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Pope raises 'gaucho priest' and six others to sainthood

Vatican City - Pope Francis proclaimed seven new saints on Sunday, including the Argentine "gaucho priest" who served as an inspiration for the pontiff, and two people who were slain for their Catholic faith.

Pope opens private summer apartments to tourists

Vatican City - Who needs a summer palace? Not Pope Francis, who has renounced the delights of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome and opened his private apartments to tourists, the Vatican said Friday.

Pope begs for immediate ceasefire in Syria

Vatican City - Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, calling for "at least" a truce enabling civilians, especially children, to be evacuated, after Aleppo came under fierce air assault.

Pope promotes potential successors

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he would appoint 17 new cardinals from across the world next month, 13 of whom are under 80 and therefore eligible to succeed him.

UN envoy says Syria talks 'very difficult with bombs falling'

Vatican City - The UN envoy for Syria said Thursday there was little prospect of an imminent restart of negotiations to try to end the raging conflict.

Aleppo bombers will have to 'answer before God': pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday said those behind the bombing of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian forces have conducted days of deadly airstrikes, will have to "answer before God.

Former Vatican exorcist dies

Vatican City - The former exorcist of the Vatican and the Diocese of Rome, Gabriele Amorth, has died aged 91, Italian media on Sunday quoted his entourage as saying.

Murder in God's name 'satanic', pope says at mass for slain priest

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July.

Pope to honour slain French priest with Vatican mass

Vatican City - Pope Francis will celebrate mass on Wednesday in honour of Jacques Hamel, the French priest who died in July after having his throat slit by Islamist militants.

Catholic Church to have prayer day for sex abuse victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday announced plans for a worldwide day of prayer for the victims of sexual abuse, in line with a proposal from his child protection panel.

Catholic icon Teresa was both adored and attacked

Vatican City - For those who revered her, Mother Teresa's elevation to the Catholic sainthood on Sunday came not a moment too soon.

Pope Francis proclaims Teresa a saint

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint, hailing her work with the destitute of Kolkata as a beacon for mankind and testimony of God's compassion for the poor.

Saint Teresa: revered, reviled and misunderstood

Vatican City - The woman the world came to know as Mother Teresa of Calcutta was called a lot of things in her lifetime.She was the "Saint of the Gutters" and an "Angel of Mercy.

Catholic icon Mother Teresa to be proclaimed a saint

Vatican City - Mother Teresa, the revered but controversial nun whose work with the dying and the destitute made her an icon of 20th Century Christianity, will be declared a saint on Sunday.

Pope extends stamp on Church with new human development ministry

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Vatican ministry for human development in the latest move by the reforming pontiff to put his personal stamp on the Catholic Church.

Pope welcomes Colombia ceasefire, declines Vatican role

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday welcomed the end of Colombia's war with the FARC rebels but declined an invitation to help establish a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict.

Pope Francis, Zuckerberg: Communications tech a tool vs poverty

Pope Francis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have agreed that communications technology holds a crucial role in the crusade to eliminate poverty.

Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

Vatican City - Pope Francis surprised 20 former prostitutes on Friday by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat.

Syrian child refugees tell Pope of new life in Rome

Vatican City - Young Syrian refugees who Pope Francis brought home with him after a trip to Greece laughed and joked with the pontiff Thursday as they told him of their new life in Italy.

Pope urges Rio athletes to 'fight the good fight'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged athletes heading to the Rio Olympics to fight the "good fight", aiming not for medals but solidarity in a world "sick with cruelty".
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