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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.

Pope to meet EU leaders on eve of Rome summit

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of all EU nations at the Vatican on March 24 ahead of the bloc's special summit in Rome, Vatican sources said Thursday.The March 25 summit will mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaty.

Victim quits pope's abuse panel, slams 'shameful' Vatican

Vatican City - Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, resigned Wednesday from Pope Francis's child protection panel, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" blocking of reforms approved by the pontiff.

Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

Vatican City - The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

Vatican to host menorah exhibition with Roman Jews

Vatican City - The Vatican and Rome's Jewish community on Monday presented an ambitious exhibition on the menorah which will bring together 130 works featuring the iconic Jewish candelabrum, an ancient symbol of the faith.

Pope calls for quick accord to end DR Congo violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers.

Vatican 'House of Cards' as pro and anti-pope factions clash

Vatican City - A real-life version of the hit political drama "House of Cards" is unfolding at the Vatican, from cardinals openly defying the pope to anonymous posters sullying his name.

Stop texting during mealtimes, pope tells youngsters

Vatican City - Pope Francis told youngsters Friday to get off their phones during family meals, warning that the death of face-to-face conversations can have dire consequences for society, even resulting in wars.

Pope Francis speaks out against 'insults'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday criticised the everyday use of "insults", an apparent reference to anonymous attacks he has faced over the last week in Rome.

Pope names envoy to Bosnian 'miracle' town

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday named a Polish archbishop as special envoy to a Bosnian town that has become a huge but controversial pilgrimage site thanks to reported appearances by the Virgin Mary.

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Vatican City - Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.

Pope Francis to no longer grace Vatican euro coins

Vatican City - The Vatican will stop minting euro coins bearing Pope Francis' image beginning in March, religious news agency I media reported Friday, saying the coins will now carry the Vatican's coat of arms and European Union stars.

Pope axes Knights chief in condoms row

Vatican City - The head of the Knights of Malta has resigned at the request of Pope Francis, the Order said Wednesday, ending a bitter power battle linked to a row over condoms.

Pope Francis lashes Italian mafia's 'blood-stained money'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday blasted the "money stained with blood" and "evil power" wielded by Italian organised crime as he met the heads of the country's anti-mafia squad.

Pope Francis calls on Trump to help poor and outcasts

Vatican City - Pope Francis congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration Friday, urging the new president to keep fighting for the poor at a time of "grave humanitarian crises.
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