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Pope scolds clergy over their part-time availability

Vatican City - Clergymen should make themselves available to their flocks day and night instead of keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Pope mourns nameless drowned girl, shipwreck orphans

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean.

Pope prays to 'convert hearts' of IS jihadists

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.During his weekly audience in St.

Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting

Vatican City - Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.

Azhar imam to urge tolerance in historic pope meeting

Cairo - The deputy of Al-Azhar's grand imam in Egypt said on Sunday the top Muslim cleric will bear a message of tolerance when he meets Pope Francis in Rome.

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in France.

Pope Francis to receive Sunni Muslim leader at Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to meet the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar at the Vatican on Monday in an unprecedented encounter between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam.

Pope rules out early resignation for French cardinal in paedophilia storm

Paris - Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.

Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

Vatican City - Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents.

Pope ally sees Church 'split in two' over female deacons

Vatican City - Pope Francis's signal that he is open to the possibility of allowing women to enter the Catholic clergy as deacons will trigger fierce debate and deep division in the Church, one of his closest allies was quoted as saying Friday.

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Thursday he would set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy, in his latest potentially historic opening on a vexed issue for the Church.

Papal envoy preaches peace at Baltic NATO base

Siauliai - The most senior cardinal in the Vatican met NATO troops in Lithuania on Saturday, delivering a message of peace in the Baltic region amid tensions with Russia.

Pope asks missionary doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

Vatican City - Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which "being a migrant is not a crime", as he urged EU leaders to "tear down the walls" and build a fairer society.

Biden takes 'Moonshot' cancer campaign to Vatican

Vatican City - US Vice President Joe Biden won Pope Francis's backing Friday for advances in cancer treatment to be made available to everyone, as he brought his "Moonshot" campaign to the Vatican.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Cuba cardinal, key to better U.S. ties, steps down

Havana - Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Catholic church's top official in Havana and a promoter of closer ties with the United States, will be leaving the post, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Pope tells teens 'happiness not an app'

Vatican City - Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth."Freedom is not always about doing what you want.

Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

Odyssey that ended with a Muslim family in Rome as pope's guests

Rome - They left war-ravaged Syria, family and friends behind them. France was where they were aiming for. A Greek island was where they ended up.

Pope in new blast at West's indifference to refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday blasted the indifference of Western society to the plight of refugees in another powerful intervention in the migrant crisis engulfing Europe.

Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life

Vatican City - The 12 Syrian asylum seekers Pope Francis brought back with him from Lesbos are settling into new lives, with Italian lessons and strolls around Rome, their hosts said Monday.

Pope says his help for Syrian families 'a drop in the ocean'

Pope Francis, who visited the Greek migrant hotspot island of Lesbos Saturday, took three Syrian families with him on the papal plane back to the Vatican, describing the move as a "humanitarian gesture... (but) a drop in the ocean.

Sanders briefly meets pope at Vatican

Washington - Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders briefly met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday, using the lightning visit to align his White House bid with the popular pontiff's advocacy of a "moral economy.

Pope, Patriarch's Greek island visit to highlight refugee plight

Mytilene - Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew fly to Lesbos on Saturday for a visit that will again turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis.

Lesbos island: From tourist spot to migrant and VIP hotspot

Atenas - The Greek tourist island of Lesbos was once known to Greeks mainly for its potent ouzo, and to the rest of world as the homeland of Sappho, the seventh century poet who immortalised love for women.

Pope heads back to migrant crisis frontline

Vatican City - Pope Francis was urged Thursday to speak out against the European Union's deal to send migrants back to Turkey when he visits Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of the crisis.

Pope heads to Lesbos to show 'solidarity' with Greeks, migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide Wednesday to pray for his upcoming trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis, saying he wanted to show "solidarity" with the refugees and the Greek people.

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan later this year, the Vatican announced Saturday, amid tensions in the region following a flare-up of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Sanders to attend Vatican conference on social justice

Washington - Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will break from the campaign trail next week to attend a Vatican-hosted conference on social and environmental issues, his campaign announced Friday.
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