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Pope renews call for Jerusalem status quo

Vatican City - Pope Francis has again stressed the importance of preserving the status quo in Jerusalem and urged fresh talks between Israel and Palestinians on a two-state solution, the Vatican said Thursday.

Do not fear the other, pope says on World Migrant Day

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Sunday for hospitality towards migrants, calling it a "sin" to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees."It is not easy...

Pope Francis and Latin American winds of change

Vatican City - A squall of fresh air with a distinct Latin American feel tore through the Vatican on the election of Pope Francis, a passionate Argentine whose defence of the downtrodden has stirred hearts across the world.

Chinese bishop freed after seven months in captivity

Vatican City - A Chinese bishop who was removed from his diocese and held by authorities in detention for seven months has been freed, the Vatican said Friday.

Pope to champion indigenous people on Chile, Peru trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis is expected to defend persecuted indigenous people during a trip to Chile and Peru next week that also aims to boost a flagging local Catholic church hit by child sex scandals.

Vatican takes over scandal-hit Catholic group in Peru

Vatican City - The Vatican has taken control of a Catholic movement in Peru whose founder is accused of sexual abuse, just days before the pontiff visits the country.

Pope set to deliver Christmas address after pleading for migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis was Monday to give his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address, after urging the world's 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore the plight of migrants "driven from their land" because of leaders willing to shed "innocent blood".

Callista Gingrich takes over as US ambassador to Vatican

Vatican City - Callista Gingrich, wife of the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, on Friday began her duties as the new US ambassador to the Vatican.

Pope ignores abuse scandal in condolences for US cardinal

Vatican City - Pope Francis paid his respects to the late US Cardinal Bernard Law on Wednesday, without mentioning the sex abuse scandal that forced the once-influential church figure to resign, an omission bound to rile victim associations.

Disgraced US Cardinal Bernard Law dies aged 86: Vatican

Vatican City - US Cardinal Bernard Law, a once-senior church figure forced to resign after revelations he failed to stop paedophile priests in one of the biggest crises in American Catholicism, has died, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Pope to pay homage to venerated Italian saint

Vatican City - Pope Francis will pay homage to the beloved Italian saint Padre Pio in March, visiting the sites connected to a man reputed by believers to have been able to levitate.

Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador

Vatican City - The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary.

Saintly bones, blood not for sale, Vatican warns

Vatican City - Those looking for gifts for Catholic loved ones this Christmas should steer clear of websites and shops peddling saintly remains, with the Vatican reminding sellers Saturday that hawking relics is forbidden.

Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pope renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over Jerusalem

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has sparked protests and clashes.

Pope urges help for poor, unwanted as Vatican lights Xmas tree

Vatican City - Pope Francis Thursday called for charity towards the poor and unwanted, as he inaugurated this year's Christmas tree, erected in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square.

Pope Francis defends Jerusalem 'status quo'

Vatican City - Pope Francis Wednesday defended the "status quo" of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.

Pope says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Vatican bank's deputy axed in papal reform mystery

Vatican City - The deputy director of the Vatican bank has been sacked, throwing yet another question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts for the Holy See's finances.

Pope heads into Rohingya diplomatic minefield

Vatican City - Pope Francis plunges into a diplomatic minefield next week with visits to under-fire Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh amid mounting outrage over the plight of persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
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