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Pope Paul VI sainthood to be official this year, Pope Francis says

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year.

The pope’s announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session with the priests Feb. 15; the Vatican released the text of the exchange three days later.

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Jesuit journal: Pope regularly meets with abuse survivors

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.

The meetings, which he said do not always become public knowledge, make it clear that the survivors’ process of recovery “is very hard. They remain annihilated. Annihilated,” the pope had told the Jesuits Jan. 19 in Lima.

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Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

February 14th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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ROME — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

“Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'” the pope said Feb. 14, celebrating Mass and distributing ashes at the beginning of Lent.

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Pope Francis nears five years and still blazes own course

February 13th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that “goes out” or a church focused on its internal affairs.

After the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013, and chose the name Francis, he made “go out,” “periphery” and “throwaway culture” standard phrases in the papal vocabulary.

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Two ex-managers of Vatican bank ordered to pay damages for mismanagement

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VATICAN CITY  — A Vatican court found two former top managers of the Vatican bank liable for mismanagement and ordered an injunction for them to pay damages.

The sentence was announced Feb. 6 by the bank, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion, or IOR in Italian. It did not specify the amount it is seeking in damages, but the Italian news agency ANSA said the damages the bank incurred totaled about 47 million euro (about $58 million). Read more »

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Superpope to the rescue: T-shirt raises money for papal charity

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VATICAN CITY  — Though not as fast as a speeding bullet, “Superpope” will fly across the world, gathering autographs of sports stars and eventually being auctioned off to raise money for the pope’s charity. 

The initiative kicked off Feb. 8 at a Vatican news conference with the unveiling of a simple medium-sized yellow T-shirt graced with the iconic “Superpope” image: Pope Francis, fist extended, flying through the air, holding his black bag packed with Christian “values” and a scarf representing his hometown San Lorenzo soccer team. Read more »

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Pilgrim pope: Benedict says he’s journeying toward God

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VATICAN CITY — “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home,” retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word “casa” or “home.”

Almost exactly five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, Pope Benedict wrote the letter to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Read more »

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Stop loan sharks with fair lending options, frugal lifestyles, pope says

February 5th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Usury is a grave sin that must be fought by building more just and humane economic and financial systems as well as by teaching people to live within their means, Pope Francis said.

The practice of usury — lending money at exorbitantly high interest rates — “humiliates and kills” just like a snake by “strangling its victims,” the pope told members of an Italian association dedicated to fighting usury and loan sharking.

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All religious leaders should turn away hatred, violence, exploitation

February 3rd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Every religious leader must unmask and condemn any attempt to use God’s name to perpetuate evil and to justify hatred, violence and exploitation, Pope Francis said.

“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion can only discredit religion itself,” the pope said.

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Vatican, China nearing agreement on bishops

February 2nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Multiple news reports indicate the Vatican has made substantial progress in reaching an agreement with China’s communist government on the naming of bishops for several dioceses.

The news agency Reuters and The Wall Street Journal both reported Feb. 1 that the deal would involve two bishops recognized by the Holy See stepping aside to make way for two bishops chosen by the government-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association; the new bishops would have to recognize the authority of the pope and ask forgiveness for having accepted ordination without papal approval.

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