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  1. News - World

    Pope Francis decides to canonize Pope John XXIII even without having usual miracle approved

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 07:02pm by AP

    ... VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decides to canonize Pope John XXIII even without having usual miracle approved. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1276168/pope-francis-decides-canonize-pope-john-xxiii-even-without-having-usual
  2. 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

    ... Agencies in Vatican City Francis and Benedict attend ceremony to make John XXIII and John Paul II saints, the first time two ex-pontiffs are canonised at the same time 'Four-pope ... 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
  3. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis says 2pc of Catholic priests are sex abusers

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 07:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Rome '2pc of Catholic priests are sex abusers' About 2 per cent of Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper yesterday quoted Pope Francis as saying, ... not accurate, including one that quoted the pope as saying that there were cardinals among the abusers. The article was a reconstruction of an hour-long conversation between the pope ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1553417/did-pope-hint-allowing-priests-marry-vatican-responds-celibacy-interview
  4. News - World - ARGENTINA

    Pope Francis renews his right to travel as an Argentinian citizen

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 09:22pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Buenos Aires Papal passport Pope Francis may be the head of the Vatican state, but he is not giving up the right to travel as just another Argentinian citizen. The leader of the Catholic Church has renewed his passport and national identity card, and Argentina's Vatican envoy said on Monday that the pope insisted on paying for the documents himself. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1430462/pope-francis-renews-his-right-travel-argentinian-citizen
  5. News - China Insider - RELIGION

    Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:48pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com ‘Don’t come, you would be manipulated,' Zen said. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Hong Kong’s outspoken former bishop, has asked Pope Francis ... In an interview in March, also with the Corriere, the pope said he had exchanged letters with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “We are close to China,” Francis reportedly said at the time. “I sent a letter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1545687/cardinal-zen-asks-pope-francis-not-visit-china
  6. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis dodges questions about whether he'll raise women's status in church

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 09:27pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Rome Pope won't say if he'll boost women In his first interview with a woman journalist since his election to the spiritual leadership of the world's 1.2 billion baptised Catholics, Pope Francis dodged a string of questions about whether he intended raising the status of women in his church. The pope said women were "the most beautiful thing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1543746/pope-francis-dodges-questions-about-whether-hell-raise-womens-status
  7. News - World - SOCIAL MEDIA

    Pope Francis the most widely read on Twitter thanks to retweets

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 09:59pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva Retweets put Francis top of Twitter power league Pope Francis has by far the most clout of any world leader on Twitter because he is so widely retweeted, ... is really important, but the reach, the engagement," he said. The real benchmark is tweets retweeted by followers to their own network. Pope Francis wins hands down, with his Spanish-language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541202/pope-francis-most-widely-read-twitter-thanks-retweets
  8. News - World - CRIME

    Pope Francis says mafia members 'excommunicated' from the Church

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

    ... Reuters in Sibari, Italy Pope says mafia 'excommunicated' Pope Francis yesterday took on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example ... with God. They are excommunicated," Pope Francis said in impromptu comments at a mass before tens of thousands of people. He told the crowd: "This evil must be fought against. It must ...

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

    Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

    Posted Dec 25th 2013, 09:43am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, ... of ordinary people in witnessing Jesus's birth-- a homage to the "simplicity" shown by Pope Francis. In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Jerusalem's Latin patriarch Fuad Twal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1389729/pope-marks-first-christmas-crowds-flock-bethlehem
  10. 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 ... from Britain and Catalonia's leader tries to organise a similar referendum, the pope said independence had to be treated with great care. "Obviously, there are peoples ...

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

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