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Lances drawn in condoms row: Pope's duel with Knights intensifies

Vatican City - Pope Francis's duel with the Knights of Malta intensified Tuesday as he backed an investigation into the ancient order, which has questioned the legitimacy and make-up of the panel carrying out the probe.

Pope admits to 'darkness' in own faith

Guidonia - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values.

Abortion to save looks: Pope takes aim at beauty cult

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday took aim at the modern world's obsessions with power, success and beauty, citing the example of a woman who had an abortion to preserve her looks.

Pope to host Palestinian president Abbas on January 14

Vatican City - Pope Francis will grant Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, the Holy See confirmed indirectly Tuesday by announcing arrangements for media coverage of the visit.

Pope slams jihadist attacks as 'homicidal madness'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday described jihadist attacks around the world as "homicidal madness" and urged religious leaders to reassert that "one can never kill in God's name".The leader of the world's 1.

Pope tells women to feel free to breastfeed in church

Vatican City - Pope Francis encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church."The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry. That's the way it is," the pontiff said.

Rebuild hearts as well as homes, pope tells quake victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis stressed the importance of rebuilding "hearts as well as homes" on Thursday, as he welcomed to the Vatican several thousand people affected by Italian earthquakes.

Pope on sex abuse: 'zero tolerance' means just that

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday defended the Catholic Church's much-vaunted "zero tolerance" approach to abuse, while admitting the ancient institution had so far lacked the courage to go all out on stopping paedophile priests.

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to feel compassion for children, notably victims of war, migration and homelessness in his Christmas Eve mass but also those "not allowed to be born".

Order of Malta rebukes Pope Francis over investigation

Vatican City - The Order of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic institution, has criticised as "unacceptable" Pope Francis' announcement of an investigation into its affairs.

Pope tells Vatican to put women, lay experts into top jobs

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake-up.

Pope's new mission: buying his own shoes

Vatican City - Pope Francis was the toast of social media on Wednesday after successfully completing his latest groundbreaking mission: popping out of the Vatican to buy himself some new footwear.

Pope, at 80, looks to 'joyous' old age

Rome - Pope Francis voiced hope for a "fruitful and joyous" old age at a mass for his 80th birthday on Saturday, as he received messages of congratulations from around the world."Old age sounds ugly, and causes fear.

Pope seeks common ground on Colombia peace deal with Santos, Uribe

Vatican City - Pope Francis brought together Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe at the Vatican Friday, without managing to persuade them to overcome their differences over an historic peace accord with FARC rebels.

Pope Francis hits 80 — and he's not slowing down

Vatican City - Pope Francis turns 80 on Saturday with no sign of slowing down in his drive to reshape the Catholic church to reflect his own vision of compassion and humility.

Wish the pope a happy 80th, Vatican says

Vatican City - Want to wish Pope Francis many happy returns on his 80th birthday this week?Now you can, with special email addresses set up by the Vatican in eight languages, including Latin.

Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and spread gossip to people sexually excited by excrement -- and described their readers as faeces eaters.

Pope Francis urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behaviour" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

Pope to visit Ireland in 2018 says PM Kenny

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday after meeting the pontiff in Rome.

Reform hopes as Vatican panel studies female deacons

Vatican City - A papal commission on the role of female deacons met for the first time Friday in a move reformers hope could open the door to women eventually entering the Catholic clergy.As things stand only men can serve as priests or as deacons.

Pope gives priests permanent right to pardon abortion

Vatican City - Pope Francis declared Monday that all priests would have the right to forgive abortion, making permanent a temporary measure put in place for the Vatican's jubilee year.

Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday brought to a close the Catholic Church's "Year of Mercy," shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter's after a year in which he raised Mother Teresa to sainthood and took in Syrian Muslim refugees.

Pope's panel on female deacons to meet: report

Vatican City - A commission set up by Pope Francis to study the issue of female Church deacons will meet in Rome for the first time as a full group next week, the National Catholic Reporter said Saturday.

Pope creates 17 cardinals, 'Princes of the Church'

Vatican City - Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals from across the globe on Saturday, elevating them in a time-honoured ceremony to an elite body that advises and elects popes.

Pope Francis 'not losing sleep' over conservative challengers

Vatican City - Pope Francis has said he is not losing any sleep over a challenge from a group of conservative cardinals who have accused the Argentine of contradicting Church teaching.

Homeless get VIP treatment from Pope Francis

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday asked an audience of homeless people to forgive those Christians who "look the other way.

Pope's jubilee year has brought over 20 million to Rome

Rome - The Pope's "Jubilee of Mercy" year, which ends this month, has brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, the Vatican said Thursday.Monsignor Rino Fisichella, head of the Vatican's evangelisation efforts, estimated that over 20.

Pope holds special Vatican Mass for 1,000 prisoners

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Mass before a thousand prisoners specially invited to the Vatican, giving them a message of hope while denouncing the "hypocrisy" of society.

Vatican to open its doors to 1,000 prisoners

Vatican City - One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- will take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers.

Pope understands Europe's caution over migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called on Europe to open its doors to more migrants, stated Tuesday that governments have the right to carefully assess their capacity to effectively integrate those arriving from abroad.
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