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Pope urges 'sincere dialogue' as he meets Nice attack victims

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.

Pope to meet families of Nice attack victims

Rome - Pope Francis will on Saturday hold a multi-faith meeting of grieving relatives and survivors of an attack in France in July when a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd in Nice.

'World thirsts for peace', pope tells religious leaders

Assisi - Pope Francis said Tuesday the world "thirsts for peace" after praying with faith leaders for an end to religious fanaticism and indifference to the plight of war victims.

Former Vatican exorcist dies

Vatican City - The former exorcist of the Vatican and the Diocese of Rome, Gabriele Amorth, has died aged 91, Italian media on Sunday quoted his entourage as saying.

Pope makes surprise visit to Rome hospitals

Rome - Pope Francis made surprise visits to two Rome hospitals on Friday, the Vatican said, continuing his monthly series of unannounced trips.

Murder in God's name 'satanic', pope says at mass for slain priest

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July.

Pope to honour slain French priest with Vatican mass

Vatican City - Pope Francis will celebrate mass on Wednesday in honour of Jacques Hamel, the French priest who died in July after having his throat slit by Islamist militants.

Catholic Church to have prayer day for sex abuse victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday announced plans for a worldwide day of prayer for the victims of sexual abuse, in line with a proposal from his child protection panel.

Former pope Benedict thanks God for retirement

Berlin - Retired pope Benedict XVI says he has no regrets about his 2013 decision to retire and thanks God for enabling him to recover his "freedom" from the responsibilities associated with leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Catholic icon Teresa was both adored and attacked

Vatican City - For those who revered her, Mother Teresa's elevation to the Catholic sainthood on Sunday came not a moment too soon.

Pope Francis proclaims Teresa a saint

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint, hailing her work with the destitute of Kolkata as a beacon for mankind and testimony of God's compassion for the poor.

Mother Teresa's legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Kolkata - As the Vatican prepares to declare Mother Teresa a saint this Sunday, in the Indian city where she rose to fame, claims of medical negligence and financial mismanagement at her care homes threaten to cloud her legacy.

Balkan countries contest Saint Teresa's heritage

Skopje - When Pope Francis canonises Mother Teresa on Sunday, two Balkan countries will be celebrating the sainthood of a woman they both fiercely claim as their own.

Saint Teresa: revered, reviled and misunderstood

Vatican City - The woman the world came to know as Mother Teresa of Calcutta was called a lot of things in her lifetime.She was the "Saint of the Gutters" and an "Angel of Mercy.

Catholic icon Mother Teresa to be proclaimed a saint

Vatican City - Mother Teresa, the revered but controversial nun whose work with the dying and the destitute made her an icon of 20th Century Christianity, will be declared a saint on Sunday.

Pope extends stamp on Church with new human development ministry

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Vatican ministry for human development in the latest move by the reforming pontiff to put his personal stamp on the Catholic Church.

Pope welcomes Colombia ceasefire, declines Vatican role

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday welcomed the end of Colombia's war with the FARC rebels but declined an invitation to help establish a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict.

Pope Francis, Zuckerberg: Communications tech a tool vs poverty

Pope Francis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have agreed that communications technology holds a crucial role in the crusade to eliminate poverty.

Pope meets French President after priest murder

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday granted French President Francois Hollande a private audience, three weeks after Islamist militants killed an elderly French priest by slitting his throat in front of worshippers.

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.

China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican: cardinal

Hong Kong - The head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong has said the Chinese government is willing to reach an "understanding" with the Vatican over the contentious issue of the appointment of bishops.

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.
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