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Pope renews Argentine passport, identity card

Pope renews Argentine passport, identity card

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis is the sovereign of Vatican City and has a Holy See passport. But even dressed in papal white, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is an Argentine citizen with a brand new passport and national identity card.

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Mudslides protected ancient Vatican necropolis from ravages of time

Mudslides protected ancient Vatican necropolis from ravages of time

| Carol Glatz | December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Slipping hillsides of clay, mud and gravel entombed an enormous necropolis below today’s Vatican City State, keeping its underground “city of the dead” safely sealed for two millennia.

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Vatican official says not to expect papal encyclical on poverty

Vatican official says not to expect papal encyclical on poverty

| Caroline Hroncich | December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that, despite widespread news reports and the statement of an Italian bishop, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on the subject of poverty.

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Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in church

Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in church

| Cindy Wooden | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination and allow women to have a voice in deliberations.

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Pope frames vision for church outreach at every level

Pope frames vision for church outreach at every level

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here are a few of the main features of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), which was released Nov. 26 at the Vatican:

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Vatican officials say pope’s document provides map for church’s future

Vatican officials say pope’s document provides map for church’s future

| Cindy Wooden | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on sharing the joy of the Gospel is a call to faith-filled optimism, recognizing challenges but knowing that God’s love and lordship will prevail, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, introducing the text to the media.

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Pope: Opposition to abortion isn’t ‘conservative,’ it’s result of faith

Pope: Opposition to abortion isn’t ‘conservative,’ it’s result of faith

| Cindy Wooden | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Defending human dignity and protecting society’s most vulnerable necessarily means protecting the unborn and defending their right to life, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.

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Praying for peace in Syria, pope calls selfishness the cause of war

Praying for peace in Syria, pope calls selfishness the cause of war

| September 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis had called for the prayer vigil less than a week earlier, as the central event of a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.

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Reverting to tradition, pope names veteran diplomat as Vatican’s No. 2

Reverting to tradition, pope names veteran diplomat as Vatican’s No. 2

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pope appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, a longtime official in the Vatican secretariat of state and nuncio to Venezuela since 2009, to be his secretary of state.

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Pope to lead Vatican prayer vigil Sept. 7 for peace in Syria

Pope to lead Vatican prayer vigil Sept. 7 for peace in Syria

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has sent information to its priests and deacons about how they can mark this intention with their parishioners.

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Vatican orders slight change in text for baptism

Vatican orders slight change in text for baptism

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

To emphasis that the sacrament of baptism formally brings a person into the church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.

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Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

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