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Cardinal cut: Italy's tailor to the stars of the Church

Rome - Raniero Mancinelli cannot afford to drop a stitch. Pope Francis is creating five new cardinals next week and the race is on to have their scarlet robes ready in time.

Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge

Rome - Four conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in January, the Vatican said Monday, on a trip that will take the Catholic Church's first South American pontiff from Santiago to Lima.

Trudeau seeks papal apology over Canada school abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was expected to seek an apology over the abuse of indigenous Canadians at church-run boarding schools.

In Europe, Trump feels the heat on climate

Paris - At every stop in Donald Trump's whirlwind of summit meetings in Europe, the issue of climate change -- and the US president's threat to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement -- is never far from the surface.

Pope risks joke about Trump's size

Vatican City - It could have caused a diplomatic incident but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania.

Pope urges Trump to work for peace as smiles replace spats

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged Donald Trump to use his US presidency to promote peace around the world as the two leaders swapped sparring for smiles in their first face-to-face meeting, at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Trump meets Pope Francis at Vatican

Vatican City - US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues.

Gloves off as Trump heads to Vatican

Vatican City - Billionaire President Donald Trump heads to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet man-of-the-poor Pope Francis, with all eyes on whether they will end their sparring to find common ground.

Trump arrives in Rome for Pope talks

Rome - Donald Trump on Tuesday arrived in Rome for a high-profile meeting with Pope Francis in what was his first official trip to Europe since becoming US President.

Pope says to create five new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he plans to create five new cardinals from five different countries at a special ceremony next month, all of them under the age of 80.

Pope backs efforts on Huntington's but opposes embryo research

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday threw his weight behind a global push for a cure for deadly Huntington's disease but said scientists should not use human embryos in stem cell research regarded as the best hope of finding one.

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

Trump to nominate Callista Gingrich as Vatican envoy: reports

Washington - President Donald Trump is set to nominate Callista Gingrich, wife of former House speaker Newt Gingrich, to be the next US ambassador to the Vatican, CNN and The New York Times reported.

Pope aide denies new Australia abuse claims

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell accused sections of the Australian media of interfering in the course of justice Monday as he denied new child sex abuse allegations.

Pope aide denies new Australia abuse claims

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell accused sections of the Australian media of interfering in the course of justice Monday as he denied new child sex abuse allegations.

Pope aide denies new Australia abuse claims

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell accused sections of the Australian media of interfering in the course of justice Monday as he denied new child sex abuse allegations.

Pope casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

Pope Francis expressed serious doubts regarding reported daily apparitions of the Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia, a site which attracts a million pilgrims annually.

Pope 'won't judge' Trump before hearing him out

Pope Francis said Saturday he was hopeful of finding common ground with US President Donald Trump at their upcoming Vatican meeting, despite the leaders being starkly at odds over issues from migration to climate change.

Wife of Palestinian hunger striker wants pope to intervene

Ramallah - The wife of the leader of a hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has written to Pope Francis calling on him to intervene "before it is too late".

Swiss guards, loyal soldiers of the pope, take the oath

Vatican City - Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years.

Pope Francis and Trump to meet despite disagreements

Vatican City - Pope Francis will receive US President Donald Trump at the Vatican on May 24, the first official meeting for the two leaders who have found themselves starkly at odds on issues including migration and climate change.

Maduro welcomes papal interest in Venezuela mediation

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday welcomed an offer by Pope Francis for Vatican mediation in crisis-torn Venezuela but opposition leaders rebuffed the overture.

Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

Rome - A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order.

Pope Francis pleads for 'holy' peace during Egypt visit

Cairo - Pope Francis pleaded for peace in a visit to Egypt on Friday as he attended a service in solidarity with the embattled Coptic minority at a church bombed by the Islamic State group.

Pope to boost Muslim ties on security-tight Egypt trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Egypt Friday to bolster relations with Muslims and show solidarity with the largest Christian community in the Middle East following devastating attacks.

Pope says some refugee centres 'concentration camps'

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps", as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband.

Canada's Trudeau to meet pope in late May

Ottawa - Pope Francis will grant a private audience to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next month after a G7 summit in Italy, the government in Ottawa said Friday.

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Rome - Italy's Leone Film Group, the company originally founded by spaghetti western master Sergio Leone, is to make an English-language TV series on the so-called "Vatileaks" scandal.

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints

Vatican City - Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on May 13, Pope Francis announced Thursday.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims and Harley-Davidson bikers in St. Peter's Square 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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Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at the Parish Church of St. Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Tourists converge on this part of St. Peter's Square to get a better view of the huge plaza in front of St. Peter's Basilica.
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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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Armed with ceremonial swords, these Swiss guards are entrusted with security in the Vatican.
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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 Benedict in Rome
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Screenshot of the Pope's final audience
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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.
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The Vatican's mobile post office serving tourists.
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Toowoomba, where William Morris served as Catholic bishop
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Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
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PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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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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