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« Reply #800 on: November 08, 2013, 07:31:42 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/11/08/pope_francis_receives_participants_in_plenary_of_the_apostolic/en1-744775

2013-11-08 13:25:17
Pope Francis receives participants in Plenary of the Apostolic Signatura

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura on Friday in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Apostolic Signatura is the highest court in the Catholic Church. It deals with procedural challenges arising in the Church’s other courts, as well as with disputes arising under the Church's administrative law. The Signatura is also responsible for overseeing the general administration of Justice in the Church. Listen: RealAudioMP3

In remarks to the participants, Pope Francis focused on the role of the Defender of the Bond: the lawyer who argues in favor of the validity of a marriage in annulment cases. “In his delicate task,” said Pope Francis, “[the Defender of the Bond] is called to harmonise the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law with the concrete situations of the Church and of society.”
 
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« Reply #801 on: November 09, 2013, 08:01:51 PM »

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2013-11-09 12:24:19
Feast day recalls grace, foundation, reform of Church

(Vatican Radio) At the morning mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis underlined the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which the Church celebrates on Saturday.
Listen to this report: RealAudioMP3

The Pope recalled how the feast day is also the feast of the city of Rome, the Church of Rome and the Universal Church. The Lateran Basilica (or the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome) is the cathedral of Rome and “Mother of all the churches urbe et orbe”.

The Pope addressed the “three icons” in the day’s readings, which speak of the Church. From the first reading of Ezekiel and in Psalm 45, the icon of the river that runs from the Temple and in which the city of God rejoices is the image of the grace that sustains and nurtures the life of the Church. In the second reading of Saint Paul to the Corinthians, the icon of the rock, which is Jesus Christ, is the foundation on which the Church is built.

The Gospel reading of the purification of the Temple is the icon of the reform of the Church—“Ecclesia semper reformanda”—because the members of the Church are always sinners and in need of conversion.
 
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« Reply #802 on: November 09, 2013, 08:10:41 PM »

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2013-11-09 11:32:27
Pope: Church must include sick, disabled

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for the “real inclusion” in the Christian community of people with sickness and disability through inclusive ministry in parish communities and Catholic associations.

“To favour the real inclusion of the sick in the Christian community and to arouse in them a strong sense of belonging, it is necessary to have inclusive ministry in parishes and in associations,” he said on Saturday. “It consists of truly valuing the presence and witness of fragile and suffering persons, not only as the recipients of evangelical work, but as active subjects of this same apostolic activity.”

The Pope made these comments in the Paul VI Hall during an audience attended by people with sickness or disability and some members of UNITALSI, an Italian association that travels with the sick and disabled on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and to other international Marian sanctuaries. The association is marking 110 years since its foundation.
 
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« Reply #803 on: November 09, 2013, 08:34:27 PM »

Many photos at the link

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/09/pope-francis-disabilities-_n_4246258.html#slide=3100958

Pope Francis Welcomes Hundreds With Disabilities In Wheelchairs.. One By One
11/09/13 09:23 AM ET EST

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has greeted hundreds of people in wheelchairs one-by-one — part of a special gathering in which rows of seats were removed from a Vatican auditorium to make room for the disabled visitors.
 
Some 600 people in wheelchairs waited to have their time with Francis during the event Saturday. He moved down the rows to greet each person, doling out hugs and kisses as well as chatting.
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« Reply #804 on: November 10, 2013, 05:58:17 PM »

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2013-11-10 13:17:02
Pope Francis: death is behind us, in front of us God of the living

(Vatican Radio) During the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on Sunday’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus tackled the Sadducees, those who denied that there could be a resurrection.
Listen to Giulia Cirillo's report: RealAudioMP3

The Sadducees, Pope Francis said, put the following question to Jesus, in an attempt to ridicule the belief in resurrection: “A woman has had seven husbands, who died one after the other. Now at the resurrection, whose wife will that woman be?” First of all, the Pope said, Jesus explains that life after death has different parameters from our life on earth: eternal life is a different life, in a different dimension where, among other things, matrimony will no longer exist. The risen, Jesus says, will be like angels, and they will live in a different state of being, which we cannot achieve or even imagine right now.
 
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« Reply #805 on: November 10, 2013, 06:03:24 PM »

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2013-11-10 13:44:31
Pope Francis: heartfelt solidarity with those affected by Philippines typhoon

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the President of the Philippines, expressing his solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon, one of the worst on record, is feared to have killed as many as 10.000 people on Leyte island, which bore the brunt of the storm.

Please find below the full text of the telegram, signed by Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
 
Pope Francis also prayed for the victims of the typhoon after the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square. He firstly called for silent prayer, and then led the faithful in a recitation of the Hail Mary. Furthermore, he urged those present to help their brothers and sisters in the Philippines concretely, as well as through prayer.
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« Reply #806 on: November 11, 2013, 04:31:36 PM »

grace-land, the picture of the Pope cradling this man's face -- brought me to tears.  What a compassionate man he is.


Oh, sister, it was so moving to see his compassion for that man.  The picture reminded me of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, a nun, who spent many years in the slums helping the poorest of the poor and the sick and the dying.
 
 

that is exactly who I thought about too.
I remember reading this story about a journalist interviewing her as she tended the lepers.  The journalist was taken aback that she did not hesitate to touch them.  He said, "I wouldn't do that for a million dollars."  To which she kindly replied, "Neither would I."  What an incredible woman she was.
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« Reply #807 on: November 11, 2013, 09:11:30 PM »

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2013-11-11 12:50:50
Pope Francis: corruption is 'varnished putrefaction' of whitewashed tomb

(Vatican Radio) Those who don’t truly repent and only pretend to be Christian are damaging the Church. These were the words of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning in the Vatican’s Santa Marta.
Listen to Giulia Cirillo’s report: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis focused his homily on the Lord’s exhortation to forgive our brothers and sisters who have sinned. Jesus, he said, never tired of forgiving, and neither should we. As the Gospel says, if our brother wrongs us seven times in one day, and repents every time, we should forgive him.

However, Pope Francis warned, there is difference between being a sinner and being corrupt. Those who sin and repent, who ask for forgiveness, are humble before the Lord. But those who continue to sin, while pretending to be Christian, lead a double life, they are corrupt. A Christian who is a benefactor, Pope Francis said, who gives to the Church with one hand, but steals with the other hand from the country, from the poor, is unjust. And Jesus says: “It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea”. This is because, the Pope explained, that person is deceitful, and “where there is deceit, the Spirit of God cannot be”.

“We should all call ourselves sinners”, Pope Francis said, but those who are corrupt do not understand humility. Jesus called them whitewashed tombs: they appear beautiful, from the outside, but inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction. And a Christian who boasts about being Christian, but does not lead a Christian life, is corrupt.
 
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« Reply #808 on: November 11, 2013, 09:24:48 PM »

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicnews/2013/11/apostolic-nuncio-calls-us-bishops-to-deeper-christian-witness/

Apostolic nuncio calls US bishops to deeper Christian witness
November 11, 2013 By CNA Daily News

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the U.S. bishops’ autumn conference, the Pope’s representative urged the diocesan shepherds to a more profound witnessing to Christ and to preserve unity amongst themselves.

This is “a call to attentiveness, watchfulness and preparedness for whatever proclaiming the Gospel may mean for us as successors of the Apostles, who were called to give radical witness to their faith in Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Carlo Vigano told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 11.

The nuncio, an Italian native, introduced his speech by saying that he would be sharing “a few reflections and observations I have since my time here in this country,” adding that “I ask you to take these thoughts into prayerful consideration. You know this comes from my admiration, respect, and loving concern for the Church in America.”

He began by referring to Paul VI, and quoting extensively from the late Pope's apostolic exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi, which Pope Francis, he noted, considers “the greatest pastoral document written to date.”

Archbishop Vigano stressed Paul VI's statement that “modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if it does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”

He used this statement to impress upon the bishops the necessity of being witnesses to the Gospel. “Certainly, my brothers, no one can dispute the clear fact that our present Holy Father himself, as the Supreme Teacher, is giving us, by his own witness, an example of how to live a life attuned to the values of the Gospel.”
 
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« Reply #809 on: November 11, 2013, 11:50:58 PM »

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=19632

Cardinal assures traditionalists of Pope’s support for Extraordinary Form
 November 11, 2013

The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy.

“I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he have any problem with lay groups and associations like yours that promote it,” Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos told members of Una Voce International (FIUV), who were in Rome for a general assembly.

Responding to questions from FIUV members about tensions within the Friars of the Immaculate, the Colombian cardinal said that the Pope moved to insist on the use of the Novus Ordo in that religious community only because of internal dissension, and not because of any negative judgment on the traditional liturgy.
 
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« Reply #810 on: November 11, 2013, 11:53:19 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/st-peters-relics_n_4256447.html?ir=Religion

St. Peter Relics: Vatican To Display Bones Believed To Be From Leader Of Jesus' Disciples For First Time
Religion News Service  |  By Eric J. Lyman   Posted: 11/11/2013 4:22 pm EST  |  Updated: 11/11/2013 4:27 pm

ROME (RNS) The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 apostles, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, Nov. 24.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, wrote in Monday’s editions of L’Osservatore Romano, that the Catholic faithful making a pilgrimage to St. Peter’s tomb to mark the end of the Year of Faith will enjoy “the exposition … of the relics traditionally recognized as those of the apostle who gave his life for the Lord on this spot.”

Fisichella was referring to the long-held belief that Peter was crucified upside down and died in either A.D. 64 or 67 on the spot now marked by the Clementine Chapel inside the basilica that bears his name.

The church never officially declared the bones — which were discovered in the 1940s — authentic. But a series of exhaustive tests conducted on the bones between their discovery and 1968 convinced Pope Paul VI they had been “identified in a way we can hold to be convincing.” Previously, only the box containing the bones was on display.
 

 
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« Reply #811 on: November 12, 2013, 02:03:29 AM »

http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/usccb-general-assembly/

USCCB General Assembly - 2013 November
 
U.S. Bishops General Assembly — November 11-14 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 2013  November General Assembly in Baltimore will be held on November 11-14.  You will be able to view the bishops' actions at the meeting by viewing the live stream or reviewing video-on-demand of the public sessions and reading through the tweets below. You will also find links to related USCCB  news releases and coverage from Catholic News Service on this page. Links to the agenda, speeches, votes and other material are  posted in the right hand column of this page.

Latest News Releases & CNS Coverage

U.S. Bishops to Vote for Next President, Vice President at Fall General Assembly

The USCCB Media Blog profiles the 2013 President/VP candidates.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will elect the next president and vice president of USCCB during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.
 
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« Reply #812 on: November 12, 2013, 10:22:49 AM »

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/archbishop-kurtz-elected-president-of-u.s.-bishops-conference/

Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops' Conference
The USCCB also elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as its vice president.
by CNA/EWTN NEWS 11/12/2013


Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected Nov. 12 as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
– Catholic News Agency


BALTIMORE — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.

Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference’s fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year term.

The bishops’ conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Archbishop Kurtz served as bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., from 1999-2007. He was a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., for 27 years, with a special focus in social services, diocesan administration and parish ministry. He served as the director of the diocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate from 1988 to 1998 and was an executive director of the diocese’s Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau.

He is the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society and an adviser to the Catholic Social Workers National Association, the Archdiocese of Louisville website says. He is on the board of directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and on the advisory board to the cause for the canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The archbishop has previously served as chair of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage and Family Life.
 
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http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-presidentialvp-slate-2013.html
Thursday, November 7, 2013

4. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo



Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
•Born May 23, 1949
•Ordained priest of Pittsburgh, July 16, 1977
•Coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, 1997-1998
•Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, 1998-2004
•Coadjutor bishop/archbishop of Galveston-Houston, 2004-2006
•Elevated to cardinal, 2007
First cardinal from Texas. Chairman-elect of the bishops' Committee on Divine Worship. Former chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities (2009-2012) and current member of that committee, as well as National Collections Committee and Subcomittee on Health Care Issues. Participated in the March 2013 conclave to elect Pope Francis.
 
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« Reply #813 on: November 12, 2013, 10:33:35 AM »

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2013-11-12 13:38:03
Pope Francis: Even when scolding us, God’s hands never give us a slap but instead a caress

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflects on the loving nature of God’s hands, saying even when scolding us, these hands never give a slap but instead a caress. This was the focus of his homily at the Tuesday morning mass at the Santa Marta Guest House.
Listen to this report by Susy Hodges: RealAudioMP3

In his homily Pope Francis reflected on the reading from the Book of Wisdom that recalls how we are created from the soil by God’s hands, “those hands which have never abandoned us.” “God created man to be incorruptible,” said the Pope but the devil entered the world and those who belong to him know all about it.

He went on: “We all have to undergo death but it’s one thing to undergo this experience when belonging to the devil and it’s another to undergo this experience when in the hands of God.” “Our God, like a Father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain and who comforts us.” God’s hands, the Pope continued, “are hands that are wounded from love” and who heal us. “I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never.” “Even when he scolds us, he does it with a caress.”
 
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/11/12/pope_meets_with_russian_orthodox_metropolitan_hilarion/en1-745884

2013-11-12 13:26:30
Pope meets with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Tuesday with Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Later this evening a "Concert for Peace" in honor of Pope Francis, will be offered by the Russian Orthodox Church, with music sung by a young Russian opera singer, Svetlana Kasyan, at the Auditorium in Via della Conciliazione.

The Pope’s meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion comes as the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola, is in Moscow, meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

Exploring Orthodox spirituality and promoting reconciliation between Catholics and Orthodox is also the focus of life at a Benedictine monastery in Belgium, commonly known as Chevetogne Abbey. Founded in the 1920s, the monastery holds both Latin and Eastern rite services every day and runs the world’s oldest ecumenical journal entitled ‘Irenikon’.
 
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« Reply #815 on: November 12, 2013, 02:08:28 PM »

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/synod-evangelization-discussed-at-bishops-meeting/

Synod, Evangelization Discussed at Bishops’ Meeting
by CNA/EWTN NEWS 11/12/2013

BALTIMORE — During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.
 
Mother Tallon’s Cause

The bishops also carried out a canonical episcopal consultation — a required step in the Church’s canonization process — for Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, servant of God. After hearing a presentation from Cardinal Dolan, the local prelate promoting Mother Tallon’s cause, the body of bishops approved a request to move forward on her sainthood cause.
 
Synod Discussion

In addition, the bishops discussed practical considerations in gathering data requested by the Vatican in anticipation of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops next October, which will explore the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

“There’s a great enthusiasm for the synod,” Cardinal Dolan observed as he opened a discussion on how to best gather data.

The bishops have been asked by the Holy See to collect information on the state of marriage and family in the U.S. Church in order to help address pastoral questions of how to minister to those living in irregular family situations, among other things.

While confirming that “the questionnaire is intended for the bishops,” Cardinal Dolan noted that the bishops can consult various groups and individuals in compiling their answers. Some bishops said they are seeking input from the faithful over the Internet, while others are contacting pastoral councils and other diocesan organizations to gain the data needed to prepare for the synod.
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« Reply #816 on: November 13, 2013, 12:02:41 AM »

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin/

Pope Francis to Meet With Vladimir Putin
by CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY 11/12/201

ROME — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.
 
Pope Francis will be the third pope to meet with President Putin. On March 13, 2007, the Russian leader met with Benedict XVI; and although he did not invite Pope Benedict to visit Russia, despite hopes that he would, the meeting did mark a turning point in relations with then-Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II.

Blessed John Paul II met with Putin twice during his pontificate, once in 2000 and a second time in 2003. Years earlier, the soon-to-be-canonized saint met with the president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, on Dec. 1, 1989, several days after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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« Reply #817 on: November 13, 2013, 01:22:11 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/11/13/pope:_confession_is_like_second_baptism_for_forgiveness_of_sins/en1-746141

2013-11-13 11:08:34
Pope: Confession is like second Baptism for forgiveness of sins

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called on the faithful Wednesday to humbly ask forgiveness every time they sin. As part of his catechesis during this Wednesday's General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said, like Baptism, which washes away original sin and personal sin, the Sacrament of Confession can “open the door to a new life” as the merciful God “enters our lives.” The Pope invited Catholics to renew the grace of Baptism by going to Confession often and with a contrite heart: “The Church teaches us to confess our sins with humility, because only in forgiveness, received and given, do our restless hearts find peace and joy.”
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Below, please find Pope Francis' remarks to English speaking pilgrims, read out in English by an assistant:
 
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« Reply #818 on: November 13, 2013, 01:40:25 PM »

http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2013/11/five-things-to-remember-on-nov-12.html

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Five Things To Remember On Nov. 12

 1. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, was elected president of the USCCB today. Archbishop Kurtz has been the conference's vice president for three years and you can hear how the Conference is called to follow Pope Francis' lead in warming hearts and minds. In addition, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, was elected as vice president.

 2. Several different USCCB committee chairman were elected today, and you can see the full list.

 3.The bishops voted to develop a statement on pornography during the next two years.  “As pastors, we’re aware that many people are consuming or are exploited by pornography, and many also are struggling with pornography addiction,” Bishop Richard J. Malone said in his report. “The number of men, women, and children who have been harmed by pornography use is not negligible, and we have an opportunity to offer healing and hope to those who have been wounded.”
 
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http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/guard-changes-top-priorities-continue-at-the-u.s.-bishops-conference/
Guard Changes, Top Priorities Continue at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference
by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 11/13/2013
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« Reply #819 on: November 13, 2013, 01:45:04 PM »

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/vatican-no2-will-be-vindicated-pope-1.1606213#.UoPJmr7nbIV

Vatican No2 will be vindicated: Pope
November 12 2013 at 08:59pm

Vatican City - History will show that the Vatican's controversial ex-number two man was “generous and faithful” in his work for the Holy See, Pope Francis has said in a book presented Tuesday.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who held the influential post equivalent to the Vatican's prime minister, presented his book on “Vatican Diplomacy in a Globalised World” to journalists a month after stepping down.

In the preface, Francis defends the actions of his predecessor pope Benedict XVI's right-hand man - a divisive figure appointed in 2006 who was disliked by many for his management style.

“History... will make clear the intense work done by Cardinal Bertone,” who gave “generous and faithful support” to Benedict's papacy, Francis wrote.
 
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