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Pope calls for quick accord to end DR Congo violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers.

Vatican 'House of Cards' as pro and anti-pope factions clash

Vatican City - A real-life version of the hit political drama "House of Cards" is unfolding at the Vatican, from cardinals openly defying the pope to anonymous posters sullying his name.

Stop texting during mealtimes, pope tells youngsters

Vatican City - Pope Francis told youngsters Friday to get off their phones during family meals, warning that the death of face-to-face conversations can have dire consequences for society, even resulting in wars.

Pope willing to meet sides in Venezuela crisis: envoy

Caracas - Pope Francis is willing to meet with Venezuela's government and opposition to relaunch efforts to solve the country's volatile political crisis, a Vatican envoy said on Tuesday.

Pope Francis speaks out against 'insults'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday criticised the everyday use of "insults", an apparent reference to anonymous attacks he has faced over the last week in Rome.

Pope names envoy to Bosnian 'miracle' town

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday named a Polish archbishop as special envoy to a Bosnian town that has become a huge but controversial pilgrimage site thanks to reported appearances by the Virgin Mary.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Vatican City - Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.

Italy police hunt authors of anti-pope posters

Rome - Italian police were on the hunt Monday for the authors of anti-pope posters which have been slapped around Rome, amid suspicions the campaign may be linked to an arch-conservative wing of the Catholic Church.

After dispute, Pope names new Knights of Malta liaison

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday named the Holy See's number three as his special delegate to the Knights of Malta, sidelining a conservative cardinal involved in a bitter dispute between the order and the Vatican.

Vatican expresses 'concern' on Trump's wall, travel ban

Rome - The Vatican on Wednesday voiced "concern" over President Donald Trump's executive orders to build a wall on the US-Mexican border and impose a travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Knights of Malta accept chief's resignation after Pope row

Rome - The Knights of Malta's sovereign council has officially accepted its chief's resignation, the Order said Saturday, following a month-long bitter power battle linked to a row over condoms.

Pope Francis to no longer grace Vatican euro coins

Vatican City - The Vatican will stop minting euro coins bearing Pope Francis' image beginning in March, religious news agency I media reported Friday, saying the coins will now carry the Vatican's coat of arms and European Union stars.

Pope axes Knights chief in condoms row

Vatican City - The head of the Knights of Malta has resigned at the request of Pope Francis, the Order said Wednesday, ending a bitter power battle linked to a row over condoms.

Pope Francis lashes Italian mafia's 'blood-stained money'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday blasted the "money stained with blood" and "evil power" wielded by Italian organised crime as he met the heads of the country's anti-mafia squad.

Pope Francis calls on Trump to help poor and outcasts

Vatican City - Pope Francis congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration Friday, urging the new president to keep fighting for the poor at a time of "grave humanitarian crises.

Lances drawn in condoms row: Pope's duel with Knights intensifies

Vatican City - Pope Francis's duel with the Knights of Malta intensified Tuesday as he backed an investigation into the ancient order, which has questioned the legitimacy and make-up of the panel carrying out the probe.

Pope admits to 'darkness' in own faith

Guidonia - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values.

Abbas warns over Trump US Israel embassy move

Vatican City - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Saturday that moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would deal a huge blow to hopes for Middle East peace.

Vatican McDonald's row ends with hamburgers for homeless

Vatican City - A controversial branch of McDonald's that opened recently near the Vatican is to serve hamburgers to the homeless under an initiative with a local charity.

Abortion to save looks: Pope takes aim at beauty cult

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday took aim at the modern world's obsessions with power, success and beauty, citing the example of a woman who had an abortion to preserve her looks.

Pope to host Palestinian president Abbas on January 14

Vatican City - Pope Francis will grant Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, the Holy See confirmed indirectly Tuesday by announcing arrangements for media coverage of the visit.

Pope slams jihadist attacks as 'homicidal madness'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday described jihadist attacks around the world as "homicidal madness" and urged religious leaders to reassert that "one can never kill in God's name".The leader of the world's 1.

Pope tells women to feel free to breastfeed in church

Vatican City - Pope Francis encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church."The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry. That's the way it is," the pontiff said.

Rebuild hearts as well as homes, pope tells quake victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis stressed the importance of rebuilding "hearts as well as homes" on Thursday, as he welcomed to the Vatican several thousand people affected by Italian earthquakes.

McDonald's crosses cardinals to offer 'Big Vac'

Rome - McDonald's is dishing up "hallowed" hamburgers after the Vatican backed it in a fight with cardinals over a new outlet at the foot of the tiny city state in Rome.

Pope on sex abuse: 'zero tolerance' means just that

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday defended the Catholic Church's much-vaunted "zero tolerance" approach to abuse, while admitting the ancient institution had so far lacked the courage to go all out on stopping paedophile priests.

Top official urges independent Chinese Catholic Church

Bejing - Catholics in China should build a more independent, socialist church, a senior Beijing official has said, as the government remains at odds with the Vatican on the issue of ordaining bishops.
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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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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Aung San Suu Kyi receives an audience with the Pope on October 28, 2013.
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