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Pope Francis lays out principles and achievements of Vatican reform

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has today laid out a series of criteria for reforming the Roman Curia, calling for a conversion of minds and hearts and warning that while some criticism of the reform is healthy, some of it is ill-willed. … Continue reading

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Pope, fitter than ever, celebrates 80th birthday with homeless

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has celebrated his 80th birthday today with a Mass with the cardinals and breakfast with the homeless, but otherwise leading a normal day of audiences and meetings at the Vatican. He said Mass this morning in the Pauline chapel … Continue reading

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Pope’s Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et Misera’ – full text

[The full text follows of Pope Francis’s apostolic letter concluding the Year of Mercy, released today in which he extends priests’ faculty to forgive sins of abortion as well as the Society of Pius X to give sacramental absolution, and … Continue reading

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Francis declares martyred priest a ‘blessed’, calls Islamist murder ‘satanic’

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis this morning declared that the elderly French priest murdered at the altar by young men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State was a martyr who had undergone a “satanic” persecution. He also said that Father Jacques Hamel’s picture … Continue reading

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Statement by Archbishop of Rouen in response to killing of Fr Hamel

  Statement by the Archbishop of Rouen following the brutal killing of an 84-year old French priest this morning (see Crux for story): From Krakow, I have learned about the killings this morning in the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. There were three … Continue reading

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The Pope on Nice: ‘The pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts’

Remembering the loss of innocent lives in Nice, many of whom were children, the Pope yesterday said “the pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts”. Speaking at Sunday’s Angelus, he said he was “close to each family and the … Continue reading

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Papal spokesman declaration on the horror in Nice

Throughout the night we have followed with great concern the terrible news from Nice. On behalf of Pope Francis, we join in solidarity with the suffering of the victims and of the entire French people this day that should have … Continue reading

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