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  1. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican is asked to beatify 16th century China evangelist Matteo Ricci

    Posted Jan 11th 2014, 09:11am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Giuliodori said the bid to beatify Ricci comes as Francis tries to build better relations with China Request to beatify 16th century China evangelist filed The Vatican has received a request to beatify an Italian Jesuit priest favoured by Pope Francis and whose attempts to evangelise China in the 16th century were thwarted by the church. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1402965/vatican-asked-honour-jesuit-who-tried-evangelise-china
  2. News - World

    Pope's 1st encyclical: "Light of Faith due Friday

    Posted Jul 01st 2013, 05:51pm by AP

    ... VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has written his first encyclical, and it's on faith. The Vatican said Monday that "Light of Faith" will be released on Friday. Retired Pope Benedict XVI had planned to issue a final encyclical on faith, but retired before he had time to finish it. The Vatican has long said Francis would likely take elements of Benedict's draft ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1273178/popes-1st-encyclical-light-faith-due-friday
  3. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis names Vatican secretary of state

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... a veteran Vatican diplomat to be his top aide, replacing the Holy See's secretary of state who in recent years increasingly became a divisive figure in a church hierarchy mired in embarrassing scandal and financial probes. The Vatican announced that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, an Italian and former deputy foreign minister at the Vatican, on October 15 would assume the post held since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1300990/pope-francis-names-vatican-secretary-state
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:08am by STAFF

    ... There is no doubt that this is my masterpiece Japanese film director Naomi Kawase has high hopes for her movie 'Still the water' at this year's Cannes festival   Pope Francis never stops talking about the devil; it's constant Senior Vatican bishop, on the otherwise progressive pontiff's apparent obsession with Satan   St Louis kept me on that board... ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1510101/who-said-it
  5. News - World - VATICAN

    Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 08:29pm by Associated Press at the Vatican

    ... Associated Press at the Vatican In his Christmas message to the administrators of the Catholic Church the pontiff warned against gossip and inward-looking perspectives Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators on Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1387752/pope-warns-against-mediocrity-gossip-vatican
  6. 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
  7. News - World

    New trial in Vatican scandal offers insider look at Holy See's workings

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 02:10pm

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The trial this week of a Vatican computer whiz over his alleged role in an embarrassing scandal of filched confidential papal documents is offering a chance for an insider glimpse at the Holy See’s security workings. Among those expected to testify in the trial, which begins on Monday in a Vatican City tribunal, are the pope’s top bodyguard, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1075218/new-trial-vatican-scandal-offers-insider-look-holy-sees-workings
  8. News - Asia - RELIGION

    North Korea refuses invitation to send Catholics to papal mass in Seoul

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... links with the Vatican and there are no known Catholic priests or nuns. The KCA claims 3,000 followers in the North but outside estimates put the figure at about 800. A recent comprehensive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567147/north-korea-refuses-invitation-send-catholics-papal-mass-seoul
  9. 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

    ... Asia's bastion of Catholicism and the only state apart from the Vatican that still outlaws both divorce and terminations. But with many modern Filipino Catholics embracing once-taboo attitudes 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
  10. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be St Peter’s

    Posted Nov 24th 2013, 08:31pm by Associated Press in the Vatican

    ... Associated Press in the Vatican Pope Francis prays before relics and clutches them during service as they are exhibited publicly for the first time The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful ... The nine pieces of bone sat nestled like rings in a jewellery box inside a bronze display case on the side of the altar during a Mass commemorating the end of the Vatican’s year-long celebration ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1364635/vatican-unveils-bone-fragments-said-be-st-peters

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