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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.

Pope riles Turkey by calling WWI slaughter of Armenians 'genocide'

- Pope Francis uttered the word "genocide" on Sunday to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, sparking anger from Turkey which summoned the Vatican's ambassador for an explanation.

Pope on diplomatic tightrope with Armenian genocide mass

- Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians with a special ceremony on Sunday, with all eyes on whether he will use the word "genocide".

Vatican, France in showdown over gay ambassador

- Three months after appointing an openly gay diplomat as France's ambassador to the Vatican, Paris is still waiting for the green light from Rome.

Pope hails Iran accord, urges end to 'absurd violence' in Easter message

- Pope Francis appealed Sunday for an end to what he called "absurd violence" around the world and called on the international community to stop the "immense humanitarian tragedy" in Syria and Iraq.

Pope demands action on 'humanitarian tragedy' in Syria and Iraq

- Pope Francis used his Easter address Sunday to urge the international community not stand by in the face of the "immense humanitarian tragedy" in Syria and Iraq.

Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

- Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.The leader of the world's 1.

Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday

Rome - The Pope led Catholics in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world at a Good Friday service in Rome, a day after 148 students and security officers were massacred by Shebab Islamists in Kenya.

Pizza-loving Pope piles on the pounds

Rome - Pizza-loving Pope Francis has been told to cut down and exercise more, reports said Thursday as the pontiff made the latest in a string of allusions to feeling weary.

Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

- Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

- Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

Pope Francis greets homeless at Sistine Chapel

- Dozens of homeless people were on Thursday treated to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, complete with a surprise appearance by Pope Francis himself, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable in society.

Pope Francis's 'half-miracle' in Naples

Naples - It was a miracle! Or maybe not. The dried blood of Naples' patron saint Januarius half-liquified Saturday during a ceremony when Pope Francis held and kissed the relic while on a visit to the southern Italian city.

Crowds welcome Pope in mafia country

Naples - Hundreds of thousands of people waving Vatican flags on Saturday greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security.
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