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Pope 'worried' by Argentine politics

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis is concerned about the political situation in his native Argentina, the Vatican's chief of ceremonies said Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Cristina Kirchner.

Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

- A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

Sri Lanka told not to exploit Pope for poll boost

Colombo - The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

'Beware of gangs' pope tells Salvadoran youth

Soyapango - Pope Francis on Thursday warned adolescents in El Salvador to "beware of gangs" during a videoconference with youth in the violence-wracked country.

Three relatives of pope killed in Argentina accident

Buenos Aires - Two infant grandnephews of Pope Francis and their mother were killed early Tuesday when their car slammed into the back of a truck in Argentina, authorities said.

Pope's message lost on China?

Seoul - When Pope Francis sent an unprecedented message to Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, it went missing -- an apparent technical glitch laden with symbolism.

God will give me two or three more years, says Pope

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.

Pope makes plea for Koreas to unite as 'one people'

Seoul - Pope Francis wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years on Monday, urging the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as "one family, one people".

Pope says Church not out to 'conquer' Asia

Chonpyongni - Pope Francis reached out to China on the penultimate day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday, urging a closer dialogue and insisting that Catholics did not view Asia with the mentality of "conquerors.

'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

Seoul - Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs Saturday at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values would be worth dying for in an increasingly materialistic, globalised world.

Pope warns of 'cancer' of despair in South Korea sermon

Daejeon - Pope Francis warned of the "cancer" of despair that afflicts outwardly affluent societies and called on South Korean Catholics to reject "inhuman economic models" at a mass for 45,000 people Friday on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.

N. Korea suggests missile tests for anniversary, not Pope

Seoul - North Korea suggested Friday that a series of rocket tests that coincided with the arrival of Pope Francis in South Korea were actually conducted to mark the anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

N. Korea fires rockets as Pope arrives in South

Seoul - North Korea fired five short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Thursday, just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.

Pope kicks off S. Korea visit as North fires rockets

Seoul - Pope Francis called for an end to "displays of force" on the divided Korean peninsula Thursday, as North Korea marked his arrival in Seoul for a five-day visit by firing short-range rockets into the sea.

Pope to speak to North Korea's 'church of silence'

Seoul - Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

Seoul - When Pope Francis visits South Korea this week, he will find a thriving Catholic community with a social and political influence that belies its minority status in one of Christianity's most muscular Asian strongholds.

Entire town lives underground to avoid extreme heat

Like out of a science fiction story the small Australian town named Coober Pedy lives underground to avoid desert dust storms and extreme heat.

Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago.

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy: Report

- Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.

It's Pope versus Pope in the World Cup Final

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may play for the same team as Catholics, but they certainly don't cheer for the same team as football fans.

Pope slams Church complicity in child sex abuse

- Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

Pope Francis calls exploitation of nature 'sin of our times'

Campobasso - During an address at Italy's University of Molise on Saturday, Pope Francis chastised those who exploit and destroy nature, calling such behavior the "sin of our times".

Study: Canada is #1 in digital diplomacy, Pope dominates retweets

How social media changes our culture and our very lives is something many are researching today. A recent study praised Canada for their online diplomacy and also noted the sheer influence available online to Pope Francis.

Pope excommunicates mafia, urges expulsion from clan heartland

- Pope Francis launched a scathing attack on organised crime during a trip to the heartland of a feared syndicate on Sunday, declaring all mafia members "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church.

Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday denounced those getting rich through speculation in financial markets, calling on them to use their investments for the good of humanity.

Pope says to ask God's advice on retirement

Barcelona - Pope Francis said in an interview Friday he will ask God's advice when the time comes to consider retiring like his 87-year-old predecessor Benedict XVI.

Pope admits risk in ditching 'sardine-can' popemobile

Barcelona - Pope Francis admitted in an interview Friday that he takes a risk when he ditches a "sardine can" popemobile to greet the people, but at his age he has little to lose.

Abbas, Peres call for peace at Vatican ceremony

- Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called for peace on Sunday at an unprecedented prayer with Pope Francis on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the two sides.

Pope Francis hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace prayer

- Pope Francis on Sunday hosts an unprecedented peace prayer meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in a symbolic gesture to foster dialogue but unlikely to have any immediate effect.
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