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Mass points to Pope’s new priorities

By Robert Pigott From the moment he walked out onto the balcony on St Peter’s Basilica and stood calmly surveying the crowd, Pope Francis’ body language has suggested a change of style. Tuesday’s shorter, simpler, inaugural Mass reinforced the impression of a Pope of humility and simplicity. Pope Francis’ homily – direct and comprehensible – suggested that those qualities would shape his pontificate too.  He acknowledged that his election as Pope placed him in a position of power.  But he said for that power to be valid, or “authentic”, it must be exercised in self-sacrificing service to others. That service, he told the thousands of clergy among the throng in … Continue reading

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Security and privacy await Pope Benedict XVI after he retires

Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.  “His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenceless. He wouldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,” said one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It is absolutely necessary” that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a “dignified existence” in his remaining years. Vatican sources said officials had … Continue reading

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