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Biden takes 'Moonshot' cancer campaign to Vatican

Vatican City - US Vice President Joe Biden won Pope Francis's backing Friday for advances in cancer treatment to be made available to everyone, as he brought his "Moonshot" campaign to the Vatican.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Pope tells teens 'happiness not an app'

Vatican City - Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth."Freedom is not always about doing what you want.

Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

Pope in new blast at West's indifference to refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday blasted the indifference of Western society to the plight of refugees in another powerful intervention in the migrant crisis engulfing Europe.

Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life

Vatican City - The 12 Syrian asylum seekers Pope Francis brought back with him from Lesbos are settling into new lives, with Italian lessons and strolls around Rome, their hosts said Monday.

Pope heads back to migrant crisis frontline

Vatican City - Pope Francis was urged Thursday to speak out against the European Union's deal to send migrants back to Turkey when he visits Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of the crisis.

Pope heads to Lesbos to show 'solidarity' with Greeks, migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide Wednesday to pray for his upcoming trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis, saying he wanted to show "solidarity" with the refugees and the Greek people.

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan later this year, the Vatican announced Saturday, amid tensions in the region following a flare-up of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Pope opens door for divorced but slams it shut for gays

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday opened doors for divorced and cohabiting Catholics but slammed one shut for gay believers in new Church guidelines on family life.

Pope to visit refugees on Greek island of Lesbos

Vatican City - Pope Francis will next week make a brief trip to Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday.

I did not have sex with that priest, Vatican leaks trial told

Vatican City - An alleged night of sex at the centre of a controversial Vatican leaks trial never took place, accused former PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui told a Holy See court on Wednesday.

Little Lizzy gets wish to see Pope before going blind

Vatican City - Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers, a five-year-old American girl who is losing her sight to a rare genetic disease, got her wish on Wednesday to meet Pope Francis.

Vatican seeks to spread the .Catholic message

Vatican City - The Vatican has set up a new office charged with promoting the use of the .Catholic domain name, in its latest move to upgrade its communications for the digital era.

Cash for Cardinal's luxury pad sparks Vatican probe

Vatican City - The Vatican has opened an investigation into the financing of renovations at a luxury penthouse occupied by Italian cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former number two in the Holy See hierarchy, officials said Thursday.

Pope urges better security for religious minorities in Pakistan

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday appealed to Pakistani authorities to step up security for religious minorities after the "abhorrent" suicide bombing targeting Christians which killed scores in Lahore.

Pope urges compassion for migrants in Easter appeal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday spoke out against the "rejection" of refugees as the European migrant crisis saw its latest desperate scenes on the Greek border with Macedonia.

Vatican prepares to open Argentina 'dirty war' archives

Vatican City - The Vatican said Wednesday it is well on the way to opening its archives on Argentina's "Dirty War", which could bring new evidence to light on the fate of missing victims.

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Vatican City - Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Vatican City - Pope Francis posted his first photo on Instagram on Saturday, a picture showing him kneeling down praying, on the third anniversary of his inauguration as Holy Father.
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