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Pope Francis on Sunday (December 3) said he was praying for a peaceful solution to the electoral crisis in Honduras. A contested presidential election in the poor Central American country has triggered looting and protests. At least three people have died and hundreds have been arrested. Conducting h...
In World
December 3, 2017 4:18 am gmt |
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Pope Francis on Saturday (December 2) urged world leaders to turn back from the brink of possible human annihilation, saying the policy of stockpiling ever more sophisticated nuclear weapons had become “irrational”. The pope made his comments to reporters aboard the plane taking him back ...
In World
December 2, 2017 3:59 am gmt |
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Pope Francis had an emotional meeting with Muslim refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh on Friday (December 1) and used the word Rohingya to describe them for the first time on his Asian trip, calling for them to be respected. The encounter took place at an inter-religious peace meeting on his first fu...
In World
December 1, 2017 12:27 pm gmt |
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Pope Francis celebrated a huge outdoor Mass on Friday (December 1) to ordain new priests from Bangladesh on his first full day in the country where he is due to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar later in the day. More than 100,000 people attended the Mass in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan Pa...
In World
November 30, 2017 7:01 am gmt |
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The Peruvian Catholic Church and the country’s postal service have teamed up to launch commemorative stamps to mark the January visit of Pope Francis to the Andean nation. The Episcopal Conference and Serpost, Peru’s postal service, unveiled the stamps on Wednesday (November 29). A total ...
In World
November 27, 2017 3:43 am gmt |
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Pope Francis departed from Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Sunday (November 26) headed for Myanmar. The trip is a delicate one for the world’s most senior Christian to a majority Buddhist country accused by Washington of the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim Rohingya people. The pontif...
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November 3, 2017 7:49 am gmt |
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Pope Francis on Thursday (November 2) visited Rome’s Ardeatine Caves, the site of a World War II massacre. The pope made the visit as he was returning to the Vatican after saying Mass at a U.S. military cemetery on the day Roman Catholics commemorate their dead. The Ardeatine Caves in the south...
In Srilanka
October 14, 2017 4:16 am gmt |
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Pope Francis met on Friday with members of an organizing committee for the journey that he made to Sri Lanka back in January 2015, Radio Vatican reported. Welcoming the group, the pope said his own visit to Sri Lanka was a moment of “special grace” at  a time when the nation was “striving for reconci...
In Colombia
September 11, 2017 7:19 am gmt |
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Pope Francis, his eye bandaged and blackened after a minor accident in the popemobile, left Colombia on Sunday (September 10) after appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” after a 50-year civil war. His last day in the Andean country got off to a rocky start when he lost...
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June 18, 2017 12:24 pm gmt |
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Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the victims of what is possibly the deadliest-ever single forest blaze in Portugal. The forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 57 people, a government official said on Sunday. The pope, conducting his weekly Angelus prayer at the Va...
In America
May 24, 2017 8:09 am gmt |
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U.S. President Donald Trump arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday (May 24) for talks with one of his most high-profile critics, Pope Francis, after the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year. Trump’s meeting at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, is part of his...
In Europe
November 29, 2016 10:55 am gmt |
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Pope addressed experts, including Prof Stephen Hawking, at a session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Nov 25-29) convened to discuss the impact of scientific knowledge and technology on people and the planet. The Pope told them that humanity does not own God’s gift of creation and has no right ...
In Europe
November 14, 2016 12:50 pm gmt |
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The German national team enjoyed a private audience with Pope Francis on Monday (November 14) one day before a friendly with old rivals Italy. German Soccer Federation President Reinhard Grindel said the meeting was a ‘great honour’ and praised the team for representing diversity. Pope Fr...
In Europe
November 1, 2016 12:59 pm gmt |
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Pope Francis arrived at a Malmo stadium on Tuesday (Nov 1) for a mass attended by Sweden’s tiny Catholic community, made up of mostly refugees and migrants. The main purpose of the pope’s two-day trip was to take part in a joint commemoration with Lutherans of the 500th anniversary of the...
In Europe
October 4, 2016 12:56 pm gmt |
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Pope Francis visited the town of Amatrice in central Italy that was devastated by a major earthquake that struck last month, comforting the survivors and speaking with emergency responders. One elderly woman described as being homeless by the Vatican press office appeared to break down in tears, as t...
In World
September 22, 2016 11:08 am gmt |
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Pope Francis and leaders of other world religions said “No to War!” on Tuesday, vowing to oppose terrorism in God’s name and appealing to politicians to listen to “the anguished cry of so many innocents”. Pope Francis made an appeal for peace at the closing ceremony of the World Day of Prayer for Pea...
In Europe
September 17, 2016 10:26 am gmt |
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Pope Francis has made two more of his impromptu visits to hospitals and social service centres as part of his regular Friday initiatives during this Year of Mercy. The Pope began by making a surprise visit to the Accident and Emergency department and to the Neonatal unit of Rome’s San Giovanni hospit...
In India
September 4, 2016 11:51 am gmt |
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Nuns at the Missionaries of Charity global order celebrated on Sunday (September 04) as Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, 19 years after her death. Thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome applauded as the nun known as the ̶...
In Europe
August 31, 2016 7:30 am gmt |
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Pope Francis met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday (August 29) at the Vatican. Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan shook hands with the smiling pope before sitting down for talks. Zuckerberg, who is renowned for his uniform grey t-shirts, even dressed for the occasion, donni...