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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.

Vatican and Turkey locked in Armenian genocide row

Yerevan - Pope Francis on Sunday released peace doves on the Armenia-Turkey border in a gesture of reconciliation as Ankara slammed the pontiff for denouncing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide".

Pope visits Armenian genocide memorial

Yerevan - Pope Francis on Saturday issued a rallying cry to remember the past after visiting the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, on day two of a trip likely to stir tensions with Turkey."A century has just passed from the 'Great Evil' unleashed upon you.

Pope denounces 'genocide' in Armenia visit

Yerevan - Pope Francis began his three-day visit to Armenia on Friday with a denunciation of the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as "genocide", risking Turkey's fury.

Pope visits Armenia with Mideast peace message

Yerevan - Pope Francis began a three-day visit to Armenia on Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Pope welcomes new French envoy after gay candidate snubbed

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday welcomed France's new ambassador to the Vatican, two months after Paris abandoned its attempt to have a gay Catholic installed in the post.

Pope risks Turkey's ire with Armenia trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Armenia Friday for a three-day visit likely to inflame simmering tensions with Turkey over the Vatican's description of mass killings under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

Pope takes in more Syrian asylum-seekers from Greece

Vatican City - Pope Francis has welcomed nine more Syrian asylum-seekers to Rome, two months after he flew another group back from Greece aboard his personal plane, the Vatican said Thursday.

Judgement near in Vatican leaks trial

Vatican City - Final hearings in the Vatican's controversial leaks trial of journalists and others will be held next month in a finale to over nine months of courtroom drama that has embarrassed the Holy See.

Pope hits out at 'brazen' free circulation of arms

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday hit out at the "brazen" free circulation of arms worldwide, a day after a gunman used an assault rifle to kill 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub.

Pope hits out at 'brazen' free circulation of arms

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday hit out at the 'brazen' free circulation of arms around the world, comparing it unfavourably to the bureaucratic obstacles put in the way of humanitarian aid.

Pope appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labour

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to the international community to redouble efforts to end the "modern slavery" of child labour.The pontiff was speaking on World Day Against Child Labour, sanctioned by the International Labour Organization.

Pope denounces marginalisation of handicapped people

Vatican City - Pope Francis, addressing an audience of 20,000 sick and handicapped people at the Vatican on Sunday, decried the marginalisation of those with disabilities, pointing to the way body image has become big business and "anything imperfect has to be hidden...

Cloth with Pope John Paul II's blood stolen in Germany

Berlin - A cloth with a drop of Pope John Paul II's blood was stolen from Cologne Cathedral in western Germany at the weekend, police said.

Bishops face sack for child abuse 'negligence': pope

Vatican City - Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said Saturday in a move hiking pressure on the Church's hierarchy.

Pope scolds clergy over their part-time availability

Vatican City - Clergymen should make themselves available to their flocks day and night instead of keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Pope mourns nameless drowned girl, shipwreck orphans

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean.

Pope prays to 'convert hearts' of IS jihadists

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.During his weekly audience in St.

Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting

Vatican City - Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.

Azhar imam to urge tolerance in historic pope meeting

Cairo - The deputy of Al-Azhar's grand imam in Egypt said on Sunday the top Muslim cleric will bear a message of tolerance when he meets Pope Francis in Rome.

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in France.

Pope Francis to receive Sunni Muslim leader at Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to meet the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar at the Vatican on Monday in an unprecedented encounter between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam.

Pope rules out early resignation for French cardinal in paedophilia storm

Paris - Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.

Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

Vatican City - Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents.

Pope ally sees Church 'split in two' over female deacons

Vatican City - Pope Francis's signal that he is open to the possibility of allowing women to enter the Catholic clergy as deacons will trigger fierce debate and deep division in the Church, one of his closest allies was quoted as saying Friday.

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Thursday he would set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy, in his latest potentially historic opening on a vexed issue for the Church.

Papal envoy preaches peace at Baltic NATO base

Siauliai - The most senior cardinal in the Vatican met NATO troops in Lithuania on Saturday, delivering a message of peace in the Baltic region amid tensions with Russia.

Pope asks missionary doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

Vatican City - Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which "being a migrant is not a crime", as he urged EU leaders to "tear down the walls" and build a fairer society.
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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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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics. Pope Francis pictured during his general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 11, 2014
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