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  1. News - World - THE VATICAN

    When pope eats with staff, it's a free lunch

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... the food and take a few photos. Except his meal was not exactly identical to theirs: the pope's was free. Cashier Claudia Di Giacomo told the Catholic News Service that when Francis presented ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559993/when-pope-eats-staff-its-free-lunch
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Listen more, condemn less, says Philippine church leader in latest sign of liberal shift

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:40am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Listen more, condemn less, archbishop tells church The leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, which routinely denounces abortion ... and the more conciliatory tone of the Vatican under Pope Francis, there are signs that the Philippine church is softening its stance. At an annual assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547619/listen-more-condemn-less-says-philippine-church-leader-latest-sign-liberal
  3. News - World - VATICAN CITY

    Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten to lead Vatican media reform

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Patten to modernise mediaset-up for Twitter fan pope Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten is to head up an advisory committee to modernise the Holy See's media strategy for Twitter fan Pope Francis, the Vatican ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550576/former-hong-kong-governor-chris-patten-lead-vatican-media-reform
  4. News - World - CRIME

    Pope Francis says mafia members 'excommunicated' from the Church

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 05:10am by Reuters

    ... be pushed aside. We must say no to it." He branded the 'Ndrangheta as the "adoration of evil and contempt of the common good" and said the Catholic Church would exert its full ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538039/pope-francis-says-mafia-members-excommunicated-church
  5. News - World - POLITICS

    Pope Francis tells Scots and Catalans to think carefully about breaking away

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 06:24am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Vatican City Pope warns Catalans and Scots on breakaway Pope Francis has suggested that Scotland and Catalonia think carefully about breaking away from national unions, making a distinction between seeking independence in the pursuit of freedom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1532621/pope-francis-tells-scots-and-catalans-think-carefully-about-breaking-away
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    New Catholic bishops say civil disobedience OK if for common good

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:21am by Stuart Lau

    ... Yeung said the church would neither encourage nor stop Catholics from joining Occupy Central, but that it would offer help to anyone arrested. The auxiliary bishops were appointed late last ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Newly appointed auxiliary bishops, two Catholic clergymen suggest Occupy Central could be just, while third weighs in on reform report Clerics back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553026/new-catholic-auxiliary-bishops-say-civil-disobedience-ok-if-common
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    'People's pope' grows in stature with peace-making efforts in Middle East

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and the city of Jerusalem, of great importance to all three, is central to negotiations for a Palestinian state. Representatives of the sides praying for peace at the seat of the Catholic Church can ... as a "people's pope". Nor should the Vatican's peace-making skills be ignored. The church has the world's oldest diplomatic service and its envoys have vast experience in behind-the-scenes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1520164/peoples-pope-grows-stature-peace-making-efforts-middle-east
  8. News - World - RELIGION

    Two popes canonised at single Vatican ceremony attended by Pope Francis and predecessor Benedict

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 05:04am by AGENCIES

    ... day' marks double canonisation One helped revolutionise the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion as a vehicle for justice and peace. The other figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of conservatives by battling communism and contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union. Yesterday, Pope Francis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1498614/two-popes-canonised-single-vatican-ceremony-attended-pope-francis-and
  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis declares predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in historic double canonisation

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 07:03am by Reuters

    ... of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter’s Square after the historic double canonisation as many in the crowd fixed ... of sexual abuse by Catholic priests also say he did not do enough to root out a scandal that emerged towards the end of his pontificate and which has hung over the church ever since. The controversy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1497969/benedict-xvi-join-pope-francis-canonisation-predecessors
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Pope Francis should reconsider women’s place in the Catholic Church

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 04:53pm by Frank Ching

    ... months, he has transformed the image of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has properly identified the role of women as a key issue. He will, in time, have to grasp the nettle Perhaps what was most ... and that Catholic couples should be allowed to decide on the use of contraceptives. However, a conservative minority prevailed, arguing that the church should not admit that it had been wrong in the past. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1446019/pope-francis-should-reconsider-womens-place-catholic-church

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