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Doctors at Vatican to debate ethics of euthanasia

Vatican City - "We don't carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for," says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.

Pope denounces healthcare inequality in rich countries

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday took wealthy nations to task over unequal healthcare and systems which increasingly penalise all but the very wealthy.

Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini

Vatican City - Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile.

Pope warns of nuclear terror threat

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday renewed calls for global nuclear disarmament, warning that new technology had increased the risk of deadly weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.

Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living.

Al-Azhar's imam meets pope, vows to fight terrorism

Rome - The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar institution Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world's leading religious authorities, on Tuesday met Pope Francis and pledged greater cooperation to fight terrorism.The spiritual leader of the world's almost 1.

Pope Francis condemns war as 'useless tragedy'

Nettuno - Pope Francis condemned wars around the world Thursday while dedicating his thoughts to young soldiers and commemorated the dead at an American military cemetery in Italy.

Pope Francis condemns terror attacks around the world

Vatican City - Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was "saddened" by events.

Pope decries low birth rates in Europe

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday decried low birth rates in Europe and urged more help for young people preparing their future path in society.

Pope asks spacemen life's big questions in ISS live chat

Vatican City - Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a philosophical question on "man's place in the universe".

Pope gets philosophical with ISS crew in space chat

Vatican City - Pope Francis chatted with six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, kicking off the rare interview with a philosophical question on "man's place in the universe".

Pope deplores plight of Rohingya children

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday mourned the plight of 200,000 Rohingya children stuck in refugee camps a month before he heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the countries at the heart of an intensifying humanitarian crisis.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Rome - Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

Pope wants Catholic opposition to death penalty increased

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Wednesday for categoric opposition to capital punishment to be written into an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching.

Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Vatican City - The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader's status as one of the world's biggest social media players.

'Online sexual violence harming children': Pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday urged the world, including the Catholic Church, to face up to the devastating effects of online sexual violence on young people, including extreme pornography and sexting.

Pope meets French cardinal accused of paedophilia cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Thursday with French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who is awaiting trial over allegations he covered up for a paedophile priest in his diocese.

Catholic summit unites experts against online child porn

Rome - An international summit on how to protect children from pornography threats online is taking place at a Catholic university in Rome this week with Pope Francis's support, organisers said Monday.

Pope to wage war on 'fake news'

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to tackle the rise of fake news in a bid to stop trolls and irresponsible media outlets fomenting hate."I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: 'The truth will set you free'.

Peru's government, church argue over papal visit

- Peru's government and Roman Catholic clergy are quarreling over a planned visit by Pope Francis in a spat blending politics and fears over earthquakes.The question is where the pope should say a huge outdoor mass when he visits in January.

Pope Francis urges world to open arms to migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged people across the world to open their arms to migrants, as Catholic charity Caritas launched its "Share the Journey" campaign on migration."With open arms ...

Intrigue swirls anew in court of Pope Francis

Vatican City - It is like an episode of "Game of Thrones" without the explicit sex.

Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

Rome - The Vatican said Sunday it had been forced to oust its former auditor general -- who resigned without explanation in June -- because he had been spying on senior officials.

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity

Rome - The Vatican's former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, said Sunday he was forced out after his investigations into possible illegal activity hit too close to home."Let me be clear: I did not voluntarily resign.

Pope slams climate change deniers as 'stupid'

Pope Francis on Monday slammed climate change doubters as "stupid" in the wake of a spate of hurricanes that have thrashed the US, Mexico and the Caribbean."Those who deny it (climate change) should go to the scientists and ask them.

Pope hopes Trump will reconsider 'Dreamers' order

Pope Francis said Monday he hopes US President Donald Trump will "reconsider" his decision to end an amnesty for hundreds of thousands of people brought illegally to the country as children.

Pope urges UN to help Venezuela

Pope Francis appealed to the United Nations on Monday to help Venezuela end a deadly economic, political and social crisis."The most painful is the humanitarian problem.

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Cartagena - Pope Francis left Colombia on Sunday with calls for reconciliation after its half-century civil war and a peaceful end to the deadly crisis in neighboring Venezuela.

Pope prays for Venezuela, blesses poor in Colombia

Cartagena - Pope Francis prayed Sunday for a peaceful end to Venezuela's "grave crisis" which has left scores dead, as he wrapped up a tour to support peace in neighboring Colombia.
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