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After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

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Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrated the new year at St. Peter's Basilica, where he celebrated Mass and likened God's love to a mother's love during his homily. "Let us allow ourselves to be embraced," he said at the Vatican. The pope cited a mother's loving embrace as the disposition needed to address the world's problems. "We need to learn from mothers that heroism is shown in self-giving, strength in compassion, wisdom in meekness," the Catholic leader said. Francis called on Catholics to look to the "Mother of God," saying: "Let us allow ourselves to be gazed upon, to be embraced, to be taken by the hand.' '' The pope also addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square from the window of the apostolic palace on the 52nd World Day of Peace, started by Pope John XXIII. In the address, F...
Archbishop says Pope ready to visit North Korea if Kim sends invitation

Archbishop says Pope ready to visit North Korea if Kim sends invitation

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SEOUL, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- South Korean Archbishop Kim Hee-jung said Friday that Pope Francis is ready to visit North Korea if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sends an official invitation. "The visit can happen anytime if North Korea sends an invitation to pope," said Kim at a news conference held at Gwangju Archdiocese in the southern city of Gwangju, Yonhap News reported. "I saw U.S. news reports saying the pope's travel plan for next year doesn't include a trip to North Korea. But we never know. If pope wants, he can go anytime," he said. Kim added that pope's visit can provide a "nice opportunity" for Kim because it can encourage him to "give up nuclear weapons" and sharing his pledge for denuclearization with pope could also help other countries have faith in his promise. Kim said that ...
Pope removes three from council of cardinals, including two in child abuse scandals

Pope removes three from council of cardinals, including two in child abuse scandals

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Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Pope Francis removed two cardinals, each involved in sexual abuse scandals, from his advisory council, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The nine-person council, known as the C9, guides the pope on matters critical to the Catholic Church's future. Termination of services of Australia's Cardinal George Pell and Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, the former archbishop of Santiago, Chile, were announced, as well as that of Cardinal Laurent Monswegngo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pasinya is 79 and has not attended recent council meetings. Pell, who is also the chief of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, faces charges of "historical child sexual offenses" in court proceedings that are under a gag order in Melbourne, Australia. News coverage has been bloc...
Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

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The embroidered banner-portraits of the seven people Pope Francis will proclaim saints already hang on the façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica ahead of the solemn ceremony Sunday. The new tombstone and mosaic portrait of one of them, Pope Paul VI, the somber, timid pope of the turbulent 60s, is already in place in the crypt of St. Peter’s with his title changed from “Beatus” (blessed) to “Sanctus” (saint) above his name. Among those who will be canonized Sunday with Pope Paul are four religious figures: Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of a religious congregation; Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of another order; and two Italian priests, Father Francesco Spinelli and Father Vincenzo Romano. Added to the list in July...
Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

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Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned in 2011 to live a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for having sexually abused minors in the upscale Santiago parish he ran. The Vatican said Francis was doing so for "the good of the church." "It is without doubt an exceptional measure, but Karadima's grave crimes have caused exceptional damage in Chile," Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said. The "penance and prayer" sanction has been the Vatican's punish...