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Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones

- Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.

Former victim leaves Vatican child sex abuse commission

Vatican City - A former paedophilia victim has left the Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican announced Saturday, two days after the British campaigner criticised the body in the press.

Russian Patriarch Kirill, Kremlin's unwavering backer

Moscow - A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill has helped to transform the Russian Orthodox Church into a powerful institution of the post-Soviet state.The 69-year-old native of Saint Petersburg will meet Pope Francis next week in Cuba.

'Juarez is Love': City hosting pope sheds murder image

Juarez - Billboards with pictures of Pope Francis welcome the pontiff to Mexico's former murder capital with the inviting phrase "Juarez is Love," as the northern border works to shed its violent image.

Pope and Patriarch to bridge 1,000-year split in Cuba

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday.

Turkey to send envoy back to Vatican after Armenia 'genocide' row

Ankara - Turkey says it will send its ambassador back to the Vatican, after recalling him last year in a row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Pope Francis under fire over China 'Realpolitik'

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Wednesday after lavishing praise on China in a move widely seen as part of Vatican moves to improve relations with Beijing.

Pope reaches out to China with New Year praise

Vatican City - Pope Francis hailed China's "great history of wisdom" on Tuesday, holding out the prospect of reconciliation with Beijing sought by some Chinese Catholics but feared by many others.

Pope warns gossiping priests, nuns to 'bite your tongue'

Vatican City - Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues on Monday, and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line sharpish.

Pope to plead for justice in Mexico visit: Archbishop

- Pope Francis will call for justice for victims of violence during his visit to Mexico and plead for a more humane treatment of migrants, the country's archbishop said Thursday.

Minaret and Muslims in Mexican city set to host pope

San Crist - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks.

Pope urges Iran to act for peace in Middle East

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Iran to back peace efforts in the Middle East as the Islamic Republic's emergence from international isolation took a significant step forward with President Hassan Rouhani's first visit to the Vatican.

Pope Francis to visit Sweden in October to mark Reformation

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Sweden in October to mark next year's 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, the Vatican said Monday.

In Mexico, a carpenter for three popes awaits Francis

Zapopan - Carpenter Agustin Parra Echauri has worked for two pontiffs, and now his employees are busy hand-carving chairs and an altar for Pope Francis, set to arrive in Mexico in February.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

Vatican City - Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

Court acquits Vatican's 'Mr 500' of money-smuggling

Rome - A former Vatican accountant known as "Mr 500" for his cash-rich lifestyle was acquitted by an Italian court on Monday of corruption and attempted money-smuggling.

Pope hails ties with Jews on landmark synagogue visit

Rome - Pope Francis on Sunday made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, citing an "unbreakable" bond between Jews and Christians as hundreds of armed security personnel were deployed for the Rome visit.

Pope prays for Schumacher recovery

Vatican City - Pope Francis prayed for racing legend Michael Schumacher on Thursday as he offered his backing for a Formula One-led road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of children killed by cars.

Cardinal, clown and convict back Pope's mercy mission

Vatican City - Italy's best known comic, a cardinal and a Chinese convict teamed up on Tuesday to launch a book-length interview with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis urges Europe to keep welcoming migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday urged European governments to keep welcoming migrants while acknowledging security and other concerns over the recent mass influx of people mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Pope says he's 'a sinner in need of God's mercy'

Vatican City - Pope Francis describes himself as "a sinner" in need of God's mercy, in an upcoming book where he also urges the Catholic Church to focus on its mission as a grassroots, hands-on organisation.

At least 231 boys abused at German Catholic choir school: lawyer

Berlin - At least 231 children at a famous boys' choir school in Germany were victims of physical abuse, a lawyer tasked by the Catholic institution to probe allegations said Friday, giving a far higher figure than thought for the scandal, which dates back deca...

Pope invites 5,000 migrants to mass at St Peter's

Vatican City - Pope Francis has invited 5,000 migrants to pray with him and attend a special mass at St Peter's to mark the world day of migrants and refugees, the Migrantes Foundation announced Friday.

Vatileaks suspect will not plead for pope pardon

San Sosti - A former PR consultant to the Vatican on trial along with four others for leaking or publishing secret papers said on Thursday she would not ask Pope Francis for a pardon.

God carrying an assault rifle condemned by Vatican

Paris - The Vatican's Osservatore Romano has condemned French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo for portraying God as an assassin in its commemorative edition cover marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on its offices.

Charlie Hebdo's anti-God cover is unfair, says Vatican paper

Vatican City - The Vatican's newspaper on Tuesday criticised French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo for a front cover portraying God as a gun-wielding terrorist to mark the first anniversary of a terror attack on the publication.

Historic Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect

Vatican City - The Vatican's first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Pope's Jubilee year off to a sluggish start

Vatican City - Pope Francis's Jubilee Year of Mercy has got off to a sluggish start, to the disappointment of Rome's hoteliers, restaurateurs and souvenir sellers.

New Year brings fresh challenges for Pope Francis

Vatican City - Pope Francis faces a tough 2016, Vatican insiders say, with no let-up in his physically demanding schedule or the political battles over his efforts to modernise the Church.

Pope asks C.America states to help end Cuban 'humanitarian drama'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday asked Central American nations to help end the "humanitarian drama" affecting thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in the region.
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