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Quotes of Pope Francis from his first year

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years. Below are some memorable quotes from the pontiff, arranged in chronological order. ------

Pope Francis inducts new cardinals as predecessor Benedict looks on

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged 19 freshman cardinals to shun rivalries and factions at an induction ceremony on Saturday where his scandal-plagued predecessor, pope Benedict, made a surprise appearance. It was the first time Benedict attended a papal rite since his resignation a year ago. His presence offered the remarkable scene of a former pope, a reigning pope and a potentially future pope in St. Peter's Basilica at the same time.

Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe

Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia. The new "princes of the Church" will be presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold rings at a grandiose ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica that Vatican observers say should help correct a perceived bias towards European cardinals. Sixteen of the 19 cardinals are under the age of 80 and can therefore take part in the secretive conclave that elects new popes from among their ranks.

Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe

Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia. The new "princes of the Church" will be presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold rings at a grandiose ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica that Vatican observers say should help correct a perceived bias towards European cardinals. Sixteen of the 19 cardinals are under the age of 80 and can therefore take part in the secretive conclave that elects new popes from among their ranks.

Pope names 19 new cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday named 19 new cardinals, 16 of whom will hold voting rights in the conclave that elects the pontiff. The 16 new cardinals under the age of 80 -- who can vote in the conclave -- include four Italians, two from other European countries, five from South America, one North American, two Africans and two Asians. With the geographical division of his first batch of cardinals, the pope appeared to place a greater emphasis on what he terms the "periphery" of the Roman Catholic Church at the expense of the centre.

NSA spied on the pope, cardinals during last conclave, Italian magazine says

VATICAN CITY — An Italian magazine said on Wednesday that a United States spy agency had eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls, possibly including when former Pope Benedict's successor was under discussion, but the Holy See said it had no knowledge of any such activity. Panorama magazine said that among 46 million phone calls followed by the National Security Agency in Italy from Dec. 10, 2012, to Jan. 8, 2013, were conversations in and out of the Vatican.

US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday. "The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.

Pope statue unveiled in Italian potato field

The first-ever statue of Pope Francis has been unveiled in a potato field near Naples -- an unorthodox homage to the fact that the Argentine pope's ancestors were farmers in northern Italy. The statue will be presented to the pope next month by Italian actor Barbato De Stefano, who comes from the village of Cicciano where it was presented and has financed the project. "The poverty of my village is a treasure for the community in which I was born and grew up," said De Stefano, who praised the pope's own modest demeanour saying he had "pierced people's hearts".

Vatican orders cardinal to leave Scotland over abuse

Disgraced British cardinal Keith O'Brien has been ordered to leave Scotland for a months-long spiritual retreat following abuse allegations against him, the Vatican said on Wednesday. O'Brien, who had already resigned as head of the Church in Scotland "will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance," it said. The Vatican statement said the decision was taken "for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last conclave and in agreement with the Holy Father" -- Pope Francis.

After papal election, Rome holds another conclave

A month after the Argentine pope's surprise election to lead a troubled Catholic Church, Rome hosts another conclave from Thursday -- this time to find an Italian president to end a complex political crisis. Experts in the Vatican are being replaced by a rare breed of Italian journalists who try to decode the complexities of the "Quirinale" -- the palace in Rome where Italian presidents reside and the former home of popes and kings.
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