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Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador

Vatican City - The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary.

Saintly bones, blood not for sale, Vatican warns

Vatican City - Those looking for gifts for Catholic loved ones this Christmas should steer clear of websites and shops peddling saintly remains, with the Vatican reminding sellers Saturday that hawking relics is forbidden.

Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pope renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over Jerusalem

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has sparked protests and clashes.

Pope urges help for poor, unwanted as Vatican lights Xmas tree

Vatican City - Pope Francis Thursday called for charity towards the poor and unwanted, as he inaugurated this year's Christmas tree, erected in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square.

Pope Francis defends Jerusalem 'status quo'

Vatican City - Pope Francis Wednesday defended the "status quo" of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.

Rohingya in Bangladesh look to pope to send them home

Cox's Bazar - A group of Rohingya Muslim refugees due to meet the Pope in Bangladesh on Friday have high hopes the encounter will put them on the path back home to Myanmar.

Vatican bank's deputy axed in papal reform mystery

Vatican City - The deputy director of the Vatican bank has been sacked, throwing yet another question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts for the Holy See's finances.

'Who is the pope?' ask Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - The plight of Rohingya refugees is the backdrop to Pope Francis' landmark visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh this week. But in the vast refugee camps on the border, there is puzzlement, with many asking: "Who is he?

Pope 'moral authority' undiminished after Myanmar visit: Vatican

The "moral authority" of Pope Francis is undiminished despite his failure to address the Rohingya crisis head-on during a visit to Myanmar, the Vatican said late Wednesday, defending a papal trip framed by the plight of the Muslim minority.

Pope sidesteps Rohingya crisis during Myanmar address

Nay Pyi Taw - Pope Francis urged respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya or the alleged ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country.

Pope to meet Myanmar's leader Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw - Pope Francis will hold talks with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, a key moment of a tour aimed at alleviating religious and ethnic hatreds that have driven huge numbers of Muslim Rohingya from the country.

Catholics hope Pope talks Rohingya, climate in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Dhaka's archbishop is confident that Pope Francis will use a rare visit to Bangladesh to underscore the plight of Rohingya refugees and those displaced by climate change.

Myanmar has 'no religious discrimination', army chief tells Pope

Yangon - Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing said he told Pope Francis his country had "no religious discrimination" after the pair met late Monday, in a papal visit framed by the exodus of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Myanmar has 'no religious discrimination', army chief tells pope

Pope Francis met Myanmar's powerful army chief on Monday at the start of a highly sensitive trip, with the military man saying he told the pontiff there was "no religious discrimination" in his country despite allegations of ethnic cleansing.

Pope arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

Pope Francis arrived in mainly Buddhist Myanmar Monday on a highly sensitive visit to a country facing sharp global criticism for the alleged ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Pope faces high-wire act as he lands in Myanmar

Yangon - Pope Francis flew to Myanmar on Monday in one of his most sensitive trips yet, as religious tensions fester in the mainly Buddhist nation that has bristled at global outrage over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Pope heads into Rohingya diplomatic minefield

Vatican City - Pope Francis plunges into a diplomatic minefield next week with visits to under-fire Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh amid mounting outrage over the plight of persecuted Rohingya Muslims.

Pope to visit as Baltic states mark 100 years of independence

Vilnius - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Baltic states next year, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania mark 100 years since they gained independence from Russia, the region's three presidents said Wednesday.

Pope to meet Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar in Dhaka when he visits the Bangladeshi capital next week, a Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.

Pope urges police to show 'mercy' in traffic stops

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday called on police to show "mercy" during traffic stops while standing firm against those who use the streets as their own Formula 1 race track.

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Rome - Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7,000 poor people at St.

Vatican opens fresh probe into 'sex abuse' at school

Vatican City - The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Doctors at Vatican to debate ethics of euthanasia

Vatican City - "We don't carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for," says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.

Pope denounces healthcare inequality in rich countries

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday took wealthy nations to task over unequal healthcare and systems which increasingly penalise all but the very wealthy.

Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini

Vatican City - Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile.

Pope warns of nuclear terror threat

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday renewed calls for global nuclear disarmament, warning that new technology had increased the risk of deadly weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.

Book details alleged sexual abuse in the Vatican

Rome - An Italian journalist acquitted in last year's so-called Vatileaks trial published Thursday a book detailing the attempts of a young whistleblower to report alleged sexual abuse.

Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living.

Al-Azhar's imam meets pope, vows to fight terrorism

Rome - The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar institution Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world's leading religious authorities, on Tuesday met Pope Francis and pledged greater cooperation to fight terrorism.The spiritual leader of the world's almost 1.
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