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History in the making: brothers in arms

In an historic photograph of a pope and former pope, Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on March 23. The two spent several hours together, sharing prayer, a long meeting and lunch. “We are brothers,” Pope Benedict was told by his successor. This was their first encounter since Pope Benedict resigned on February 28.  Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

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Pope Francis makes his stand

HONG KONG (SE): One event that Vatican-watchers know not to miss is the address of the pope to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, as it is the closest thing to a policy speech that any pope will give.

However, when a newly-elected pope is speaking, there is even more urgency to be there.

 

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The new pope and the Church in China

 

HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming Pope Francis to the Chair of Peter as the leader of the Catholic people of the world, a vicar general from the Hong Kong diocese, Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, called on people to pray for him, as he comes to leadership of the Church in extremely difficult times.

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Pope Francis set for World Youth Day

 

VATICAN (SE): At the beginning of this year, one strange omen that did appear is that World Youth Day was the only thing entered on Pope Benedict XVI’s international itinerary.

Then, as a consequence of his February 11 announcement of his pending resignation, it was scratched out of the dairy.

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Pope Francis wants Church on the streets

 

HONG KONG (SE): A slightly stunned-looking Jorje Mario Cardinal Bergoglio sj, stood on the balcony in St. Peter’s Square on the evening of March 13 when he appeared to greet the crowds for the first time as Pope Francis.

But as the anthems of Italy and the Vatican died in the chill evening air, a smile broke the solemnity of his face and the simple greeting, “Brothers and sisters, good evening,” signalled that a new style of papacy had arrived.

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Pope Francis brings high pedigree to the job

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio sj, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires,” the official biography of the newly-elected pope released by the Vatican press office begins.

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