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Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

2014-12-18 18:30

Pope Francis has marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials say.

Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

2014-12-17 16:24

Hundreds of couples have performed a tango on St Peter's square in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.

Pope: Try joy ahead of Christmas

2014-12-14 22:13

Pope Francis is encouraging people to be joyful, saying, "We've never heard of a sad saint."

Nobel winners praise De Lille for Dalai Lama stand

2014-12-11 22:27

Nobel peace prize winners have showered praise on Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille for contesting President Jacob Zuma's refusal to grant the Dalai Lama an entry visa to South Africa.

Man's greed will destroy the world: Pope

2014-11-20 14:20

Pope Francis has warned that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry, or risk a doomsday scenario.

Pope: Euthanasia a 'sin against God'

2014-11-15 18:22

Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.

Catholic bishops open toward gays

2014-10-14 10:01

Catholic bishops have made a 'seismic' opening toward gays, saying they offer gifts to the church.

Snowden, Pope Francis tipped for Nobel prize

2014-10-08 16:15

The race for the Nobel peace prize has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

Speak out on family issues, pope urges bishops

2014-10-06 13:49

Pope Francis has urged bishops to speak their minds about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce.

Pope braces for marriage clash as world bishops meet

2014-10-03 11:22

Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting on the contentious issue of traditional marriage.

Vatican to donate €100 000 to Auschwitz upkeep

2014-09-29 19:59

The Vatican has pledged €100 000 towards preserving the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in southern Poland, the site's museum says.

Hostility to migrants is unchristian - Pope

2014-09-23 17:28

People who resent or act aggressively towards migrants defy the teachings of the Bible, Pope Francis says.

Pope's skull cap raises over €100 000 on eBay

2014-09-19 12:56

An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over €100 000 in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay.

Thousands mourn Italian nuns killed in Burundi

2014-09-10 18:21

Thousands of mourners in Burundi have celebrated the lives of three Italian nuns who were brutally murdered before their bodies were taken to the DRC for burial.

Pope Francis mourns nuns murdered in Burundi

2014-09-08 20:34

Pope Francis has led the Catholic Church's mourning of three elderly Italian nuns, killed in Burundi following two separate attacks on the convent where they were serving as missionaries.<

Car crash kills family of Pope Francis

2014-08-19 16:40

A road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew.

Pope urges Koreas to unite

2014-08-18 10:32

Pope Francis has wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to unite as "as one family, one people".

Pope to baptise father of South Korea ferry victim

2014-08-15 10:30

Pope Francis has agreed to baptise the father of one the many students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster as he met with victims' relatives before a mass in the city of Daejeon.

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

Angry South Korea ferry families won't budge for Pope

2014-08-05 13:19

Relatives of victims of South Korea's ferry disaster vowed to "fight back" if any attempt is made to clear them from a plaza in Seoul where Pope Francis will hold a mass next week.

Sudan 'apostate' meets Pope

2014-07-25 09:03

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, has met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the US.

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

2014-07-16 09:22

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Pope urges - suffer the little children

2014-07-14 20:58

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America to the United States.

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy

2014-07-13 12:09

Pope Francis has promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction on married priests.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

2014-07-07 12:32

Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan.

 

Pope weighs in on US-Cuba talks, hails move

2014-12-18 10:25

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for the breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as 'historic' in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Tutu urges pope to meet Dalai Lama

2014-12-15 21:45

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has appealed to Pope Francis to reconsider meeting the Dalai Lama.

Pope Francis didn't make pets in heaven comment

2014-12-13 22:18
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It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis said there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. Except he didn't.

Pope condemns ISIS violence

2014-11-27 20:17

On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists.

Pope calls for courageous decisions after synagogue slaying

2014-11-19 14:17
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Pope Francis has slammed the deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and urged Israeli and Palestinians to take the “courageous decision” needed to achieve reconciliation.

Pope: Calls for protection of Christians in Middle East

2014-10-20 19:27

Appealing for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis says it is 'unimaginable' that they could be driven out of the region after 2 000 years.

Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

2014-10-10 12:36

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church, encouraged by Pope Francis' 'Who am I to judge?' position.

Pope, prelates get course in joys of sex

2014-10-07 20:42

Pope and prelates have had a crash course in the joys of sex from people who know: a married Catholic couple.

Pope accepts resignation of 'unfaithful' UK bishop

2014-10-04 20:02

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who admitted last week that he had been "unfaithful" to his vows as a priest.

Guardian angels exist, pope says

2014-10-02 19:38

Pope Francis says guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.

Pope sacks bishop accused of protecting abuser

2014-09-26 07:13

Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the US, the Vatican says.

Pope: Don’t use religion for violence

2014-09-21 11:45

Pope Francis denounced how religion has been "perverted" to justify violence as he arrived in Albania to highlight a Balkan nation that endured brutal religious oppression but where Christians and Muslims now live and work together.

War is madness, says Pope Francis

2014-09-13 11:32

Pope Francis has urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning "war is madness".

Burundi cops arrest killer of nuns

2014-09-09 21:44

Police in Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian nuns murdered in twin attacks in their convent.

Pope Francis calls Foley family

2014-08-22 11:36

Pope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said.

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities

2014-08-18 21:27

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities, but says the international community should decide how to intervene.

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

2014-08-16 09:37

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for one of the highlights of Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

North Korea fires 3 rockets as pope visits South

2014-08-14 05:50

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea's Ministry of Defence says, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

Vatican approves of Iraq strikes, a rare exception

2014-08-13 11:37
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Fearing a genocide of Christians, the Vatican has given its approval to US military air strikes in Iraq - a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

2014-07-18 12:49

Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using an amateur Smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend.

Australia priest abuse rate 'double pope's estimate'

2014-07-15 13:28

An Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy says it believes the number of paedophile priests is historically twice the pope's estimate.

Pope: About 2% of priests are paedophiles

2014-07-13 19:20

About two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper has quoted Pope Francis as saying.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 13:32

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution ordered by Pope Francis.

Pope to hold first meeting with sex abuse victims

2014-07-07 07:40

Pope Francis is conducting his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago.

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