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Why did Pope Francis visit Benedict XVI? To say happy birthday!

Early Easter greetings and birthday wishes were the reason for Pope Francis’ visit with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on Wednesday. Following his annual custom, Francis visited his predecessor at Vatican City’s Mater Ecclesiae monastery on April 12 to extend his greetings ahead of Easter Sunday. The Vatican Press Office said the visit had “a double










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Vatican stamps mark Benedict XVI’s birthday and Fatima apparitions

The Philatelic and Numismatic Office said the stamp sheet celebrating Benedict’s birthday is an ‘affectionate tribute’ The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday and important events in the life of the Church spanning almost 2,000 years. The Philatelic and Numismatic










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Bible scholar gives inside look at Vatican’s Stations of the Cross

Pope Francis chose French biblical scholar, Anne-Marie Pelletier, to write the meditations for this year’s annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum. A recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in 2014, as well as a wife and mother, Pelletier’s meditations follow her own scripturally-based Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis, based on










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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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