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Kenyan Catholics celebrate beatification of Italian nun

Nyeri - Tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in the Kenyan town of Nyeri on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood.

Controversial Salvadoran archbishop to be beatified

Sansalvador - Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero is set to be beatified Saturday, cementing his legacy among Catholics after decades of controversy over his defense of the poor and repressed, which divided both El Salvador and the Church.

Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

Sydney - Australia's former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis' finance chief, on Thursday denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse.

El Salvador's beatified Romero symbol of new Church

Sansalvador - Thirty-five years after he was gunned down while saying mass, controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified Saturday, held up by Pope Francis as a symbol of a Catholic Church dedicated to the poor.

Pope urges Chinese Catholics' allegiance to Rome

- Pope Francis called Wednesday on Chinese Catholics to remain attached to the "rock" on which the Church in Rome is built, in a move expected to rile Beijing."Ask Mary to help Catholics in China...

Australia child sex abuse inquiry told cardinal tried to bribe victim

Sydney - An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse heard Wednesday that the nation's former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis' finance chief, tried to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep him quiet.

Pope creates first Palestinian saints at Vatican mass

- Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Pope meets 'angel of peace' Abbas after treaty announcement

- Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, calling him "an angel of peace," days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine to the anger of Israel.

John Paul II's blood-stained cassock on display

Varsovia - The blood-stained cassock worn by the late pope John Paul II on the day of a failed assassination bid on May 13, 1981 at the Vatican went on display Wednesday in the Polish city of Krakow.

Pope says environmental sinners will answer to God

- Pope Francis on Tuesday warned "the powerful of the Earth" they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

Vatican's warming ties with Cuba helped thaw U.S. relations

- The Catholic Church was key in helping to broker the historic reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba, but its role in the communist island has not always been so easy.

Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediating thaw with US

- Cuban President Raul Castro met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman said.

Pope Francis to visit Chile in 2016

Santiago - Pope Francis will visit Chile in 2016, the South American country confirmed, after a meeting in Rome between its foreign minister and his Vatican counterpart.

Cuban leader Raul Castro to visit Pope Sunday

- Pope Francis will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican on Sunday, Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi announced."Raul Castro will be received in the morning for strictly private talks," the spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in charity in 2014

- The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.

Catholic Church and Pope Francis set to take on climate change

The Catholic Church is looking to convert the hearts and minds of those who deny climate change, seeking to convince them that the phenomenon is real and a grave threat.

Pope, UN chief urge action on global warming

Rome - Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced shock over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean and agreed on the need for tackling global warming, just weeks before the Vatican issues an official opinion on the controversy.

Pope to visit Cuba in September, says Vatican

- Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday.

Spilt coffee 'caused Serb president's plane plunge'

Belgrade - A co-pilot who spilt coffee on the instrument panel of the Serbian president's plane and then hit an emergency button while trying to mop it up, caused the jet to plunge, an investigation showed Tuesday.

Pope condemns resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe

- Pope Francis on Monday condemned a "worrying" resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and urged the continuation of dialogue between Christians and Jews.

Pope considering Cuba visit in September: Vatican

- Pope Francis, who played a role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, is considering a visit to Cuba as part of his US trip in September, the Vatican said Friday.

Pope Francis to tour Latin America in July

- Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday.

Vatican moves towards legal procedures to fight bishops who protect abusers

- The Vatican is preparing to introduce legal procedures to establish the responsibilities of bishops and Catholic hierarchy found guilty of protecting priests who have sexually abused children, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

EU parliament urges Turkey to recognise 'Armenian genocide'

Brussels - The European Parliament on Wednesday urged Turkey to use the centenary of Ottoman-era massacres to "recognise the Armenian genocide" and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

Turkey vows to ignore any EU parliament genocide resolution

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday warned the European Parliament it would ignore any resolution calling on Ankara to recognise the 1915 killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide.

France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy

Paris - France said Wednesday it stood by its choice to send a gay diplomat to the Vatican despite three months of silence from the Holy See over the appointment.

Erdogan angry over pope's genocide 'mistake'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope's use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again.

Defiant Turkey draws red line over Armenia genocide recognition

Istanbul - Rejecting worldwide pressure, Turkey has drawn a defiant red line in refusing to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide on the 100th anniversary year of the tragedy.

Turkey PM slams pope's 'one-sided' Armenia genocide comments  

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments after he used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Turkey recalls its Vatican envoy in genocide row

Ankara - Turkey on Sunday said it was recalling its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations in an escalating diplomatic row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
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