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Cuba coup for pope with the popular touch

- Pope Francis's pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage.

Pope played key role in Cuba normalization talks: U.S.

Washington - Pope Francis played a vital role in bringing Cuba and the United States to the negotiating table, making a "personal appeal" to the nations' leaders, a US official said Wednesday.

China rules: Why the pope ducked meeting with Dalai Lama

- Pope Francis may be known for championing dialogue, but faced with the certainty of riling China, analysts say, he ducked out of a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Pope discusses Italy's economic, social woes with PM

- Pope Francis met Saturday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, whose "economic and social" problems topped the agenda, the Vatican said.

Pope prays for protection of Rome amid mafia scandal

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday prayed for the protection of Rome from the "threat of the malign," in a public display of support for city authorities battling mafia influence.

Ex Vatican bank heads accused of embezzlement, accounts seized

- Two former Vatican bank managers and a lawyer have had their accounts seized as part of an investigation into allegations of embezzlement, the Vatican said Saturday.

Vatican discovers hundreds of millions of euros 'tucked away'

- The Vatican's economy czar said Friday he had stumbled across hundred of millions of euros "tucked away" in various accounts, describing the windfall as a relic of the papacy's medieval but soon-to-be reformed financial set-up.

Pope risks Islamic ire with toughened terrorism appeal

- The pope's suggestion that Muslims are not doing enough to counter terrorism may increase tension between the West and Islam, but it reflects sincere concern in the Church over the issue, Vatican experts said Monday.

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Istanbul - Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Pope and patriarch say 'no Middle East without Christians'

Istanbul - Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday issued a rare joint plea against anti-Christian violence, saying the world cannot stand by and allow "a Middle East without Christians.

Pope Francis reflects at Blue Mosque in symbolic Istanbul visit

Istanbul - Pope Francis stood alongside a top Islamic cleric in a moment of silent contemplation at Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Saturday, as he visited the former capital of the Christian Byzantine world for the first time.

Pope becomes first house guest in controversial Erdogan palace

Ankara - The vast gates swung open and the host personally welcomed his distinguished visitor with all the pride of someone who has just acquired a new home.

Pope Francis calls for inter-faith dialogue to end fundamentalism

Ankara - Pope Francis on Friday said on his first visit to Turkey that inter-faith dialogue could help end fundamentalism and terror, adding that all believers must be given the same rights.

Pope Francis pleads for dialogue to end extremism on Turkey visit

Ankara - Pope Francis on Friday called for dialogue between faiths to end the Islamist extremism plaguing the Middle East as he visited Turkey on his first trip to the overwhelmingly Muslim but officially secular state.

Pope Francis makes first visit to Turkey

Ankara - Pope Francis begins his first visit to Turkey on Friday in a challenging trip aimed at building bridges with Islam and supporting the embattled Christian minorities of the Middle East.

Pope's 'pain' as second man accuses Spanish priests of abuse

Madrid - A second man has filed a complaint accusing a group of Catholic priests in Spain of sexual abuse in a case Pope Francis has said has caused him "great pain", a judicial source said Wednesday.

Pope slams 'state terrorism' and 'haggard' Europe

- Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists", just hours after he had taken a swipe at the "haggard" state of Europe.

Egypt's Sisi heads to Rome on first European visit

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for Rome Monday on his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that has killed hundreds.

Pope weighs in as Italy refugee influx accelerates again

Rome - Pope Francis weighed into Italy's immigration crisis on Sunday, warning the country it faced a "social emergency", as the influx of asylum seekers blamed for mob violence in Rome accelerated again.

Pope says Italy immigrant tensions a 'social emergency'

- Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a "social emergency" that will only get worse if it is not addressed.

Pope targeted by explicit protest on St Peter's Square

- Femen, the women's rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican.

'I smell' confession wins homeless right to papal showers

- Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless just next to St Peter's square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.

Pope urges G20 leaders not to forget the poor

Brisbane - Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders not to forget the poor, saying to do so would be "regrettable" as the heads of the world's most powerful economies prepare to meet in Australia.

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

- Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos.

Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

- Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.

The man who said no to free love: Paul VI heads towards sainthood

- Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, will be beatified on Sunday in his first step towards sainthood.

Setback for pope as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

- Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

- Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

Rome - Despite Pope Francis saying homosexuals have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community" and a push by LGBT rights groups for a more accepting Catholic Church, the Vatican has backed away from its "Welcoming Homosexual Persons" stance.

Catholic bishops snub Vatican on gays

- Catholic bishops said Tuesday that they remain fundamentally opposed to homosexual relationships, tempering the message of a landmark Vatican report calling for a more positive approach to gay believers.
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