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#Vatican

# vatican - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Catholic TDs "will not be excommunicated" if they vote for abortion legislation

A senior Vatican official has said that TDs should resign rather than support abortion legislation.

# vatican - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

VIDEO: Has Pope Francis been seen performing an exorcism?

Video from an event last Friday shows the pontiff laying his hands on a young man who convulses and then slumps over.

# vatican - Friday 17 May, 2013

Modern churches aren't up to scratch, says Vatican museum chief

The Vatican official said that modern churches are missing the beauty and functionality of older churches.

# vatican - Monday 6 May, 2013

Controversial seven-time Italian premier Andreotti dies aged 94

Giulio Andreotti — nicknamed “The Untouchable” and “The Black Pope” — was a divisive figure in Italian politics, with close ties to the Vatican and rumoured mafia links.

# vatican - Thursday 25 April, 2013

RTÉ News chief 'satisified' with €167,000 cost of Pope coverage

Kevin Bakhurst said the cost of covering the change of Pope was €100,000 less than on the last occasion in 2005.

# vatican - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

IP addresses from Vatican linked to internet porn downloads

Data from a torrent monitoring website finds that addresses linked to the Holy See have been downloading explicit material.

# vatican - Friday 5 April, 2013

Pope urges Church to 'act with determination in cases of sexual abuse'

The Vatican continues to receive around 600 claims against abusive priests ever year. Today’s comments from Pope Francis were his first on the clerical sex abuse scandal since succeeding Pope Benedict last month.

# vatican - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Archbishop Martin says the Church should not be 'gagged'

But he added the Catholic Church in Ireland needs to learn that it cannot expect people to do as they are told.

# vatican - Friday 29 March, 2013

Pope Francis presides over his first Good Friday ceremony

The pope has attended the Passion of Christ in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a torch-lit procession at the Colosseum later tonight.

# vatican - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Video: Pope Francis in unprecedented meeting with predecessor Benedict

The two men prayed after Pope Francis arrived at ‘Emeritus Pope’ Benedict’s lakeside residence in Castel Gandolfo earlier today in what was an historic rendezvous.

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: RTE stars confused by Pope’s message of humility, and Office of Public Works ‘may never know’ the source of the Cork floods.

Francis to meet Benedict XVI in 'first ever' meeting of popes

This morning’s meeting of the Pope and Pope Emeritus is thought to be the first such meeting in history.

# vatican - Friday 22 March, 2013

From The Daily Edge Vatican tweets Batman story, but says it wasn't hacked Holy Switcheroo

Vatican tweets Batman story, but says it wasn't hacked

To the Batcave aka St Peter’s Square!

Pope wants better relations with Muslims and atheists

Pope Francis called for the Catholic Church to “intensify” dialogue with Islam.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your wet and windy Friday.

# vatican - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration Pope Francis This post contains images

In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration

In his address to the nearly 200,000 pilgrims the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass at the Vatican Vatican This post contains videos

LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass at the Vatican

Watch live proceedings from St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis formally commences his pontificate.

World leaders flock to Rome for Pope Francis' inauguration

City authorities are preparing for an influx of up to a million people to the city for the inaugural mass this morning.

# vatican - Sunday 17 March, 2013

"I thank you from my heart" - Pope Francis sends his first tweet

Pope Francis’s first tweet from the @Pontifex account was a break from the more formal style of tweets sent from the account under Pope Benedict XVI.

# vatican - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Pope Francis gives rare insight into what happened at conclave

The new pope said today he wants “a poor Church for the poor” and spoke about how his name was inspired by St Francis of Assisi.

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

# vatican - Friday 15 March, 2013

The Ordinary Pontiff: Pope Francis pays hotel bill, carries his own luggage

Francis brushed off years of tradition and formality with a remarkable break in style, sending a message that he will reject many of the trappings enjoyed by the now-retired Benedict XVI.

# vatican - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora, Co Clare Exclusive

Kilfenora is the last remaining parish to come under the remit of the Holy See.

Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope

IN PICTURES: Twenty reactions to the election of the New World’s first pope.

FRONT PAGES: Pope Francis dominates the new and old worlds' newspapers Pope Francis This post contains images

FRONT PAGES: Pope Francis dominates the new and old worlds' newspapers

It was a rare newspaper today that did not run images from the Vatican on its front page. Here’s a round up.

That was quick - but how long have papal conclaves lasted in the past?

The speedy election of this new pope was not a break from tradition…

# vatican - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Jorge Bergoglio's first words as Pope Francis

Here is the 76-year-old’s first speech in full.

Why do Catholic cardinals wear scarlet for the conclave?

Blood and a willingness to die for their faith as a literal part of the “body” of the Church, apparently.

And the new pope is... Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Cardinals in conclave at the Vatican have revealed the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis.

LIVE: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel as new pope is elected White Smoke This post contains videos

LIVE: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel as new pope is elected

Cardinals in conclave at the Vatican have elected a new pope, whose identity will be revealed in a few moments.

Los Angeles diocese pay out €10 million to four abuse victims

Files released last month revealed how a Cardinal had discussed how to cover up alleged crimes. He is now at the Vatican, choosing a new pope.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# vatican - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added missing engagement ring

Here are all the things we learned, loved and shared today.

PHOTOS: Day 1 of the Vatican conclave to elect the next Pope

The 115 cardinals under 80 were locked into the Sistine Chapel this afternoon to begin the process of choosing the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

Centuries-old rituals to be carried out as conclave begins

Cardinals will be sworn in with a solemn oath that threatens anyone who reveals the deliberations of the conclave with instant excommunication.

Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?

There are currently 209 members of the College of Cardinals – but only 115 of them get a vote in choosing the new pontiff.

# vatican - Monday 11 March, 2013

Frontrunners emerge in last day of pre-conclave talks

One of the cardinals in contention, Timothy Dolan, told an interviewer that anyone mentioning him as a candidate must be “smoking marijuana”.