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Pope deplores plight of Rohingya children

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday mourned the plight of 200,000 Rohingya children stuck in refugee camps a month before he heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the countries at the heart of an intensifying humanitarian crisis.

Pope names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Vatican City - Pope Francis declared 35 new saints on Sunday, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America.

Ex-Vatican hospital head convicted over cardinal's luxury pad

Vatican City - A Vatican court convicted Saturday the former head of the pope's children's hospital for diverting funds to the costly renovation of a top cardinal's luxury apartment.

Pope wants Catholic opposition to death penalty increased

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Wednesday for categoric opposition to capital punishment to be written into an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching.

Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Vatican City - The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader's status as one of the world's biggest social media players.

'Online sexual violence harming children': Pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday urged the world, including the Catholic Church, to face up to the devastating effects of online sexual violence on young people, including extreme pornography and sexting.

Pope meets French cardinal accused of paedophilia cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Thursday with French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who is awaiting trial over allegations he covered up for a paedophile priest in his diocese.

Pope to wage war on 'fake news'

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to tackle the rise of fake news in a bid to stop trolls and irresponsible media outlets fomenting hate."I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: 'The truth will set you free'.

Pope Francis urges world to open arms to migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged people across the world to open their arms to migrants, as Catholic charity Caritas launched its "Share the Journey" campaign on migration."With open arms ...

Intrigue swirls anew in court of Pope Francis

Vatican City - It is like an episode of "Game of Thrones" without the explicit sex.

Vatican recalls diplomat from US in child porn probe

Vatican City - The Vatican has recalled a priest serving as an envoy in Washington and opened a child pornography investigation after US officials asked the church to lift his diplomatic immunity.

Pope Francis: 5 key causes in Latin America

Vatican City - Pope Francis visits Colombia next week on the latest in a series of emotionally charged trips to his home region of Latin America.

Pope heads to Colombia to anoint peace process

Vatican City - Pope Francis launches an emotionally charged visit next week to Colombia, to call for reconciliation as the country emerges from Latin America's longest civil war in a contested peace process.

Pope slams anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria, CAfrica

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced "shameful" attacks on Christians in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), calling for an end to "all hate and violence".

Vatican urges Venezuela to put new assembly on hold

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday urged Venezuela not to go ahead with installing a powerful new assembly sought by President Nicolas Maduro but challenged by his opponents.

Vatican fraud trial over cardinal's luxury pad kicks off

Vatican City - A trial against two former members of a Vatican foundation charged with embezzling charity money to refurbish the luxury apartment of a cardinal opened Tuesday.

'No complaining': Pope Francis takes on moaners

Vatican City - Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders: the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

Pope Francis adds new pathway to becoming a saint

Vatican City - Christians who lay down their life to save others, "following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus", will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist, Vatican says, but GMOs OK

Vatican City - The unleavened bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Catholic masses can be made with genetically modified organisms, the Vatican said Saturday, but they cannot be entirely gluten-free.

Pope expresses support for British parents of Baby Charlie

Vatican City - Pope Francis expressed his support Sunday for the British parents of a baby with a rare genetic disease, saying he hoped doctors would allow them to "care for their child until the end".
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