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  1. News - World - RELIGION

    Papal blessing stirs exorcism speculation

    Posted May 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Papal focus on Satan believed to have sparked debate over encounter on St Peter's Square Pope's blessing stirs exorcism speculation The question ... there was "no doubt" that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil. The Vatican was more cautious on Tuesday, saying Francis "didn't intend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1243118/papal-blessing-stirs-exorcism-speculation
  2. 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
  3. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou to attend pope's inauguration, irking Beijing

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei A word of caution from Beijing after Ma announces plan to attend inauguration Taiwan's president to visit Vatican Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou was due to leave for the Vatican last night to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis in a move that may stoke tensions with the mainland. The Vatican is one of the 23 states that recognise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1193195/taiwan-leader-ma-ying-jeou-attend-popes-inauguration-irking-beijing
  4. News - World - RELIGION

    Gay scandal hits prelate pope appointed to Vatican bank

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Gay scandal hits pope's man at bank The Vatican's "gay lobby" is back in the headlines after the alleged exposure of a homosexual prelate appointed by the pope to a key position at the Vatican bank. The Italian weekly L'Espresso said prelate Battista Ricca had gay relationships during his time at the Vatican embassy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1287761/gay-scandal-hits-prelate-pope-appointed-vatican-bank
  5. News - China

    China hopes new pope will be 'practical and flexible'

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 06:18pm by AFP

    ... pope the Vatican will adopt a practical and flexible attitude and create conditions for the improvement of China-Vatican relations,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Beijing ... clashed over the authority to name bishops and the Vatican’s ties with Taiwan, which Beijing regards as part of China. [The Vatican] should sever its so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1190737/china-says-it-hopes-new-pope-will-be-flexible
  6. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Candid Pope defends gay priests, admits to problems within Vatican

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 11:40pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Rome Pope responds to reports of 'gay lobby'' in Vatican, says again ban on women priests is definitive 'Who am I to judge gay people?' Pope Francis ... them to have more leadership roles in administration and pastoral activities. He expressed pain over scandals at the Vatican bank during a remarkably forthright press conference, his first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1292962/pope-says-gays-should-not-be-marginalised
  7. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope confirmed Vatican 'gay lobby' in remarks to Latin American group

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Summary of Francis' private remarks appear to confirm reports of blackmail and corruption in Holy See in lead-up to Benedict's departure Pope told group of Vatican 'gay lobby' Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leaders of a key Latin American church group, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1259279/pope-confirmed-vatican-gay-lobby-remarks-latin-american-group
  8. News - China - RELIGION

    Bishop John Fang Xingyao embraces Francis' prayer for Chinese Catholics

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Head ofthe official church remains hopeful for restored Vatican ties after message from Francis Bishop embracespope's prayer forChinese faithful The top ... China-Vatican relations will be normalised soon." On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued his first appeal directed at Catholics in China, long a source of concern for his predecessor, Benedict XVI. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1244496/bishop-john-fang-xingyao-embraces-francis-prayer-chinese-catholics
  9. News - World

    Vatican denies video footage shows pope performing exorcism

    Posted May 21st 2013, 05:42pm by Agence France Presse

    ... Agence France Presse Exorcists say pontiff was freeing boy from devil The Vatican on Tuesday denied that Pope Francis had performed an exorcism after an Italian religious television channel said footage of the pontiff blessing a boy in a wheelchair showed he had. “The Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1242829/vatican-denies-video-footage-shows-pope-performing-exorcism
  10. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis attacks greedy capitalists and prays for peace in Easter address

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 06:19pm by The Guardian

    ... The Guardian in Vatican City Francis also urges peace in global trouble spots after about 250,000 gather at St Peter's Square Pope uses Easter address to attack greedy capitalists ... and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow," he said, a day after North Korea declared it was in a "state of war" with the South. According to the Vatican's estimate, some 250,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1204025/pope-francis-leads-first-easter-celebrations

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