ARTICLES RELATING TO POPE FRANCIS

Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

2016-11-22 09:19

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the "grave sin" of abortion, extending special permission he had granted in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope names successor to Guam archbishop accused of sex abuse

2016-11-01 07:38

Pope Francis has tapped an American to succeed Guam's archbishop who is accused of sexually molesting altar boys.

Pope canonises Argentina's 'gaucho priest'

2016-10-16 16:40

Pope Francis has canonised Argentina's "gaucho priest", the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung Argentine peripheries to minister to the poor.

Zim cleric 'petitions Pope Francis to excommunicate Mugabe'

2016-10-12 16:11

A Zimbabwean Pastor, Patrick Mugadza, of the #MugabeMustFall campaign has reportedly petitioned Pope Francis, asking him to "ex-communicate President Robert Mugabe" whom he accused of violating human rights.

Selfies and prayers as Pope visits Italy quake zone

2016-10-04 19:44

Pope Francis has paid a surprise visit to the Italian mountain communities devastated by an August earthquake, mixing poignant silent prayers amid the ruins with cheerful selfies alongside survivors.

Pope speeds path to sainthood for slain French priest

2016-10-03 07:23

Pope Francis has agreed to speed up the path to sainthood for French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, murdered by two teenaged jihadists in July, Vatican sources say.

Pope meets DRC's Kabila, but Vatican displeasure evident

2016-09-26 21:00

Pope Francis has met with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, with the Vatican insisting that his government use respectful dialogue to end violent clashes with opposition forces over delayed elections

'No God of war' - Pope Francis

2016-09-20 22:03

Pope Francis has denounced those who wage war in the name of God as he met faith leaders and conflict victims to discuss growing religious fanaticism and escalating violence around the world.

Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint

2016-09-04 11:16

Mother Teresa, the nun whose work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata made her a global icon of Christian charity, has been made a saint.

France's Hollande to meet pope after priest killing

2016-08-15 20:01

French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, his office said, with the two expected to discuss the fallout from the jihadist murder of a French priest.

 

'Phantom' pilgrims fail to bring cash to Vatican

2016-11-18 21:06

The Vatican's Jubilee Year was supposed to draw 20 million Catholics to Rome, where hotels and restaurants were rubbing their hands with glee, but they failed to materialise.

Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

2016-10-25 15:49

The Vatican has published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home, but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place.

Pope opens private summer apartments to tourists

2016-10-15 09:03

Who needs a summer palace? Not Pope Francis, who has renounced the delights of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome and opened his private apartments to tourists, the Vatican says.

Pope begs for immediate ceasefire in Syria

2016-10-12 15:55

Pope Francis appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, calling for "at least" a truce enabling civilians, especially children, to be evacuated, after Aleppo came under fierce air assault.

Pope: Teaching gender theory is indoctrination

2016-10-03 21:38

Pope Francis says that teaching children gender theory in schools was an "insidious indoctrination", even as he insisted he had always treated homosexuals and transgender persons with respect.

Aleppo bombers will have to 'answer before God' - pope

2016-09-28 17:54

Pope Francis has said those behind the bombing of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian forces have conducted days of deadly airstrikes, will have to "answer before God".

Pope urges 'sincere dialogue' as he meets Nice attack victims

2016-09-24 16:44

Pope Francis has called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.

Murder in God's name 'satanic', pope says at mass for slain priest

2016-09-14 14:50

Pope Francis has denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July.

Mother Teresa to be honoured as saint

2016-09-04 08:43

Thousands of pilgrims are thronging to St Peter's Square for the canonisation of Mother Teresa, who became the icon of a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find lost, wounded souls.

Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

2016-08-12 21:46

Pope Francis has surprised 20 former prostitutes by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat.

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