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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 India
September 28, 2017 9:32 am gmt |
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An Indian priest, who was rescued from Yemen earlier this month, arrived in national capital New Delhi on Thursday (September 28). Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 when four unidentified gunmen attacked a care home in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, killing four Indian nuns,...
In Football
September 23, 2017 7:00 am gmt |
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Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the Vatican on Friday (September 22) gave Pope Francis a Peruvian national soccer team jersey ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier against the Pope’s home-team Argentina. According to reports, the pontiff warmly received the gift from Kuczynski. However...
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...
In Europe
December 21, 2016 7:38 am gmt |
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Italy on Tuesday (December 20) decided to tighten security in places seen as at risk from possible attacks following the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and injured 48. Italy’s Anti-Terrorism Strategic Analysis Committee met with the Interior Minister earlier in ...
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...
In World
July 29, 2016 12:26 pm gmt |
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Australian police are investigating child abuse allegations levelled against cardinal Vatican treasurer George Pell, ABC reported on Wednesday (27 July). Two men – now in their 40s – have alleged that Pell had touched them inappropriately in 1978-79. According to ABC, Pell was accused of sexually abu...
In Europe
June 3, 2016 11:53 am gmt |
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Pope Francis on Friday (June 3) morning concluded a Jubilee for Priests gathering with a solemn Mass in the Vatican. St. Peter’s Square was brimming with priests and seminarians from around the world who were cloaked and robed for the event. The priests and seminarians have taken part in a thre...
In Europe
May 12, 2016 10:05 am gmt |
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (May 6) arrived at the Vatican to attend a prize giving ceremony at which Pope Francis will be presented with the 2016 Charlemagne Prize. Francis receives the prize in recognition of his efforts to promote global peace, cross-cultural understanding and Europe...
In World
April 16, 2016 11:17 am gmt |
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, addressing a Vatican conference on social justice, on Friday (April 15) decried the “immoral” gap between the world’s rich and poor, saying it was worse than a century ago. The 76-year-old socialist senator from Vermont has focu...
In Europe
April 8, 2016 6:39 am gmt |
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Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday (April 7), in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis. Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said the details of...
In Europe
March 15, 2016 10:10 am gmt |
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Hearings in a trial over the theft of confidential papal documents resumed in the Vatican on Monday (March 14) afternoon. The trial, which began on November 24 last year, stems from the publication of two books in which the Holy See was portrayed as mired in mismanagement and corruption and which dep...
In Europe
February 12, 2016 10:24 am gmt |
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Pope Francis left Rome early on Friday (Feb 12) to travel to Cuba, where he will hold a landmark meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The meeting between the pope and Kirill is a step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. The two ...
In Europe
February 7, 2016 9:41 am gmt |
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A vocal critic of the Catholic church’s handling of clerical sex abuse has been dismissed from a Vatican commission examining the issue in a move that will fuel accusations that Pope Francis has done little to tackle paedophilia within the clergy. Peter Saunders, a Briton who was abused by two priest...
In World
December 25, 2015 5:47 am gmt |
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Pope Francis led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Thursday (December 24), urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superficial appearances to return to the essential values of life. Celebrating a Christmas eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis...
In World
December 8, 2015 12:06 pm gmt |
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Tens of thousands of faithful backed up for blocks at the Vatican on Tuesday (December 8), undergoing the strictest security checks in living memory as Pope Francis began the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Year. Francis officially started the year-long religious event, also known as Jubilee, by o...
In Africa
November 27, 2015 7:08 am gmt |
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Central African Republic Christians and Muslims hope that Pope Francis’ visit will open the road to peace in the conflict ridden nation. Pope Francis will land on Sunday (November 30) in Central African Republic, a nation embroiled for nearly three years in an inter-religious conflict of shocki...
In Europe
October 21, 2015 11:19 am gmt |
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The Vatican has rejected as “seriously irresponsible” an Italian media report that says Pope Francis has a small but curable tumour on his brain.  The Quotidiano newspaper said the Pope had travelled by helicopter to Tuscany to see a world-renowned Japanese brain surgeon. The Pope was dia...
In Latest Stories
September 24, 2015 7:03 am gmt |
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The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday morning  the Holy See mission to the United Nations said on Monday. Eight countries including Israel, the United States, Canada and Australia voted against the flag-raising measure, dismissing it as a symbolic gesture ...