(VATICAN) JUST IN: Germany’s top Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered his resignation to the Pope over the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jun.05: It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” he said in a letter to Pope Francis.

ROME: Top German cleric asks to quit over Church sex abuse failures: The statement in German on the Munich archbishop’s website says his letter was dated 21 May. The Pope has asked him to remain in his post pending a decision on his resignation offer.

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Cardinal Marx, 3 Mar 20
BBC News

He is the Archbishop of Munich. The Pope is still considering his offer.

Pope Francis has sent two bishops to Cologne to investigate abuse cases.

In 2018, a study commissioned by the Church itself found that more than 3,600 children in Germany had been sexually assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014.

Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures. About one in six cases involved rape. Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.

In his letter, Cardinal Marx said investigations in recent years had revealed “a lot of personal failure and administrative mistakes” but also “institutional or systemic failure” in relation to child sex abuse.

Cardinal Marx said in his letter that the Church had come to “a dead end”. He said that with his resignation the Church could perhaps “make a fresh start, a new departure”. 

“I want to show that it’s not the institution in the foreground, but the mission of the gospel.”

Cardinal Marx has a liberal reputation and has often called for reform of the Church, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin. 

The German Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations that some Church leaders covered up past child abuse. Conservative Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, is particularly under fire, our correspondent says. 

In March, Cardinal Woelki refused to resign, despite an independent report which revealed many breaches of duty by clerics in his Cologne Archdiocese. The report named more than 300 sexual abuse victims,after examination of Church records.

Cardinal Woelki has said he welcomes the Pope’s decision to send two bishops to investigate the handling of abuse allegations, and would support them in their work.

In March the cardinal said his resignation would have been “the easier path”. “By staying in office I’m taking on responsibility for what I have started in Cologne: unsparing full revelation.” 

Around a quarter of the German population is registered in the Catholic Church.Brigitte, a survivor of child sex abuse by a chaplain, explains why she is ready to speak now (From 2019)

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(ROME, Italy.) Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.02: But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow mobsters: His release after 25 years in jail has outraged his victims’ relatives: He will now be on parole for four years:

Sicilian Mafia: Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone he’s now on 4yr parole

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Giovanni Brusca held by two anti-mafia police after being arrested
Giovanni Brusca was arrested in 1996

Brusca, now 64, was arrested in 1996 then cooperated with authorities to gain a reduced sentence. The information he supplied led to numerous other gangsters being arrested, the report said.

Who is Giovanni Brusca?

Brusca, now 64, was a key figure within the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia group.

In 1992, he detonated the bomb that killed Italy’s leading anti-Mafia investigator, judge Giovanni Falcone, in one of the country’s most infamous murder cases.

Mr Falcone’s wife and three bodyguards were also killed in the attack, when Brusca set off half a tonne of explosives under the road near Palermo they were driving along.

The attack, followed two months later by the killing of Mr Falcone’s colleague Paolo Borsellino, rocked Italy and resulted in tough new anti-Mafia laws.

EPA: Mrs Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards were killed by the bomb

Brusca has confessed to his role in more than 100 murders.

One of the most gruesome was the killing of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 11-year-old son of another mafioso who had betrayed him. Brusca had the boy kidnapped and tortured before he was strangled and his body dissolved in acid – as a result, the child’s family couldn’t bury him.

After his arrest in 1996, he turned state witness in order to reduce his sentence. He helped investigators track down the gangsters responsible for several Mafia attacks in the 1980s and 1990s.

What has the reaction been?

Brusca’s release has prompted grief and anger among relatives of some of his victims.

The wife of one of the bodyguards killed, Tina Montinaro, told the Repubblica newspaper she was “indignant”.

“The state is against us – after 29 years we still don’t know the truth about the massacre and Giovanni Brusca, the man who destroyed my family, is free,” Ms Montinaro said. 

Maria Falcone, the sister of the judge, said she was “saddened” by the news but that the law gave Brusca the right to leave prison.

Several Italian politicians condemned Brusca’s release.

“After 25 years in prison, the mafia boss Giovanni Brusca is a free man. This is not the ‘justice’ that Italians deserve,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party.

“It is a punch in the stomach that leaves you breathless,” Enrico Letta, the leader of the centre-left Democratic party, told radio station Rtl 102.5 on Tuesday.

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(ROME) Vatican Gift Cap Report: Pope Francis set a 40-euro ($48) gift cap for all employees Thursday and issued a new law requiring, cardinals & managers to periodically report on their compliance with clean financial practices in one of his biggest efforts yet to crack down on corruption in the Holy See #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.01: The crackdown comes as Vatican prosecutors are nearly two years into a corruption investigation involving the Vatican’s investment in a London real estate venture. Francis has preached about cleaning up the Holy See’s murky financial practices for eight years, but the new law marks his biggest step yet to ensure his own cardinals and managers are clean:

Pope sets 40-euro Vatican gift cap in corruption crackdown: ‘The law requires Vatican superiors to declare every two years that they aren’t stashing money in tax havens and aren’t under criminal investigation for tax evasion, money laundering or other crimes: They also must declare that any investments they hold are in funds consistent with Catholic doctrine’

AP News

The most striking part of the law is a measure that, if broadly applied, would amount to a revolution in curial culture: It prohibits any Vatican employee from receiving work-related gifts with a value of over 40 euros ($48). 

While “work-related” will likely be open to some interpretation, the prohibition is clearly aimed at cutting down on the sometimes lavish gifts that Vatican officials are accustomed to receiving from wealthy benefactors, friends and fellow clerics.

The practice was highlighted by the recent scandal over ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined he sexually abused minors as well as adult seminarians. McCarrick was a successful fundraiser and was known for giving checks to Vatican officials, leading to speculation that his largesse helped him avoid punishment for his sexual misconduct, which was known in the Holy See as early as the 1990s.

The Vatican’s 2020 in-house investigation into McCarrick’s rise and fall said while his fundraising prowess weighed heavily in his advancement and nomination as archbishop of Washington, there was no evidence that his “customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See.”

In the preamble to the law, Francis wrote that the regulations were necessary “because corruption can manifest itself in different forms and ways.” Vatican superiors, he wrote, “have the particular responsibility of making concrete the fidelity of which the Gospel speaks, acting according to principles of transparency and the absence of any conflicts of interest.”

The Rev. Robert Gahl, vice chair of the Program of Church Management at Rome’s Pontifical Santa Croce University, said the pope is aiming to end conflicts of interest, patronage and corruption in the Holy See hierarchy and beyond. 

“Most importantly, by limiting gifts to 40 euros, the pope is shutting down the main on-ramp for greed, corruption, and clericalism in the church,” he said in an email, calling the law a “courageous” and “giant step” toward real financial reform in the church.

The pontiff decreed that any new hires must sign a declaration attesting that they have never been convicted of a crime and aren’t currently under investigation for offenses that include money laundering, corruption, fraud, exploitation of minors or tax evasion.

The declaration must be reaffirmed every two years, with possible firing foreseen as the penalty for lying.

Also included in the declaration is the pledge that neither the manager nor third parties hold investments in offshore tax havens and that all investments are in line with the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. Such ethical investments would, for example, exclude holdings in weapons manufacturers.

Pia de Solenni, president and executive director of the Global Institute of Church Management, which aims to spread best financial practices throughout the church, said she hoped the law’s implementation plan would be made public so the church can be better served. 

She welcomed the new law as “a step towards living the transparency and accountability that the Catholic Church should be modeling for the world.”

The gift cap is perhaps the most significant reform, since cardinals and Vatican monsignors routinely receive financial gifts to supplement their relatively modest salaries and pay for the secretaries and domestic staff who help them. 

It is not unusual, for example, for Vatican higher-ups to receive Christmastime checks from fellow clerics from wealthier dioceses, or for a new cardinal to have his red cassock paid for thanks to a donation from his flock or a benefactor. If the cardinal is a Vatican manager, presumably, such sartorial gifts must now be renounced.

There have long been stories of powerful Vatican cardinals receiving outrageous gifts from fellow prelates, most famously the money and gifts from the disgraced founder of the Legion of Christ to key Vatican cardinals, despite decades of documentation that he was a drug addict who sexually abused his seminarians. 

The law was published the same day that the Holy See’s adherence to international standards to fight money laundering and terrorism financing was reviewed by the Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee. The report will be released in a few weeks.

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(ROME, Italy.) JUST IN: An Italian navy officer has been arrested while being caught in the act of handing secret documents to a Russian military official, police say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: The men were stopped by military police on suspicion of serious crimes relating to espionage and state security: The Russian, who reportedly worked at the Russian embassy in Italy, is expected to be expelled:

‘Italian officer ‘caught selling secrets to Russia’ the Russian ambassador Sergey Razov has been summoned to the foreign ministry in Rome’

March 31, 2021

The carabinieri del Ros special operations group swooped on the men in Rome on Tuesday evening “during a clandestine meeting between the two, caught immediately after the transfer of a document by the Italian officer in exchange for a sum of money”, a police statement said.

The Italian is described as being the captain of a frigate and the Russian officer’s diplomatic status is currently being assessed.

The Russian embassy confirmed the involvement of a military attaché official but said any further comment was inappropriate, adding that it hoped the incident would not affect relations, Russia’s Ria news agency reported.

Italy’s Corriere website reports that papers seized in the naval officer’s flat suggest he may have passed on Nato secrets, thereby placing other countries’ national security at risk.

Russian decline in relations with Nato

Police moved in following a lengthy operation by Italy’s Aisi domestic intelligence agency. Italian media are describing the incident as the most serious since the Cold War.

Relations between Moscow and Nato have deteriorated since Russia seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014. The poisoning of leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, now being held in a Russian penal colony, has also led to a decline.

Last week, Nato member Bulgaria expelled two Russian diplomats for “intelligence activity incompatible with diplomatic relations”.

Italian fighter planes were involved in a Nato operation to intercept Russian planes over the Baltic Sea on Monday.

(c) BBC.Com/

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‘ Final Rise of ‘ The Roman Catholic Empire ‘ as Shimon Peres Proposes United Nations of Religions ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME (Vatican City) – September 20 – Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A “United Nations of Religions,” given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents according to Fox News in their report. 

' The Holy Roman Empire and European Union ' (United Nations of Europe)

‘ The Holy Roman Empire and European Union ‘ (United Nations of Europe)

The Vatican said Peres pitched the initiative during a 45-minute audience Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. The two men last met when Francis invited the then-Israeli president and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens on June 8.

A few weeks later, war broke out in the Gaza Strip.

Peres told the Catholic publication Famiglia Cristiana that the U.N. is ill-suited to handle today’s conflicts and that a “‘U.N. of Religions’ is the best way to fight terrorists who kill in the name of God.”

Francis promised the Vatican’s attention to the proposal.

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ROME: ‘ Pope Francis Presides Over 20 Couples Marriages Including Cohabitee’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – September 14 – Pope Francis has presided over marriages for 20 Italian couples, including those who already have lived together and had children.

Pope Francis performs marriage ceremonies for cohabiting couples, parents

“The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others,”the diocese of Rome said in a statement.

“Some already live together, some already have children.” The ages of the brides and grooms ranged from the youngest being 25 to the oldest being 56.

This is his first wedding ceremony performed by Pope Francis.

The Church under the leadership of Pope Francis has welcomed and embraced us,” said Gabriella, one of the brides who had a grown-up daughter.

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' Sudanese Woman Spared Death Sentence for Converting from Islam to Christianity Arrives in Rome '

#AceBreakingNews – ROME – July 24 – A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane.

​1 OF 3. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (R) carries one of her children as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli (C), Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, and his wife Agnese (L in More…
CREDIT: REUTERS/REMO CASILLI

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.

"The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance," the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs says Meriam Ibrahim has been flown to Rome along with her family after spending over a month in the US Embassy in Khartoum (GretaWire)

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` Italian Navy Rescue Two-Boats Packed with More than 500 Migrants off Coast of Sicily ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – May 20 – Italy’s navy on Tuesday rescued two boats packed with more than 500 migrants, including 133 minors, AFP said.

There were also 64 women in the group, according to the navy.

A navy helicopter spotted the boats south of Sicily on Monday.

The rescue, carried out on Tuesday with the help of nearby merchant vessels, was delayed by poor weather conditions.

Almost all of the new arrivals are on boats leaving northern Libya, which is becoming increasingly lawless.

Many are originally from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria.

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#AceWorldNews ROME May 15 While playing the ‘influx…

#AceWorldNews – ROME – May 15 – While playing the ‘influx of immigrants’ card is nothing new to Italian electoral campaigns, this is the first time that candidates are demanding EU institutions, rather than simply national government, to declare war on illegal immigration.

http://euobserver.com/opinion/124117

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` Vatican Attempts to Subvert Justice for the Abused Children by Minimising Culpability to Vatican City ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – Vatican – May 05 – The Vatican attempted to minimize its culpability over the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal as a UN committee on torture grilled the institution over it alleged “climate of impunity” which has prevailed for decades.

In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture was unrelenting in its questioning of the Vatican delegation, asking about past policy decisions, the juridical distinction between the Holy See and Vatican City, and information on specific cases, Reuters reports.

The Vatican, which is set to issue a formal answer on Tuesday, said the church has been cleaning house for the past decade and was determined to protect children further with a series of measures, which they say has led to a decline in cases of sexual abuse by priests.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s UN ambassador in Geneva, maintained that the treaty only applied to the Vatican City, which covers an area of less than half a square kilometre and numbers fewer than 1,000. Tomasi said that although the Holy See can be viewed as a moral force, the “agent of justice” for crimes perpetuated against Catholics were the authorities in the states where those offences occurred.

“It should be stressed, particularly in light of much confusion, that the Holy See has no jurisdiction,” he said in opening remarks.

“The Holy See intends to focus exclusively on the Vatican City state,” he told the committee. “State authorities are obligated to protect and when necessary to prosecute persons under their jurisdiction.”

But committee member, Felice Gaer, asked if the Vatican was in fact being proactive in cleaning house internally, why had the institution’s first report to the committee been filed 9 years late. Gaer, an American human rights expert, further took issue with the church’s “alleged distinction” between the Vatican City and the Holy See, which can roughly be viewed as the central government of the Catholic Church.

The differentiation, she said, “would create important gaps in the coverage” of the treaty and is a “troubling” bit of legalese, AP reports.

“We call for all parties to adhere to the strict meaning of the convention,” Gaer told the Vatican delegation led by Tomasi.

The Vatican delegation’s appearance in Geneva marks the first time that the committee charged with enforcing the UN Convention Against Torture, which the Vatican ratified in 2002, has hauled the Holy See before its members.

REUTERS – RT – GUARDIAN – AP

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Fan And Policeman ‘Shot’ Before Football Italian Cup Final

At least one fan and one police officer have reportedly been shot ahead of the Italian Cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome. The football supporter was believed to have been hit in the chest and was in a serious condition, while the police officer was shot in the hand. The shootings reportedly happened in an area where fans were gathering for the match at the Olympic Stadium. There were also reports of serious crowd trouble in the Tor di Quinto area close to the venue.

Video in Italian, but shows the scenes

At least three Napoli supporters were reportedly injured in clashes, as rival supporters threw firecrackers and other objects at each other. Fans of Roma, one of the capital’s clubs, were also reportedly seen throwing bottles and stones. Inside the stadium, Napoli captain Marek Hamsik was seen going over to talk with the fans and calm them down before kick-off, which was delayed by 45 minutes.

Napoli overcame the dramatic scenes to claim their second Italian Cup trophy in three years with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina. There was more chaos at the final whistle when Napoli fans invaded the pitch to celebrate, although they were quickly brought under control. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Senate President Piero Grasso were present at the game. Mr Grasso, who presented the trophy to Napoli at the end of the match, described those responsible as “delinquents, not supporters”. “A game of football cannot be turned into a war between rival gangs,” he said.

The atmosphere and game, like hell

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` UN Committee against Torture Who Calls Nations to Defend their Human Rights Records Calls Vatican to Account ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.

The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.

It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.

Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.

“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.

At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.

While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.

Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.

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` Pope Francis Meets Robert Mugabe During Sainthood Ceremony in Rome ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 27 – Pope Francis met Robert Mugabe on Sunday during a ceremony in Rome to make saints of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

The ageing Zimbabwean president, who was with his wife Grace, was among a number of heads of state to attend the ceremony.

He is barred from entering the European Union because of alleged human rights abuses and vote rigging at home, but the ban does not apply to Vatican City, which is not a member of the EU.

President Mugabe, who describes himself as a committed Catholic, also attended Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass last year, following his election by cardinals in the secret conclave held in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

He also came to Rome for Pope John Paul’s funeral in 2005 and for his beatification in 2011.

Last year, the EU suspended sanctions against 81 officials and eight firms in Zimbabwe, following what it described as a “peaceful” referendum on a new constitution.

However, sanctions remain in place against Mr Mugabe himself, partly at Britain’s insistence.

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` Pope Francis Delivers Passionate Plea for Peace in his First Easter Sunday Message ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 20 – Pope Francis has delivered a passionate plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message since being elected.

Francis used his “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and across the globe.


“Urbi et Orbi

He singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution is found?”

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and pilgrims have attended church across the world.

In Iraq, Catholics flocked to churches amid tight security. Some 200 worshippers celebrated Mass at St Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad

In South Africa, many congregations included ailing former President Nelson Mandela in their prayers
In a message for Easter.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the “incredible role” played by Christian churches and organisations in Britain and around the globe.

Vatican – BBC – News Services Worldwide

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Thousands March in ` Rome ‘ Against ` Austerity ‘ as ` Police and Protesters Clash ‘ in Pitched Battles ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 13 – At least 80 people – both police and protesters – have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray.

Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures.

Blasts and sirens could be heard as a splinter group of masked protesters launched firecrackers, eggs and rocks at police, who defended themselves with shields.

One protester had his hand blown off by a firecracker he was yet to throw.

At least six people were arrested, police said.

RT reported – The march started at roughly 14:00 from Porta Pia, with the crowd stating they were protesting in favor of affordable housing and plans for new labour regulations which would make firing and hiring easier.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is in the process of making mass economic reforms.

Youth unemployment has risen to well over 40 percent.

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` Pope Francis `Denounces Human Trafficking ‘ as `Crime against Humanity ‘ making Slavery as a Priority ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 10 – Pope Francis has denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity after meeting with four women who were forced into prostitution.

Francis attended a Vatican conference Thursday of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, who pledged greater cooperation to encourage victims of trafficking and slavery to come forward (AP)

Francis told the conference that trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” He met privately with four freed sex slaves from his native Argentina, Chile, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Francis has made combating human trafficking and slavery a priority of his papacy.

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` Pope Francis speaks about the `Assassination ‘ of Dutch Jesuit Priest ` Frans van der Lugt ‘ in Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME/SYRIA – April 09 – Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of the Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

“May the weapons fall silent! No more war, no more destruction,” Pope Francis said, SANA reported.

“He was loved and valued by both Christians and Muslims,” the Pope told some 45,000 faithful assembled on the famous Vatican piazza.

“It filled me with profound pain and made me think of all the people who suffer and die in the martyred country,” he said.

A terrorist group on Monday shot dead the priest Frans van der Lugt in his monastery in Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood in Homs city.

Incident Details: BY CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:46 PM – A Dutch priest was beaten and shot to death in the garden of his monastery in the embattled Syrian city of Homs on Monday, after refusing to seek refuge in a safer place.

Rev. Frans Van Der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit priest, was dragged outside his home and shot twice in the head by a single masked gunman.

Rev. Ziad Hillal, one of the 24 Christians who lived in the monastery, said that the violence was a “premeditated act” that specifically targeted the beloved, elderly priest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-jesuit-priest-shot-dead-syria-refusing-flee-besieged-city-article-1.1749611

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` Barack Obama to meet Pope Francis for the first time for ` Shared Agenda Talks ‘ to Fight Inequality ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – March 27 – Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.

The talks between the first Latin American pope and the first African-American US president will focus on tackling the gap between rich and poor, but could spill over into thornier issues such as abortion, contraception and gay rights.

“The Holy Father has been an inspiration to people around the world, including me,” Obama said in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published on Thursday.

“It does not mean we agree on every issue,” he added.

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` Vatican has accepted Resignation of a German Roman Catholic Prelate known as the `Bishop of Bling ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – March 26 – The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the ‘bishop of bling’, Reuters said.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who reportedly spent 31 million euro of Church funds on his residence, was ordered to leave his diocese last October and offered his resignation at the time.

The investigation was completed, and an apostolic administrator, Mons. Manfred Grothe was appointed to run the diocese for the time being. Tebartz-van Elst will be offered another position.

Pope Francis has asked the faithful of the diocese of Limburg to accept the decision “with docility” and to work to restore a “climate of charity and reconciliation,” according to the statement.

Italian Press and Reuters

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` Crimean’s are not the only ones that want `Independence of State ‘ as `Veneto ‘ vie’s to break from Rome ‘

#AceWorldNews As Crimeans make their way to the polls this Sunday, another region further in the heart of Europe is also deciding its fate in a referendum: the Italian region of Veneto, which is voting on whether to break with Rome.

The independence movement insists the industrial northern region’s wealth is being drain by Rome’s mismanagement of the financial crisis.

Following in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia, Venice – the capital of the Italian region of Veneto – will be holding a referendum to form an independent republic.

About 3.8 million people in the region are eligible to vote in the referendum, which runs through Friday.

Leaders of the independence movement say they are not going to wait for Rome’s approval, and if the population votes in favour they will begin the separation process.

The latest polls carried out by the independence movement show that over 60 percent of the population is in favour of becoming independent.

“If there is a majority yes vote, we have scholars drawing up a declaration of independence and there are businesses in the region who say they will begin paying taxes to local authorities instead of to Rome,” Lodovico Pizzati, the spokesman for the independence movement, told the Telegraph newspaper.

Telegraph – RT – News Sources – Inter-Roma

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