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Pope Will Be Tough On Paedophile Priests, Says Sex Abuse Crisis Authority

Posted on Feb 04 , 2014 in News from Vatican

Pope Will Be Tough On Paedophile Priests, Says Sex Abuse Crisis Authority

Pope Francis will not show leniency towards paedophile priests as truth and justice are more important than protecting the church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor has pledged.

Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the church's abuse crisis, said on Saturday that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was likely to have fallen to about 100 in 2013 from about 125 in 2012 and a peak of 260 in 2011.

Scicluna said Francis would, despite his merciful nature, be very tough on paedophile priests after an abuse crisis that the pope on Thursday called "the shame of the church".

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New Year’s Resolutions: The Pope Francis List

Posted on Jan 02 , 2014 in News from Vatican

New Year’s Resolutions: The Pope Francis List

 He preaches against gossip, reminds us to finish our meals, and even tells us not to fear marriage.

Described as the “world's parish priest,” Pope Francis goes beyond abstract theology, and gives us advice we can use daily.

What lessons from him can we bring into 2014?

Rappler compiles 10 of the Pope's most memorable quotes in the form of New Year's resolutions. This is the Pope Francis list.

1. Don't gossip.

It's one of our hobbies. For Francis, it's also one of the most evil activities.

The Catholic leader denounces gossip as “murder.”

He feels so strongly about it that in less than a year as pontiff, Francis has preached against gossip in at least 6 different instances. Read the following homilies by Francis as well as a recent speech:

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Pope Francis Venerates Immaculate Conception Statue

Posted on Dec 09 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Pope Francis Venerates Immaculate Conception Statue

Following a tradition laid out by his predecessors, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by travelling to Piazza di Spagna where he venerated the statue named for the Marian Feast.

The celebration began with a reading from the book of Revelation in which Mary is described as a “woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and around her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev. 12:1). The Holy Father then recited a prayer to the Immaculate Conception, in which he asked Our Lady to “awaken in us a renewed desire for holiness,” and to “make present all of the Gospel’s beauty” in our lives. He went on to ask Mary’s intercession in helping us remain attentive to the Lord’s voice, and to never be indifferent to the cry of the poor, the sick, the elderly, of children, and every human life. Before taking leave of the Piazza, the Holy Father greeted the sick and disabled who had gathered in the Square for the celebrations.After the celebrations, Pope Francis paid a visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major where he said a private prayer before the image of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani.

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Obama orders closure of Vatican Embassy!

Posted on Nov 28 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Obama orders closure of Vatican Embassy!

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The Obama administration is announcing that late next year the State Department will close the U.S. Embassy in Vatican City, citing security concerns.

The Daily caller was told in an email from the Department of State, "The Embassy will be moved to the U.S. government compound that currently houses U.S. Embassy Rome and the U.S. Mission to UN Agencies in Rome.  At that point, the U.S. government compound in Rome will house three distinct diplomatic missions with three independently accredited ambassadors working in three separate chanceries.  Our Embassy to the Holy See will continue to operate as an independent mission, and our diplomatic presence will remain one of the largest missions accredited to the Holy See."

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The Bones Of St. Peter Displayed By Vatican For The First Time

Posted on Nov 26 , 2013 in News from Vatican

The Bones Of St. Peter Displayed By Vatican For The First Time

To mark the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican has for the first time publicly displayed the bones of St. Peter. While no pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the apostle Peter,  Pope Paul VI in 1968 said fragments found in the necropolis under St Peter’s Basilica were “identified in a way that we can consider convincing”.

The bones were discovered in 1939 in an excavation of the Vatican Necropolis below the main altar at Saint Peter’s Basilica, which has been the consistent traditional burial place of the first Pope since antiquity. The excavation, ordered by Pope Pius XII, found the bones in a first century funerary wall creche, with a Greek inscription of ”Petros eni”, or “Peter is here”. The bones were found wrapped in purple and gold threaded cloth. Scientific study of the bones showed them to be of a “robust” man in his 60′s-70′s at the time of death.