The Papacy

 

Pope names new prelate who runs Vatican during papal transitions

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff.

Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

VATICAN CITY - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

World, 19 Dec 2014

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won't be around"

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

World, 19 Dec 2014

Vatican leveraged ties to Cuba, U.S. to help broker deal - officials

VATICAN CITY/WASHINGTON - The Vatican leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was spurred by letters from Pope Francis to the presidents of both countries.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Pope Francis condemns attacks in Australia, Pakistan, Yemen

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called "inhuman terrorist acts" in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.

World, 17 Dec 2014

Vatican report on U.S. nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

VATICAN CITY - A keenly-awaited Vatican report on Roman Catholic nuns in the United States struck a conciliatory tone on Tuesday, praising them for their social and educational work but urging them to stick to Church teachings.

World, 16 Dec 2014

U.S. asks Vatican for help with Guantanamo inmates

VATICAN CITY - The United States, which is seeking ways to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to transfer inmates to third countries, asked the Vatican on Monday for help finding "humanitarian solutions" for inmates, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

World, 15 Dec 2014

Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

MANILA - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday.

World, 15 Dec 2014

Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See's already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.

World, 12 Dec 2014

Pope urges global war on human trafficking, appeals to consumers

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called for a global mobilisation to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to shun goods that may have been produced by exploited workers.

World, 10 Dec 2014

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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