Faith and Justice: The Vatican's report on the sisters and its role in repairing relations between the U.S. and Cuba overshadowed a third diplomatic milestone.
Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by giving hundreds of sleeping bags to the homeless in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday.
Just one month after announcing plans to build showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square, the pope called for 400 sleeping bags with the papal ensign to be distributed to people living on the streets.
Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.
Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. He is expected to meet the head of Italy's National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago, and other officials at the Vatican on Friday after a Mass to commemorate the committee's 100th anniversary.
Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said he believed Francis would back plans to hold events such as archery in the Vatican gardens.
Peter Saunders, an English survivor of clerical abuse, had called on Pope Francis in July to hand over information about abusive priests to state authorities.
There is no evidence that Francis said "Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," as has been widely reported, nor was there was a boy mourning his dead dog.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Kerry discussed "the desire for a favorable attention of the Holy See in search of adequate humanitarian solutions to the current detainees."
"Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses."
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The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he would not meet Pope Francis while in Rome for a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners.
"The Vatican administration says it is not possible because it could cause problems," the Dalai Lama said, hinting that the Vatican may be unwilling to irk China, a country with which it wants to engage and perhaps re-establish diplomatic relations.
But the Vatican's chief spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, declined to say whether the pope had personally turned down a request for a meeting with the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists.
The pope did not say which prelates would be named cardinals, but the names are expected to be made public in mid-January.