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Pope celebrates mass of 'mercy' with prisoners, refugees

Rome - Pope Francis made a rare Sunday outing from Vatican grounds to celebrate a mass on "divine mercy" with prisoners, refugees and health workers.

Vatican urges 'motherly care' for climate refugees

Vatican City - Climate change is real and more must be done to protect people displaced by it, the Vatican said Tuesday, as it presented guidelines on helping millions forced to flee their homes.

Pope says meeting Shiite cleric 'good for my soul'

Pope Francis said Monday his meeting with top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani had been "good for my soul", as he returned to Rome following his historic trip to Iraq.

Meeting Shiite cleric 'good for my soul', says pope

Pope Francis on Monday described his meeting with top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani as "good for my soul", as he returned to Rome following his historic trip to Iraq.

Iraq pegs hopes on Pope's visit, but experts sceptical

Baghdad - Pope Francis' historic trip to war-scarred Iraq went off without a hitch -- an image boost Baghdad hopes will help revive international engagement, foreign investment and even tourism.

Pope celebrates largest mass of historic Iraq trip

Arbil - Pope Francis vowed Sunday to keep Iraq in his heart, as he concluded the largest mass and final public event of a historic trip meant to encourage the country's dwindling Christian community and deepen interfaith dialogue.

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

Baghdad - Pope Francis, on his historic Iraq tour, visits on Sunday Christian communities that endured the brutality of the Islamic State group until the jihadists' "caliphate" was defeated three years ago.

Near Abraham's Iraq birthplace, lone Christians put hope in Pope

Nasiriyah - As Pope Francis prays for Iraq's minorities Saturday from the birthplace of the common patriarch of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, one family will be listening particularly carefully.

Pope Francis to meet top cleric Sistani on second day in Iraq

Najaf - Pope Francis begins the second day of his historic Iraq visit on Saturday with an extraordinary meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top authority for the country's Shiite Muslims.

Gift for Francis, handmade shawl tells story of Iraq's Christians

Al Hamdaniyah - Pulling golden thread with her frail fingers, elderly Christian Karjiya Baqtar has embroidered a precious prayer shawl to gift the most cherished visitor to her Iraqi hometown -- Pope Francis.

'Pilgrim of peace' Pope Francis heads to war-scarred Iraq

Baghdad - Pope Francis embarked on a historic visit to war-battered Iraq on Friday, defying security fears and the pandemic to comfort one of the world's oldest and most persecuted Christian communities.

Pope says he will visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

Vatican City - On the eve of his historic trip to Iraq, Pope Francis paid tribute Thursday to those who have suffered from years of violence, saying he came as a "pilgrim of peace".

In Iraq, Pope reaches out to top Shiite cleric

Vatican City - Pope Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, will on Saturday hold a hugely symbolic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, seeking to deepen his cautious dialogue with Muslim leaders.

Covid, unrest: Iraqis tackle obstacles to host pope

Baghdad - Security threats, the Covid pandemic, war-ravaged infrastructure: Iraqis are facing major challenges as they plan to host Pope Francis later this week.

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Baghdad - Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his outreach to Islam.

Pope Francis expects to spend his final days in Rome: new book

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled "The Health of Popes.

Iraq's ancient Christian community, decimated by violence, fear

Baghdad - Some fled after the US-led invasion, others during sectarian bloodshed and more following jihadist attacks. Iraq's last two violent decades have hollowed out its Christian community which dates back two millennia.

Property: a blessing and a burden for the Vatican

Vatican City - Prestigious addresses in Paris, London and Geneva and 3,000 properties across Rome: the Vatican has revealed more details of its real estate empire, a source of income -- and scandal.

Pope to meet top Shiite cleric Sistani on Iraq visit: cardinal

Baghdad - Pope Francis is to meet top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March, a senior Catholic cleric told AFP on Thursday.

Pope to meet top Shiite cleric Sistani on Iraq visit: cardinal

Baghdad - Pope Francis is to meet top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March, a senior Catholic cleric told AFP on Thursday.

Pope recalls his youth playing football, dubs Maradona "poet"

Rome - With a ball made from rags and surging adrenaline, the young Jorge Bergoglio and his friends pulled off "miracles" playing football in the street, Pope Francis recalled on Saturday.

Bout of sciatica forces pope to skip New Year's masses: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will be unable to celebrate New Year's masses Thursday evening and Friday morning at St Peter's Basilica because he is suffering from sciatica, the Vatican announced.

Pope urges Covid 'vaccines for all' in Christmas message

Vatican City - Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday called for "vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of the planet" for the coronavirus, which he said had exacerbated existing global crises.

Pope plans historic visit to Iraq

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make a historic visit to Iraq in March, the Vatican said Monday, the first ever by a pontiff and which will include a trip to Mosul.

Pope appoints first African American cardinal

Vatican City - Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday -- including the first African-American -- putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor.

Pope congratulates Joe Biden in phone call

Washington - Pope Francis spoke with Joe Biden by telephone Thursday to offer "blessings and congratulations" to the US president-elect on his victory, the Democrat's transition team said in a statement.

Vatican admits mistakes by John Paul II in US cardinal abuse case

Vatican City - The Vatican admitted Tuesday that late pope John Paul II ignored advice against promoting US clergyman Theodore McCarrick to cardinal given rumours of sexual misconduct against him that were later substantiated.

Vatican report denies abuse cover-up over US ex-cardinal

Vatican City - The Vatican on Tuesday denied a cover-up over a US ex-cardinal accused of sexual abuse, admitting mistakes were made but saying Theodore McCarrick's crimes had for years been nothing but rumours.

Vatican to publish probe into disgraced ex-cardinal McCarrick

Vatican City - The Vatican said Friday that next week it will publish the results of a long-awaited investigation into ex-US cardinal Theodore McCarrick following his expulsion last year for sexual abuse.

Australian police probe Vatican cash transfer in Pell case

Sydney - Australian police are investigating allegations a large amount of money was transferred to Australia by a Vatican rival of Cardinal George Pell in an apparent bid to help convict him of child sex abuse.
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