Diamond Jubilee 2012

  • Cardinal George Pell attends a press conference at the Vatican Radio headquarters, in Rome, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability. Cardinal George Pell outlined the Vatican's financial reform during a conference Tuesday to launch a book on better managing church assets, a priority for Pope Francis after years of financial scandal and mismanagement at the Holy See. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
    Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal …

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican finance minister said Tuesday he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee Year, saying the plans will be subject to … More »Vatican hopes to avoid financial scandal …

    Cardinal George Pell attends a press conference at the Vatican Radio headquarters, in Rome, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability. Cardinal George Pell outlined the Vatican's financial reform during a conference Tuesday to launch a book on better managing church assets, a priority for Pope Francis after years of financial scandal and mismanagement at the Holy See. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican finance minister said Tuesday he hopes to avoid financial scandal with the upcoming Jubilee Year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.

  • AP10ThingsToSee - Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
    Francis predicts his papacy to be 4-5 …

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long — and by calling a … More »Francis predicts his papacy to be 4-5 …

    AP10ThingsToSee - Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long — and by calling a special Jubilee Year to focus the church on his top priority while he's still around: mercy.

  • Pope Francis leads a penitential ceremony on March 13, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in the Vatican
    Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform …

    Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming … More »Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform …

    Pope Francis leads a penitential ceremony on March 13, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in the Vatican

    Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

  • Pope Francis' arrives to lead penitential celebration in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
    Pope announces special Catholic Church …

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important … More »Pope announces special Catholic Church …

    Pope Francis' arrives to lead penitential celebration in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world. During the last Holy Year - or Jubilee - in 2000, millions …

  • Ruling coalition in Kenya moves to create …

    Kenya's ruling coalition, which includes former, bitter ethnic and political rivals, on Saturday moved closer to merging into a single Jubilee Alliance Party ahead of … More »Ruling coalition in Kenya moves to create …

    Kenya's ruling coalition, which includes former, bitter ethnic and political rivals, on Saturday moved closer to merging into a single Jubilee Alliance Party ahead of elections due in 2017. Following a two-day parliamentary retreat that was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the coalition said in a statement it would …

  • Italy targets trio of major international …

    By Jacopo Lo Monaco ROME (Reuters) - Italy has set its sights on hosting three major international events -- golf's Ryder Cup in 2022, the rugby World Cup in 2023 … More »Italy targets trio of major international …

    By Jacopo Lo Monaco ROME (Reuters) - Italy has set its sights on hosting three major international events -- golf's Ryder Cup in 2022, the rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024. The Italians on Thursday announced they were lining up a bid for the rugby World Cup backed by Italian prime minister Matteo …

  • Sport-Italy targets trio of major international …

    By Jacopo Lo Monaco ROME, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Italy has set its sights on hosting three major international events -- golf's Ryder Cup in 2022, the rugby World Cup … More »Sport-Italy targets trio of major international …

    By Jacopo Lo Monaco ROME, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Italy has set its sights on hosting three major international events -- golf's Ryder Cup in 2022, the rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024. The Italians on Thursday announced they were lining up a bid for the rugby World Cup backed by Italian prime minister …