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Pope to boost Muslim ties on security-tight Egypt trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Egypt Friday to bolster relations with Muslims and show solidarity with the largest Christian community in the Middle East following devastating attacks.

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints

Vatican City - Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on May 13, Pope Francis announced Thursday.

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints

Vatican City - Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on May 13, Pope Francis announced Thursday.

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged an end to "horror and death" in Syria and implored God to bring peace to the Middle East as he delivered the traditional Easter Day mass in Rome on Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Benedict's 90th

Vatican City - His 90th birthday may not be for a few days yet, but former pope Benedict XVI got an early present on Thursday: a visit from his Argentine successor, Pope Francis.

Pope washes feet of mafia snitches in Easter ritual

Vatican City - Pope Francis washed the feet of former mafiosi on Thursday in a prison known for housing inmates who have informed on old mobster allies.

Pope opens launderette for the homeless

Vatican City - The "Pope Francis Launderette" opened its doors Monday offering the poor and homeless to wash their clothes and bedding for free, the Vatican announced.

Charles and Camilla meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Vatican City - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had a private audience with Pope Francis on Tuesday as part of a tour designed to shore up Britain's ties with the continent as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Pope Francis reaches out to Catholic fundamentalists

Vatican City - Pope Francis has extended a new olive branch to a breakaway group of Catholic ultra-traditionalists, the Society of St Pius X, by allowing their priests to celebrate marriages.

Vatican official says Pope planning Ireland trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland in August next year, a top Vatican official said Thursday, four months after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced what will be a landmark trip.

Vatican panel urges 'compassion' for victims of abuse

Vatican City - A panel advising Pope Francis on child protection has called on the Vatican to react "directly and compassionately" to letters from victims of clerical sex abuse, reviving an issue that unleashed a storm just weeks ago.

Pope heads to Milan hinterland to rally poor

Vatican City - Pope Francis visits Milan Saturday where he will meet families on a housing estate, nap in a prison and hold a mass for hundreds of thousands of believers in nearby Monza.

Pope warns EU 'risks dying' without new vision

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday warned European Union leaders the bloc risks dying without a new vision of the future based on the principles of solidarity on which it was founded.

Pope Francis to offer birthday counsel to troubled EU

Vatican City - European Union leaders will receive guidance from Pope Francis Friday, on the eve of the troubled bloc's 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome.

Pope to visit Egypt to meet imam, persecuted Copts

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to visit Cairo next month for talks with the grand imam of the capital's famed Al-Azhar mosque, but also to show solidarity with Coptic Christians targeted by violence in Egypt.

Pope tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.

Sluggish reforms blot pope's four-year report card

Vatican City - Elected in 2013 with a brief to reform a scandal-hit Vatican, Pope Francis has launched numerous initiatives but, four years later, he is still struggling to deliver real change.

Pope considering Egypt trip: Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican is examining the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Egypt, but no dates have been set, his spokesman said Saturday after Italian reports suggested the trip would happen in May.

Bishops ask Radio Vatican to restore services to Africa

Vatican City - African bishops have asked Radio Vatican, the official radio of the pope, to restore shortwave transmissions to the continent, the Catholic agency Fides reported on Friday.

Pope to head to Colombia September 6-11: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September, the Vatican said Friday, after the pontiff closely followed peace negotiations between the government and FARC rebels.
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