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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.

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.

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.

China to hold Catholic conference after six-year hiatus

Bejing - China said Monday it will restart a conference of local Catholics, ending a years-long hiatus, as it expressed goodwill towards the Vatican after six decades of estrangement.

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to feel compassion for children, notably victims of war, migration and homelessness in his Christmas Eve mass but also those "not allowed to be born".

Order of Malta rebukes Pope Francis over investigation

Vatican City - The Order of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic institution, has criticised as "unacceptable" Pope Francis' announcement of an investigation into its affairs.

Pope tells Vatican to put women, lay experts into top jobs

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake-up.

Pope's new mission: buying his own shoes

Vatican City - Pope Francis was the toast of social media on Wednesday after successfully completing his latest groundbreaking mission: popping out of the Vatican to buy himself some new footwear.

First woman named to head Vatican Museums

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday named Italian Barbara Jutte as the next head of the Vatican Museums, making her the first woman to take charge of the Catholic Church's artistic treasures.

Pope, at 80, looks to 'joyous' old age

Rome - Pope Francis voiced hope for a "fruitful and joyous" old age at a mass for his 80th birthday on Saturday, as he received messages of congratulations from around the world."Old age sounds ugly, and causes fear.

Pope seeks common ground on Colombia peace deal with Santos, Uribe

Vatican City - Pope Francis brought together Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe at the Vatican Friday, without managing to persuade them to overcome their differences over an historic peace accord with FARC rebels.

Pope Francis hits 80 — and he's not slowing down

Vatican City - Pope Francis turns 80 on Saturday with no sign of slowing down in his drive to reshape the Catholic church to reflect his own vision of compassion and humility.

Pope invites Colombia's Santos and Uribe to Vatican

Estanzuela - Pope Francis has invited President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor Alvaro Uribe to the Vatican on Friday, Colombian officials said, in an apparent bid to strengthen the government's peace accord with FARC rebels.

Wish the pope a happy 80th, Vatican says

Vatican City - Want to wish Pope Francis many happy returns on his 80th birthday this week?Now you can, with special email addresses set up by the Vatican in eight languages, including Latin.

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Vatican City - A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.

Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and spread gossip to people sexually excited by excrement -- and described their readers as faeces eaters.

Pope Francis urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behaviour" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

Pope to visit Ireland in 2018 says PM Kenny

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Ireland in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday after meeting the pontiff in Rome.

Reform hopes as Vatican panel studies female deacons

Vatican City - A papal commission on the role of female deacons met for the first time Friday in a move reformers hope could open the door to women eventually entering the Catholic clergy.As things stand only men can serve as priests or as deacons.

Pope and Vietnam president meet in bid to warm ties

Vatican City - Pope Francis hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said.
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