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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. ------

Discarded food could feed the world, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 20 (EFE).- "With the food that is thrown away we could feed all the people in the world who suffer from hunger," Pope Francis says in a video released this week. The pope's message was filmed Dec. 5 during his meeting with leaders of Argentina's Excluded Workers Movement, which released the clip at a gathering of people who eke out a living recycling trash in the South American nation, Vatican Radio said.

San Lorenzo gives top fan Pope Francis their trophy

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - San Lorenzo visited Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave their number one fan their Argentine league trophy and one of the gloves goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico was wearing in the decisive match last Sunday. "He told us of the happiness our victory brought him," said club vice president Marcelo Tinelli. San Lorenzo, who Francis cheered on for decades when he was in his homeland, won the Inicial, the first of two championships in the 2013/14 season.

Pope invites homeless for birthday breakfast

Pope Francis invited four homeless people to mass and breakfast on his 77th birthday Tuesday, said Vatican radio, which played tango tunes by the Argentinian's favourite singer Carlos Gardel in his honour. The pope hosted the breakfast at St Martha's Residence, the Vatican hotel where he has stayed since his election in March, spurning the more grandiose Apostolic Palace where leaders of the Catholic Church usually live. The four homeless people were among the dozens who spend every night camped out around St Peter's Square.

Argentine diocese apologizes for pedophile priest

An Argentine diocese apologized for abuse committed by a pedophile priest on Friday and, in a first for the country's Catholic church, announced compensation for his victims. Father Jose Mercau, who is serving a 14-year sentence, was pastor of the St. John the Baptist church in San Isidro diocese on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and ran a home for destitute children. "The diocese of San Isidro, and in particular the bishop and his priests, publicly apologize to the young people who were affected by Father Jose Mercau's actions," the Catholic news agency AICA said.

Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins

Argentina moved a step closer Thursday to issuing commemorative coins to honor its native son after its lower chamber of Congress backed the move, Pope Francis. "We believe that the personality, charisma and humility of Pope Francis have helped revive goodwill toward the Roman Catholic Church worldwide," reads the bill passed by the House of Deputies. It now will go before the Senate in Argentina, which has been swept by papal fever since the pontiff was selected in March.

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 meets priest tortured by Argentine junta

Pope Francis on Saturday met with Father Franz Jalics, a priest whose kidnap and torture by Argentina's brutal military dictatorship led to accusations that the future pope failed to help. The Vatican has firmly denied these claims and there have since been many reports of the "quiet diplomacy" used by the then head of the Jesuit order in Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. There was no official word on the content of the talks between Francis and Jalics, who was born in Hungary and now lives in a German monastery.

Pope phones Argentine woman who wrote to him about rape

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has phoned an Argentine woman to comfort her and tell her she is not alone after she wrote a letter to him saying she was raped by a policeman. Francis has brought an informal, friendly style to the papacy since his election in March, including a habit of telephoning people who write to him with personal stories that catch his attention.
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