The Papacy

 

Pope approves legal framework for financial reform

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

Vatican on alert for Islamist attack, but no plot - security chief

ROME - The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.

World, 02 Mar 2015

Pope Francis prays for teenager killed in Venezuela protest

ROME - Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to political violence in Venezuela and said he would pray for a teenager killed during an anti-government demonstration last week.

World, 01 Mar 2015

Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalisation

ROME - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalisation and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Vatican condemns leaking of documents showing power struggle

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Friday condemned the leaking of documents that according to a media report show a power struggle in the Holy See over economic reforms and excessive expenses by the cardinal charged with carrying them out.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Pope Francis' Mexico remark not meant to offend, Vatican says

ROME - A remark by Pope Francis to the effect that he hoped his homeland Argentina could avoid "Mexicanisation" was not intended to offend Mexicans or to undervalue the government's efforts to fight drug trafficking, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

World, 25 Feb 2015

Mexico complains about remarks attributed to pope over drug image

MEXICO CITY - Mexico said on Monday it would send a letter to the Vatican to complain about remarks attributed to Pope Francis about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal "Mexicanisation" due to the spread of drug gangs there.

World, 24 Feb 2015

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis expressed deep sadness at the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of the denomination they follow. | Video

Egypt, World, Middle East, Libya 16 Feb 2015

Be humble and work for justice, pope tells new cardinals

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday inducted new Roman Catholic cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, telling them their high rank was a call to be humble and work for justice. | Video

World, 14 Feb 2015

List of new cardinals inducted by Pope Francis on Saturday

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis elevated 20 Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops to the rank of cardinal at a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

World, 14 Feb 2015

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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