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For women, Vatican’s new female advisory group ‘a good start’

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A new advisory group for the Pontifical Council for Culture is being hailed as the beginning of a greater representation of women in leadership at the Vatican. On March 7 the Council presented their 37-member “Women’s Consultation Group,” which they established in 2015 as a way to give women a voice in places where it






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Pope Francis to make historic visit to Anglican church in Rome

The church of All Saints will be twinned with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, home to the titular church of Cardinal Walter Kasper, to make the occasion The Anglican church of All Saints in Rome will be ‘twinned’ with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, in the south of the city, to mark Pope Francis’s visit






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Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn






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Pope: ‘Time Is Running Out, We Must Act’

Time is running out to confront this ecological crisis. We must act. I appeal for Creation to be defended.. And remember, no people are ‘criminal,’ nor religion, ‘terrorists.’ But there are people out there who are fundamentalists… Pope Francis made these points in his message to the participants of a national meeting of popular movements






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This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican ‘corruption’

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In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life. He also spoke at length on religious life, offering advice to the superiors on how to






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Ex-Chinese health minister challenged over organ trafficking at Vatican conference

Experts argued assurances from China aren’t enough to prove its transplant programme has been reformed Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances aren’t enough to prove the transplant programme has been reformed.






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PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

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One of the major protagonists in the Vatican’s leaks scandal — communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui — is releasing a book which she describes as “a testament of truth”. In the Name of Peter hits Italian bookshops today, seven months after its author received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two






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St Peter’s Basilica to host Anglican Evensong for the first time

On March 13, Anglican choral Evensong will be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the first time. Permission was granted by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, during a recent meeting with Archbishop David Moxon, the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Archbishop Moxon will preside at the 3pm






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