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Apr 13, 2014

Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes.

The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine pope, whose pontificate is 13 months old, rode into the square on a white jeep and stopped at the centre of the square to bless palm and olive branches.

Apr 10, 2014

Pope says ‘enough’ to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said “enough” to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.

Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.

Apr 7, 2014

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative, approves reforms

VATICAN CITY, April 7 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has approved
a reform proposal keeping the Vatican bank operative, ending a
year of speculation over whether the pontiff would close the
institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

The bank’s stated purpose is to manage funds for Roman
Catholic orders of priests and nuns, charitable institutions and
Vatican employees and retirees. But it has been dogged by
episodes of malpractice by people authorised to hold accounts
there and murky dealings with Italian financial institutions.

Apr 4, 2014
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Queen Elizabeth gives Pope Francis eggs, whisky, beer at Vatican meeting

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(Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (C) and Prince Philip (L) present gifts to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

Apr 3, 2014

Queen, meeting pope, gives him eggs, whiskey, beer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

“I’ve also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally,” said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican.

Apr 3, 2014

Britain’s Queen, meeting pope, gives him eggs, whiskey, beer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

“I’ve also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally,” said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican.

Mar 28, 2014
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Vatican removes German ‘bishop of bling’ over luxury home

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(A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst next to Limburg Cathedral (L) in Limburg October 14, 2013.REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

The Vatican has removed a German bishop because he spent 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Francis was preaching austerity.

Mar 28, 2014

Former Vatican bank head’s lawyers threaten to sue to clear name

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – In a new blow for the troubled Vatican bank, lawyers for its former head who was abruptly fired in 2012 threatened legal action on Friday to clear his name and show that he was unfairly dismissed.

The surprise move by lawyers for Ettore Gotti Tedeschi came after months of relative calm for the Vatican bank under its new president, German Ernst Von Freyberg.

Mar 27, 2014

Obama hears Vatican’s concerns over health care, invites Pope to U.S.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama heard the Catholic Church’s concerns over his health care plan while on a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, but drew a cheerful response from Pope Francis when inviting him to visit Washington.

The president appeared at ease and joked during the parts of his meeting with the pope that were open to a few reporters, but a brief Vatican statement issued later indicated that Obama’s private talks there had a more serious side.

Mar 27, 2014

Obama meets Pope Francis, invites him to White House

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Calling himself “a great admirer”, President Barack Obama held nearly an hour of private talks about the global situation with Pope Francis on Thursday and invited the pontiff to visit the White House.

Obama appeared at ease and joked with the pope during the parts of their first meeting that were open to reporters, at one saying he did not know how his wife and children “put up with me”.