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Cardinal Antonetti, Vatican diplomat, finance manager, dies at 90

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Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, who died Wednesday at the age of 90, dedicated many years as a "diligent colleague" at the Holy See, Pope Francis said.

The cardinal had spent more than 35 years at the service of the Vatican as a diplomat and a financial manager, and he'd been the papal delegate for the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy.

The pope said everywhere the cardinal worked "he expressed valued testimony of fervent priestly zeal and fidelity to the Gospel."

Vatican gets behind adult stem cell research

Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research.

That's despite assertions from many in the scientific community that that it's important to pursue all types of stem cell research, including embryonic, to maximize chances of finding cures for diseases.

Meekness sows harmony in church; gossip sows division, pope says

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Christians need to recover the value of meekness, particularly when they are tempted to speak ill of one another or gossip about each other, Pope Francis said Tuesday during his early morning Mass.

Complaining behind each other's backs is a temptation that comes "from the Evil One who does not want the Spirit to dwell among us and give peace, meekness to the Christian community," the pope said.

Vatican's new religious leader asks for prayers, forgiveness

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The Franciscan leader Pope Francis named to be the Vatican's second-in-command for religious life has written to his order, saying the appointment leaves him with "divided feelings" of joy and sadness and that he will miss his confreres' company "at all times."

Additionally, Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo asks his fellow Franciscans for forgiveness for times he may have not fulfilled his role as the successor of 13th-century St. Francis of Assisi.

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