Pope Francis holds a crucifix as he lead the Easter vigil mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican

Pope Francis Ushers in Era of Vatican Austerity

The pontificate of Pope Francis with his emphasis on poverty has resulted in a new tone of austerity in Vatican circles, with clerics avoiding any show of ostentation in favor of a new sobriety in dress, transportation and manners. Francis

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Three Strikes: Cardinals Admit Hacking Astros as Far Back as 2012

It looks like three strikes and you’re out for the St. Louis Cardinals. The franchise admitted that a third, earlier hack of Houston Astros proprietary information in 2012 preceded the 2013 and 2014 hacks already known to the public.

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Pope Francis Tells New Cardinals to Avoid Pride and Self-Interest

In his homily Saturday for the installation of the 20 new cardinals he has named, Pope Francis gave the prelates their marching orders, telling them to be magnanimous and respectful, and to avoid a series of vices including jealousy, pride and vanity.

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Papal Commission Briefs Cardinals on Proposed Vatican Downsizing

Pope Francis’ reform of the Vatican departments, one of the priorities of his pontificate, seems to be nearing completion. The 165 Cardinals in Rome for meetings with Francis were briefed Thursday on a proposal to shrink the Vatican Curia, merging several existing departments into just two.