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Dec 10, 2014

Pope urges global war on human trafficking, appeals to consumers

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to shun goods that may have been produced by exploited workers.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, the pope denounced the “general indifference” that allows such practices to flourish.

Dec 8, 2014

Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex Vatican bank heads

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s top prosecutor has
frozen 16 million euros in bank accounts owned by two former
Vatican bank managers and a lawyer as part of an investigation
into the sale of Vatican-owned real estate in the 2000s,
according to the freezing order and other legal documents.

Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano said he suspected the three
men, former bank president Angelo Caloia, ex-director general
Lelio Scaletti, and lawyer Gabriele Liuzzo, of embezzling money
while managing the sale of 29 buildings sold by the Vatican bank
to mainly Italian buyers between 2001 and 2008, according to a
copy of the freezing order reviewed by Reuters.

Dec 6, 2014
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Exclusive: Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex-Vatican bank heads

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(An exterior view of the round tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

The Vatican’s top prosecutor has frozen 16 million euros in bank accounts owned by two former Vatican bank managers and a lawyer as part of an investigation into the sale of Vatican-owned real estate in the 2000s, according to the freezing order and other legal documents.

Dec 4, 2014
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Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros “tucked away” – Cardinal Pell

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(Cardinal George Pell gestures as he talks during a news conference for the presentation of new president of Vatican Bank IOR, at the Vatican July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state’s balance sheets.

Dec 1, 2014
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Pope Francis says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

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(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Nov 30, 2014

Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.

Nov 30, 2014

Pope calls on Muslim leaders worldwide to condemn terrorism

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism, saying it would help to dispel the stereotype that equates Islam with terror.

Speaking to reporters aboard the plane as he returned from Turkey, where he condemned Islamic State insurgents several times, Francis said he made the suggestion in private talks on Friday with the country’s president, Tayyip Erdogan.

Nov 30, 2014
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Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

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(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Nov 30, 2014
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Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State

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(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “barbaric violence” in Syria and Iraq.

Nov 30, 2014

Pope says Islamist violence in Syria, Iraq is a ‘grave sin against God’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there.

The pope spoke on the last day of his weekend trip to Turkey, which is sheltering nearly 2 million refugees from Syria, thousands of Christians among them.