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Pope names panel to streamline marriage annulment process

Pope names panel to streamline marriage annulment process

| Francis X. Rocca | September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Two weeks before the start of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican announced the formation of a special commission to reform the process of granting marriage annulments.

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Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

| Francis X. Rocca | July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vatican said the latest published interview with Pope Francis, in which he says fighting sex abuse and the mafia will be priorities of his pontificate, should not be considered a record of his exact words.

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Vatican appoints first woman rector of pontifical university in Rome

Vatican appoints first woman rector of pontifical university in Rome

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Congregation for Catholic Education has named Angeline Franciscan Sister Mary Melone, 49, to a three-year term as rector of Rome’s Pontifical Antonianum University, making her the first woman to head a pontifical university in Rome.

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Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros

Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros

| Cindy Wooden | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vatican’s final budget figures for 2013 showed a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.

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Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican.

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Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes Sts. John and John Paul

Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes Sts. John and John Paul

| April 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.

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Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others

Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whatever is going on in one’s life, Pope Francis said from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Jesus’ victory over sin and death demonstrates that “love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.”

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‘Evil will not have the last word,’ Pope Francis says during Way of Cross

‘Evil will not have the last word,’ Pope Francis says during Way of Cross

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“From the cross we see the monstrosity of mankind when it lets itself be guided by evil,” Pope Francis said. “But we also see the immensity of the mercy of God, who doesn’t treat us according to our sins, but according to his mercy.”

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Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the evening Mass at a rehabilitation facility on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities.

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Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at center for elderly, disabled

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at center for elderly, disabled

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

He will preside over the Holy Thursday evening Mass and foot-washing ritual at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation’s Our Lady of Providence Center on the outskirts of Rome, the Vatican announced April 8.

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Pope talks to priests about mercy, hearing confession

Pope talks to priests about mercy, hearing confession

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The pope’s annual Lenten meeting with Rome pastors focused on the priest’s call to be a minister of mercy.

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Pope tells cardinals they are servants, not courtiers

Pope tells cardinals they are servants, not courtiers

| Francis X. Rocca | February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice.

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