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France's Hollande to meet pope over priest killing

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, three weeks after the jihadist murder of a priest in France sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church.

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.

Second chance for sinners as pope fetes 'Assisi pardon'

Assisi - Pope Francis travelled to the Italian town of Assisi on Thursday for a private visit to mark the 800th anniversary of the 'Pardon of Assisi', under which the slates of sinners can be wiped clean.

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".

Pope 'opens door' to female deacons with new panel

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.

Pope says Islam is not terrorism

Pope Francis said Sunday that Islam could not be equated with terrorism and warned Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists.

Pope plays matchmaker at youth jamboree

Brzegi - Prayer was not the only thing on the minds of hundreds of thousands of young Catholics at the World Youth Day extravaganza in Poland this week: some were also looking for love.

Use the Gospel as your GPS, pope tells huge mass in Poland

Brzegi - Pope Francis celebrated mass Sunday with over 1.5 million pilgrims in a vast sun-drenched field in Poland, wrapping up an emotionally charged trip with some choice technological metaphors.

Pope and pop rock Catholic youth party

Brzegi - Saints dropping disco moves and nuns belting their hearts out rocked the final night of a Catholic youth extravaganza headlined by Pope Francis in Poland on Saturday.

Parents of gay Poles urge pope to help fight homophobia

Srodmiescie - The worried parents of 16 young gay Poles have implored Pope Francis to help combat what they call "widespread" homophobia in Poland, as the pontiff visited the strongly Catholic EU state for the first time.

Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

Brzegi - Pope Francis urged "drowsy and dull kids" to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland.

Refugees suffer 'death sentence' of indifference: Catholic youth

Srodmiescie - Refugees are subject to a "death sentence" of indifference in countries where they seek shelter, young Catholics said Friday at a faith gathering in Poland which has drawn hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

Auschwitz survivors recount tales of horror during pope's visit

Oswiecim - Former prisoners at Nazi Germany's most notorious extermination camp met with Pope Francis Friday as he visited Auschwitz-Birkenau to pray for the 1.1 million people, most of them Jewish, murdered there in World War II.

Pope Francis walks alone through Auschwitz

Oswiecim - Pope Francis on Friday walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Trammin' in the name of the Lord: Pope takes a ride

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram on Thursday, on his way to the opening ceremony of an international Catholic extravaganza in Poland.

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling on an altar step during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, without injury.

Pope gets mystical with Poland's Black Madonna

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis visited Poland's most revered monastery Thursday, home to an ancient Catholic icon believed to work miracles, ahead of a trip by tram to meet young pilgrims from the world over.

Pope tells young to 'make some noise!'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis told cheering crowds of young pilgrims Wednesday to do their duty and "make some noise" as he kicked off an international Catholic festival in Poland.

Pope urges Poles to 'welcome those fleeing war, hunger'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis urged Poland on Wednesday to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship, chastising a right-wing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but not a religious conflict

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but religion not cause

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a Catholic priest in France.

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Varsovia - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope".

Pope names U.S. reporter as spokesman plus first female deputy

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday named a former Fox News correspondent to head up the Vatican press office and appointed the tiny state's first-ever female deputy spokesperson.

Journalists acquitted, Spanish prelate guilty in Vatileaks

Vatican City - Two investigative journalists accused of publishing stolen papers which exposed scandal in the Vatican were acquitted Thursday, while a whistle-blowing Spanish prelate was sentenced to jail time in the Vatileaks trial.

Journalists acquitted in Vatileaks trial

Vatican City - Two investigative journalists at the heart of a controversial leaks trial at the Vatican were acquitted Thursday after judges ruled they did not have the authority to examine their cases.

Benedict to tell all about troubled time at the Vatican

Rome - Retired pope Benedict XVI is to lift the lid in a new book on his troubled time at the head of the Catholic Church, publishers announced Friday.

On-form Benedict delights with surprise Vatican speech

Rome - Former pope Benedict XVI made a rare public appearance Tuesday, delighting senior clerics with an impromptu speech at a celebration to mark the 65th anniversary of his ordination.

Christians should apologise to gay people: Pope Francis

Rome - Pope Francis said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Pope warns against 'Balkanisation' of Europe after Brexit vote

Rome - Pope Francis on Sunday warned of the "Balkanisation" of Europe in the wake of Britain's shock vote to quit the EU and urged the bloc to chart a new way forward by giving member states greater freedoms.
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