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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.

Jun 16, 2014

Pope, Anglican leader join forces against human trafficking

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis and Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury committed their Churches on Monday to work more closely together to fight “the grave evil” of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, held talks with Francis at the Vatican on how to combat what both Churches have called a crime against humanity.

Jun 13, 2014

Pope defends predecessor Pius against Holocaust charges

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has strongly defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, saying the opening of Vatican archives will shed light on the controversy.

In an interview published on Friday in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Francis condemned anti-Semitism, saying it was a “continuing” problem that was more prevalent in right-wing parties in Europe, and called Holocaust denial “madness”.

Jun 11, 2014
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Vatican acts to protect Michelangelo frescoes as Sistine Chapel visitors swell

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(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Dust, sweat and carbon dioxide brought into the Sistine Chapel by a swelling number of tourists risk damaging priceless Michelangelo frescoes, the Vatican said on Wednesday, hoping a new air conditioning and lighting system will protect them.

Jun 9, 2014

Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they “must respond” to their people’s yearning for peace “undaunted in dialogue” during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a two-hour evening service in the Vatican gardens, an encounter he hopes will relaunch the Middle East peace process.

Jun 8, 2014

Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must ‘persevere undaunted in dialogue’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they “must respond” to their people’s yearning for peace “undaunted in dialogue” during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a two-hour evening service in the Vatican gardens, an encounter he hopes will relaunch the Middle East peace process.

Jun 8, 2014

Israeli, Palestinian presidents in unprecedented Vatican prayers

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian presidents meet in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, a gesture he hopes will “re-create a desire, a possibility” of eventually relaunching the Middle East’s stalled peace process.

The Vatican has played down any expectations that the Sunday evening meeting between Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas – billed as a “pause from politics” – will lead to any immediate breakthroughs in the region’s tortuous problems and says it is not meddling in regional issues.

Jun 6, 2014

Pope’s Mideast prayer meeting not political meddling: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis hopes an unprecedented meeting of the Israeli and Palestinian presidents at the Vatican on Sunday can help end “eternal negotiations” and lead to peace but he has no wish to meddle in Middle East politics, the Vatican said on Friday.

Israel’s Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will pray for peace together following a surprise invitation made by Francis during his visit to the Holy Land last month.