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The Rising Demand for Exorcisms ... Even by Cellphone

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 04-16-2018

A priest attends a course for aspiring exorcists in Rome, Italy April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
 

Father Benigno Palilla, an exorcist for the diocese of Palermo, told Vatican Radio in February that he had performed about 50 exorcisms in the past two and a half years.

Fighting Social Injustice as Important as Fighting Abortion: Pope

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 04-09-2018

Image via Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Since the start of his papacy in 2013, conservatives have criticized Francis, accusing him of not defending moral teachings such as those on abortion, homosexuality and divorce as strongly as his predecessors.

Pope Francis Washes Feet of Prisoners, Says Death Penalty Is Not Christian

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 03-29-2018

Pope Francis kisses the foot of an inmate at the Regina Coeli prison during the Holy Thursday celebration in Rome, Italy, March 29, 2018. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS

Since his election in 2013, Francis has several times called for an worldwide ban on capital punishment, prompting criticism from Church conservatives, particularly in the United States.

Keep Shouting, Don't Become Anesthetized, Pope Tells Young People

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 03-25-2018

Pope Francis after the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 25, 2018 REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
 

Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, urged young people on Sunday to keep shouting and not allow the older generations to silence their voices or anesthetize their idealism.

On Pope Francis' 5-Year Anniversary, Predecessor Defends Pontiff

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 03-13-2018

Pope Francis (L) meets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican June 28, 2017. Picture taken June 28, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
 

In his letter, former Pope Benedict disputed suggestions by conservatives that Francis' academic qualities were lacking, praising his successor as a "man of deep philosophical and theological formation" and praising an "interior continuity between the two pontificates".

Vatican Signals Its Concern Over Populist Rise in Italy Elections

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 03-07-2018

Pope Francis talks to Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as they arrive at the Cathedral San Juan Apostol y Evangelista in Lima, Peru, January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

"The Holy See has to work in whatever conditions arise. We can't [always] have the society that we would like to have, or the conditions that we would like to have," he told the Catholic news agency SIR.

Pope Says Syria Being 'Martyred,' Urges Humanitarian Aid for Ghouta

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 02-28-2018

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb. 25, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
 

Pope Francis on Sunday said Syria was being "martyred" by continued attacks killing civilians in the eastern Ghouta district, calling for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid.

Opening Lent, Pope Francis Urges People to Rediscover Power of Silence

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 02-14-2018

Pope Francis has his head sprinkled with ashes by a cardinal during the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome. Feb. 14, 2018. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
 

Pope Francis, leading Catholics into the season of Lent, urged people on Wednesday to slow down amid the noise, haste, and desire for instant gratification in a high-tech world to rediscover the power of silence.

China-Vatican Deal on Bishops Ready for Signing

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 02-01-2018

Faithful from a Catholic church take part in a Christmas parade in Shanghai, China December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

"Afterwards we will still be like a bird in a cage but the cage will be bigger," he said. It is not easy. Suffering will continue. We will have to fight for every centimeter to increase the size of the cage," he said.

Pope Sends Envoy to Chile to Investigate Bishop Accused of Abuse Cover-Up

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 01-30-2018

Pope Francis celebrates a mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy, January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
 

Barros has been accused of protecting his former mentor, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a Vatican investigation in 2011 of abusing teenage boys over many years. 

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