Pope Francis celebrated the first mass of his papacy, a day after the Argentinian Cardinal was elected successor to Benedict. Francis, who is presenting himself as a modest man, called on Catholics to return to the gospels and shun worldliness.
Wim Wenders is deeply impressed by the Pope. With his documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of his Word, which now hits German theaters, he wants to show that the Catholic Church leader can change the world.
After a two-day conference at the Vatican, the pope has called on oil executives to help the world convert to clean energy. He said the world needed an energy mix that combated pollution and eliminated poverty.
German bishops wanted to ease restrictions on allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Catholic Communion. But many conservative bishops denounced the move as a threat to the purity of Catholic identity.
A Catholic diplomat was recalled from the Washington embassy despite US requests to charge him in the country. He allegedly possessed and exchanged "a large quantity" of child pornography.
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