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Pope pleads for Easter peace as violence breaks out in Ukraine, Jerusalem

Pope leads Easter celebrations marred by Ukraine (via AFP) Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world’s Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem. Francis led the ceremony for the holiest day in…

Pope Francis includes elderly Muslim in Easter foot-washing ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility. The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and kiss the feet of the nine Italians and three foreigners aged between 16…

Francis looks to heal Church by canonizing two popes this month

Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters. Conferring sainthood on John XXIII and……

Now the hard work starts for ‘superstar’ Pope Francis

Now the hard work starts. Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of. But he also knows that there is more to being pontiff than good PR. Bigger challenges…

In first year, Pope Francis changes Catholic Church’s style — but not substance

In his first year, Pope Francis has blown a breath of fresh air through the Catholic Church that has been felt across the globe. Contrary to the way he is frequently depicted, the first pope from the southern hemisphere is no revolutionary in terms……

WTF: Pope Francis drops Italian swear word into Sunday blessing

Pope Francis mistakenly used an Italian swear word Sunday during his weekly blessing from the Vatican. The 77-year-old Argentinian delivered the blessing from his apartment window in Italian but stumbled over the word “caso,” which means “example,” and pronounced it as “cazzo,” which is a coarse synonym for “penis.” The…

Pope Francis creates new Vatican finance ministry

Pope Francis has created a new finance ministry to oversee the Holy See's economic and administrative affairs, his first decisive action in the wake of scandals at the Vatican bank. The ministry will be headed up by Australian Cardinal George Pell,……

Pope names 19 new cardinals as Benedict XVI looks on

Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new "princes of the Church." The new cardinals were presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold……

Pope Francis as superman: Vatican tweets graffiti of hero pontiff

Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Speeding forwards with his fist raised, the heroic pontiff — crucifix swinging in the wind…

Fate of Pope Francis’s ‘peace doves’ unknown after attack by crow and seagull

Two doves released into Saint Peter’s square by children flanking Pope Francis were attacked shortly after taking flight on Sunday. Pope Francis had just given a speech appealing for peace in the Ukraine, where anti-government protests show no sign of abating. Thousands watched as two children, standing in the window…

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