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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 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 derides anti-mask movements, backs racial justice campaign

Vatican City - Pope Francis took aim Monday at protests against coronavirus restrictions, contrasting them with the "healthy indignation" seen in the global demonstrations against racism after the killing of George Floyd in the United States.

Pope derides anti-mask protesters

Vatican City - Pope Francis took aim Monday at protests against coronavirus restrictions, contrasting them with the "healthy indignation" seen in the global demonstrations against racism after the death of George Floyd.

Migration does not threaten Christianity: pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis, a strong advocate of the rights of refugees, said in a new book published Monday that migration does not pose a threat to Christianity.

Vatican's former France envoy on trial for sexual assault

Paris - Pope Francis's former envoy to France went on trial in Paris on Tuesday for sexual assault following accusations he groped five men during public ceremonies.Luigi Ventura, a 75-year-old Italian archbishop, was not in court for the proceedings.

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.

Vatican says Pope's backing for gay unions no challenge to marriage

Vatican City - The Vatican has sought to tamp down discord over Pope Francis' backing last month for same-sex civil unions, reiterating that he did not question the Catholic dogma of marriage being between a man and a woman.

Pope to celebrate Christmas without congregation: report

Vatican City - Pope Francis will have to forego meeting Catholics at the annual Advent and Christmas masses in the Vatican owing to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, the specialist Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

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.

'Cardinal's woman' arrested in Italy after 500,000-euro payment

Vatican City - Italian financial police on Tuesday arrested a woman in Milan who was paid half a million euros ($590,000) by the Vatican into a Slovenian bank account, local media reported.

Pope meets acquitted Australian cardinal Pell

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Australian Cardinal George Pell for the first time since he was jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Teen one step from becoming first millennial saint

Vatican City - A British-born Italian teenager who dedicated his short life to spreading the faith online and helping the poor was beatified by the Catholic Church Saturday.

Pope in first trip outside Rome since virus lockdown

Assisi - Pope Francis makes his first trip Saturday since the Vatican's coronavirus lockdown, though it will be a solitary affair for the crowd-loving Argentine who has had to learn how to be close to the faithful from a distance.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell returns to Rome

Rome - Cardinal George Pell returned to Rome from Australia Wednesday for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Francis 'loses patience' in Vatican corruption fight

Vatican City - Pope Francis once likened sorting out the Vatican's tangled accounts to "cleaning the Sphinx of Egypt with a toothbrush".

Pompeo calls for pope to show 'courage' over China

Rome - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revived a spat with the Vatican Wednesday during a visit to Rome, a month ahead of the US elections and hot on the heels of a diplomatic breach that experts see as an effort to win conservative Catholic votes.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell heading to Rome, says aide

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell will return to Rome from Australia for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges, an aide said Tuesday.

Cardinal Pell 'returning to Rome' after rival falls

Rome - Australian Cardinal George Pell was reportedly to return to Rome Tuesday for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse charges, just days after a known Vatican rival was ousted.

Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him

Vatican City - One of the Vatican's most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members.

Vatican announces surprise resignation of top cardinal

Vatican City - One of the most influential Vatican cardinals, Angelo Becciu from Italy, resigned his position unexpectedly on Thursday, the Holy See announced without explanation.

Vatican thunder over wider access to euthanasia

Vatican City - The Vatican on Tuesday underscored its unyielding opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it an "act of homicide", as more and more countries consider legal reforms on the controversial issue.

Vatican, China prepare to renew historic deal to US anger

Vatican City - The Vatican and China are preparing to renew a historic deal on the appointment of bishops that has slightly thawed icy relations -- much to the displeasure of the US.

Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.

Pope sports a face mask for the first time in public

Vatican City - Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension.
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Pope Francis meets with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Aug. 29, 2016, at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Armed with ceremonial swords, these Swiss guards are entrusted with security in the Vatican.
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims and Harley-Davidson bikers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
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The time indicated on this big clock is not the same as the time in the other clock at the other end of the building supposedly to confuse the devil.
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at the Parish Church of St. Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome
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MEETING: Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas clasp hands last year at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan.
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Pope Francis meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican, November 25, 2013
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Access to St Peter's Square for the mass on the holiest day in the Christian calendar was tightly controlled
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