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Rockers in the sacristy: Book recounts St. Francis' famous fans

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - What do Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger's daughter, Carlos Santana and Patti Smith have in common? It's not only rock and roll: all of them are fans of a saint who lived 800 years ago. St. Francis of Assisi, known worldwide for his simple spirituality, his closeness to the poor, his love of nature and his preaching of peace, has some unlikely admirers.

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture of humility, Francis said the Church should also "divest" itself and return to spiritual basics. "The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness," a visibly emotional pope said, adding: "Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture of humility, Francis said the Church should also "divest" itself and return to spiritual basics. "The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness," a visibly emotional pope said, adding: "Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture of humility, Francis said the Church should also "divest" itself and return to spiritual basics. "The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness," a visibly emotional pope said, adding: "Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."

Pope says Church should 'divest' like St Francis

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture of humility, Francis said the Church should also "divest" itself and return to spiritual basics. "The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness," a visibly emotional pope said, adding: "Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."

Mexico to celebrate Franciscan founder of Sierra Gorda missions

Jalpan de Serra, Mexico, Apr 19 (EFE).- The Franciscan missions of the Sierra Gorda of Queretaro are preparing to celebrate this year the tricentennial of the birth of their founder, Fray Junipero Serra, who enriched the region with architectural gems fusing Christian and indigenous art. The friar founded the missions in the central state of Queretaro to catechize and pacify the area. Three hundred years later they survive even in this village of Jalpan de Serra, which bears his name and is catalogued as the "magic village" by the Mexican government.

Pope names top Franciscan in first Vatican appointment

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed the leader of the main Franciscan order in his first nomination to the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy, the Holy See said in a statement, ahead of an expected overhaul of the administration. Spain's Jose Rodriguez Carballo, 59, will be number two at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which oversees all Catholic religious orders.

Spain, U.S. propose to tighten links

Madrid, Apr 2 (EFE).- The relationship with the United States is the "central axis of Spanish foreign policy," Spain's foreign minister said here Tuesday during the announcement of events to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Friar Junipero Serra, who founded the first Catholic missions in present-day California. Joining Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo for the ceremony was the U.S. ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont. The foreign minister emphasized the role of Serra, who in addition to preaching the gospel taught the local natives to farm and trade.

South Africa cardinal says paedophilia not a crime

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC paedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that paedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, paedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said.

Pope Francis resisted revenge over 18th century Clement XIV

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, explained on Saturday how he resisted the temptation to get revenge on Pope Clement XIV, who suppressed the priestly order in the 18th century. The Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are officially called, are a legendary religious order known for intellectuals, educators and missionaries who take a special vow of obedience to the pope.
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