.

Apr 4, 2015

On Good Friday, Pope decries persecution of Christians

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis presided at two Good Friday services, praying for persecuted Christians a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Modern-day religious persecution was the common thread in both of the pope’s appearances on the day Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion.

Apr 3, 2015

On Good Friday, pope hears of indifference to Christian persecution

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service where he heard the Vatican’s official preacher accuse the international community of indifference to the persecution of Christians, a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is “preacher of pontifical household,” referred to the attack, in which the Al Shabaab militants initially killed indiscriminately but later freed some Muslims and targeted Christian students during a siege that lasted about 15 hours.

Apr 2, 2015

Pope washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society’s neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.

For the third consecutive year, Francis did not hold the traditional service in a basilica, going instead to people on the margins of society and including women.

Apr 2, 2015
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Pope Francis washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

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(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society’s neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.