Pope Francis Gets a White Rose of His Very Own

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Visitors to the Vatican Gardens and the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo will soon enjoy the fragrance of roses. Two French rose growers have come together to cultivate a new variety of white rose, which they have named "Pope Franciscus" in honor of the pontiff. Croix Dominique and Jacques Ranchon, horticulturists from Bourg-Argenal in the Loire region, developed the new rose. The breeders then sought permission to name the rose in honor of Pope Francis. In March 2014, they sent a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Is Going to Revise Vatican Media–Again?!

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Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee to streamline and modernize the Vatican's many communications structures.Carol Glatz, writing for Catholic News Service, has the story.  She writes:The Vatican announced the official establishment of the new commission and its members April 30. Three of the papal appointees are top-level officials at Vatican communications outlets. The five members of the commission are: — Msgr. Dario Vigano, 52, director of the Vatican Television Center, a … [Read more...]

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Breaking: Vatican, American Sisters Strike a Deal

Some very good news!  The Vatican and the American Sisters have acknowledged their common mission and officially ended the multi-year Mandate for reform of the LCWR.In a joint statement and final report released April 16 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Vatican and the American Sisters announced the completion of the Mandate and announced their common understanding regarding the future of women's religious … [Read more...]

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