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Pope heads to Milan hinterland to rally poor

Vatican City - Pope Francis visits Milan Saturday where he will meet families on a housing estate, nap in a prison and hold a mass for hundreds of thousands of believers in nearby Monza.

Pope warns EU 'risks dying' without new vision

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday warned European Union leaders the bloc risks dying without a new vision of the future based on the principles of solidarity on which it was founded.

Pope Francis to offer birthday counsel to troubled EU

Vatican City - European Union leaders will receive guidance from Pope Francis Friday, on the eve of the troubled bloc's 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome.

Pope to make Fatima child visionaries saints

Rome - Two child shepherds who claimed to have had holy visions in Fatima are to be made saints, possibly during Pope Francis's upcoming trip to the Portuguese pilgrimage site.

Pope to visit Egypt to meet imam, persecuted Copts

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to visit Cairo next month for talks with the grand imam of the capital's famed Al-Azhar mosque, but also to show solidarity with Coptic Christians targeted by violence in Egypt.

Pope tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.

Sluggish reforms blot pope's four-year report card

Vatican City - Elected in 2013 with a brief to reform a scandal-hit Vatican, Pope Francis has launched numerous initiatives but, four years later, he is still struggling to deliver real change.

Pope considering Egypt trip: Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican is examining the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Egypt, but no dates have been set, his spokesman said Saturday after Italian reports suggested the trip would happen in May.

Bishops ask Radio Vatican to restore services to Africa

Vatican City - African bishops have asked Radio Vatican, the official radio of the pope, to restore shortwave transmissions to the continent, the Catholic agency Fides reported on Friday.

Pope to head to Colombia September 6-11: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September, the Vatican said Friday, after the pontiff closely followed peace negotiations between the government and FARC rebels.

Pope Francis says may consider making married men priests

Berlin - Pope Francis said in an interview published Thursday that the church may consider ordaining married men who could potentially then work in remote areas faced with a shortage of priests.

Pope should ditch top cardinal over abuse row: church reform group

Rome - Pope Francis was urged by a prominent church reform group Monday to oust the head of a powerful Vatican department after accusations that senior officials blocked reforms approved by the pontiff to curb sex abuse.

Victim quits pope's abuse panel, slams 'shameful' Vatican

Vatican City - Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, resigned Wednesday from Pope Francis's child protection panel, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" blocking of reforms approved by the pontiff.

Pope makes historic visit to Rome Anglican church

Rome - Pope Francis attended a service at the All Saints' Church in Rome on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff in history to visit an Anglican church in the Italian capital.

Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

Vatican City - The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

Two ex-Vatican bank chiefs get suspended prison terms

Rome - Two former executives at the Vatican bank were handed four-month suspended prison sentences on Thursday over their role in dubious transactions dating from 2010.

Vatican to host menorah exhibition with Roman Jews

Vatican City - The Vatican and Rome's Jewish community on Monday presented an ambitious exhibition on the menorah which will bring together 130 works featuring the iconic Jewish candelabrum, an ancient symbol of the faith.

Pope calls for quick accord to end DR Congo violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers.

Vatican 'House of Cards' as pro and anti-pope factions clash

Vatican City - A real-life version of the hit political drama "House of Cards" is unfolding at the Vatican, from cardinals openly defying the pope to anonymous posters sullying his name.

Stop texting during mealtimes, pope tells youngsters

Vatican City - Pope Francis told youngsters Friday to get off their phones during family meals, warning that the death of face-to-face conversations can have dire consequences for society, even resulting in wars.

Pope willing to meet sides in Venezuela crisis: envoy

Caracas - Pope Francis is willing to meet with Venezuela's government and opposition to relaunch efforts to solve the country's volatile political crisis, a Vatican envoy said on Tuesday.

Pope Francis speaks out against 'insults'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday criticised the everyday use of "insults", an apparent reference to anonymous attacks he has faced over the last week in Rome.

Pope names envoy to Bosnian 'miracle' town

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday named a Polish archbishop as special envoy to a Bosnian town that has become a huge but controversial pilgrimage site thanks to reported appearances by the Virgin Mary.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Pope aide Pell hits out at 'anti-religion' agendas

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell Thursday hit out at calls that he return to Australia to assist in a child sex investigation into him, railing against "anti-religion" agendas.

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Vatican City - Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.

Italy police hunt authors of anti-pope posters

Rome - Italian police were on the hunt Monday for the authors of anti-pope posters which have been slapped around Rome, amid suspicions the campaign may be linked to an arch-conservative wing of the Catholic Church.

After dispute, Pope names new Knights of Malta liaison

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday named the Holy See's number three as his special delegate to the Knights of Malta, sidelining a conservative cardinal involved in a bitter dispute between the order and the Vatican.

Vatican expresses 'concern' on Trump's wall, travel ban

Rome - The Vatican on Wednesday voiced "concern" over President Donald Trump's executive orders to build a wall on the US-Mexican border and impose a travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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