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February 11, 2013 | From Vatican Radio
Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.
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April 11, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Pope Francis on Friday made his first public plea for forgiveness on behalf of priests who have abused children. “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests -- quite a few in number, [although] obviously not compared to the number of all priests -- to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the pope said in a strongly worded, unscripted speech. The apology marked a change of tone by the pope, who has been criticized for paying scant attention to the clerical sex-abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church.
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April 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian government backed off on a threatened shutdown of Vatican Radio and said it would give the broadcaster until the end of the month to negotiate a reduction in its electromagnetic emissions. Vatican Radio, which was to be shut down next week, said it was satisfied with the decision. The announcement came after a nearly five-hour meeting of government ministers over the dispute, which was sparked by health concerns of residents living near Vatican Radio's transmitters.
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February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open its confidential archives "to hold abusers accountable. " "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report says.
NEWS
May 3, 2001 | Associated Press
Vatican Radio agreed Wednesday to reduce some shortwave transmissions to comply with tough Italian environmental regulations. Negotiations on medium-wave broadcasts are continuing. The station is under pressure to reduce electromagnetic emissions because some residents near a radio transmission tower outside Rome fear that the emissions pose a health hazard.
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July 5, 1992 | MERCER CROSS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
On the airwaves in Albania or Zambia, its trademark sounds are the same: the distinctive musical signature, Christus Vincit --Christ conquers--and the familiar Latin call sign, Laudetur Iesus Christus --Let Jesus Christ be praised. Vatican Radio has been delivering the message of the Roman Catholic Church to the world for 61 years. It has been jammed but never silenced, even in war.
NEWS
July 3, 1987
A fierce wave band dispute between Vatican Radio and four private Rome FM stations has flared into violence with arson attacks against religious targets. The dispute, caused by Vatican Radio's decision to change its frequencies to conform with an international agreement, has infuriated the private stations, who say their transmissions will be drowned out as a result. The shift puts Vatican Radio on the same frequencies as the four stations, including one operated by the tiny Radical Party.
NEWS
April 11, 2001
The government called a Vatican Radio offer to reduce transmissions "absolutely insufficient" and warned that it will pull the plug on broadcasts unless the Vatican complies with Italian laws governing electromagnetic emissions. It was the latest step in a struggle between Italy and the Vatican over the emissions, which people living near radio transmission towers outside Rome fear are a health hazard.
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April 7, 2001 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whenever Pope John Paul II lectures the faithful about respect for the environment, the right to life or anything else on his mind, a forest of transmitters on Rome's northern outskirts beams his words in 40 languages to Vatican Radio listeners around the world. Now it's the Vatican's turn to get lectured. Italian officials charge that those potent transmitters emit illegal levels of electromagnetic radiation, and neighborhood activists claim that they are killing children by causing leukemia.
WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church has “systematically” protected predator priests, allowing “tens of thousands” of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open up its confidential archives in order “to hold abusers accountable.” “The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Pope Francis has taken another step toward making the Catholic Church more inclusive by telling priests to rethink how they reach out to the children of gay and separated parents. But the Vatican warned Sunday against reading too much into the remarks. "How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing? We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them,” Francis told around 120 leaders of male religious orders during a meeting at the Vatican.
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February 24, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- In his last Sunday address in St. Peter's Square before leaving his post, Pope Benedict XVI said he was following God's wishes by stepping down and would not abandon the Roman Catholic Church. Addressing a crowd of about 100,000 flag-waving well-wishers, Benedict said, "The Lord is calling me to climb onto the mountain, to dedicate myself even more to prayer and meditation. " The 85-year-old pontiff then added: "This does not mean abandoning the church. Actually, if God asks this of me, it is precisely because I can continue to serve her with the same dedication and the same love I have shown so far.” His service, he added, would be "in a way more in keeping with my age and my forces.
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February 11, 2013 | From Vatican Radio
Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.
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December 23, 2011 | By David O'Reilly, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Cardinal John P. Foley, a priest who rose from working-class roots in Philadelphia to become the Vatican's longtime spokesman on Roman Catholic social teachings, has died. He was 76. Foley was perhaps best known to American audiences as host for 25 years of NBC's annual broadcast of the pope's Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. He died Dec. 11 of leukemia at a home for retired priests in Darby, Pa., the town where he was born. Citing fatigue and declining health, he returned to Philadelphia in February after four years as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a knighthood based in Rome.
WORLD
April 9, 2010 | By Henry Chu
Pope Benedict XVI is willing to meet with more victims of priestly abuse, the Vatican said Friday, as more complaints of clerical misconduct continued to surface across Europe. Benedict has met with such victims in the past, most notably in the U.S., but has yet to do so since a raft of new allegations of abuse began emerging in Europe in recent weeks. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pontiff was available for more face-to-face meetings. But even as Lombardi spoke to Vatican Radio on Friday, new cases of alleged abuse were reported in Norway.
NEWS
February 3, 2010 | By BY GEOFF BOUCHER
Remember when "Avatar" was just a movie? There have been breathless reports that "Avatar" is so vivid and so powerful that moviegoers walk out feeling let down by the gray world here on boring old Terra. "Movie-goers feel depressed and even suicidal at not being able to visit utopian alien planet" may sound like a headline from the Onion but, nope, there it was in the Daily Mail of London and, a day earlier, on CNN, which quoted a forum post by someone named Mike who glumly said that the majesty of the movie has left him feeling, um, blue.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2010
'Sun' to shine at museum The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County said Tuesday that it was set to receive a $1-million grant that would go toward what it is calling a new "landmark" permanent exhibition. "Under the Sun: Los Angeles, California and the World" is scheduled to open in 2012 and will broadly explore the history of Southern California, including ways in which diverse communities interacted with the land to shape the area. The museum said that the new grant is coming from the James Irvine Foundation.
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