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Founded in 1861 and published daily in Italian, L'Osservatore Romano (The Roman Observer) is considered the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican. Weekly editions are available in eight other languages.

Vatican Newspaper On Rouhani Meeting With Pope Francis

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L'Osservatore Romano, Jan. 27, 2016

The meeting of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with Pope Francis was featured on Wednesday's Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, with the front-page headline: "A Political Solution For The Middle East."

At the 40-minute meeting at the Vatican, the first visit between a pope and Iranian president since 1999, Francis and Rouhani discussed the fight against terrorism, interreligious dialogue and arms trafficking.

According to Radio Vaticana, Rouhani gave the pope a hand-made rug from the Iranian holy city of Qom and a book with miniatures. The pope then gave the Iranian leader a medal depicting St. Martin cutting his cloak in two to give one half to a poor man; he also gave Rouhani a copy of his latest encyclical Laudato Si.

At the end of his visit to the Holy See, Rouhani asked the pontiff: "Pray for me."

The Iranian leader is on a four-day visit to Italy and France, which is mostly focused on reestablishing economic ties between Iran and Europe as Western sanctions come to an end.


Extra! Vatican Newspaper Details Divorce And Remarriage Changes

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Osservatore Romano, Sept. 9, 2015

In yet another step to loosen long-held practices inside the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has eased the process for how divorced Catholics can remarry and stay inside the Church.

Two papal edicts, known as motu proprios, were published Tuesday that open the way to make the process of marriage "annulment" simpler and faster. "Pope Francis Reforms The Canonical Process For Annulments" is Wednesday's front-page headline from the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano.

Since Catholicism doesn't recognize divorce, Catholics wishing to remarry within the Church, must seek an "annulment" of their prior nuptials. This is typically a long and complicated process in front of a tribunal to prove that the original marriage did not meet Church requirements.

"With these new motu proprios, Pope Francis is not only reforming but in a sense re-establishing the canonical process for annulments," Osservatore Romano writes. "The new norms must be examined in the light of the historical evolution of the procedure for annulments, especially regarding what was determined by Benedict XIV, who in 1741 established the process of the two conforming decisions in response to the abuses in said procedure committed by bishops and tribunals." A historic decision indeed; read here for further analysis from the Boston-based Catholic affairs website Crux.