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  • Pope’s version of perfect Sunday unfolds with poor, immigrants, and sick

    Pope’s version of perfect Sunday unfolds with poor, immigrants, and sick

    Pope Francis visibly enjoyed himself on Sunday while traveling to the Italian cities of Cesena and Bologna, spending long periods with recent immigrants and refugees in Italy, meeting with workers and the poor, caressing the sick and people with disabilities, and repeatedly exhorting the young and the elderly to be in dialogue with one another.

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  • Corruption is the ‘termite of politics,’ Pope Francis says

    Corruption is the ‘termite of politics,’ Pope Francis says

    Speaking in the north-central Italian town of Cesena on Sunday, Pope Francis outlined his own version of “Profiles in Courage,” outlining what he sees as the core of virtuous politics: A kind of politics that’s “neither a servant nor an owner, but a friend and collaborator … neither fearful nor reckless, but responsible and therefore courageous and prudent at the same time.”

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  • Police capture ex-priest who fled while serving sex abuse sentence

    Police capture ex-priest who fled while serving sex abuse sentence

    An ex-Catholic priest serving a 14-year sentence for sexual abuse of seven minors in Rome, and who had been given permission to receive treatment for a health condition in a nearby clinic, surreptitiously left last week and hailed a taxi, escaping detection. On Thursday, police caught up to him in Milan’s San Raffaele hospital and placed him in custody. Now, he’ll have to serve the remaining 11 years behind bars.

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  • Once more, Pope Francis loudly and publicly takes on the mob

    Once more, Pope Francis loudly and publicly takes on the mob

    On the 27th anniversary of the death of Italian “kid-judge” Rosario Livatino, killed by the mafia at the age of 38 in 1990, Pope Francis met for the first time ever with the Italian Parliamentary Antimafia Commission at the Vatican where he presented a three level program to fight mafia and corruption in Italy and in the world.

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  • Circus performers have a ‘joyful’ vocation, pope says

    Circus performers have a ‘joyful’ vocation, pope says

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Italy’s National Association of Traveling Performers, Pope Francis acknowledged that the life of a traveling performer “is not an easy life,” often requiring them to go to places “that don’t always appreciate the social value of this type of show.” He told them, “Do not be discouraged, continue on your path so that our cities and our countries do not lose the taste for this peculiar beauty through your presence, your art, your joy.”

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  • For the first time, the papal nuncio to Italy is not Italian

    For the first time, the papal nuncio to Italy is not Italian

    The appointment of a Swiss bishop as Italy’s apostolic nuncio ends the so-called “Italian exception.” Since Italy and Holy See established full diplomatic ties in 1929, nuncios to Italy have always been of Italian nationality. This was an “exception” because the Holy See usually desires that the “pope’s ambassador” be of a nationality different from that of the country he is appointed to, in order to avoid any “national” influence in diplomatic affairs.

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