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Argentina's debts, poverty on menu as Pope welcomes leader

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday received Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez to the Vatican with his compatriot keen to address poverty and Buenos Aires' debts during private talks.

Thousands of Catholic faithful in Brazil celebrate first female saint

Salvador - Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful flocked to a football stadium in Brazil Sunday to celebrate the Vatican's canonization into sainthood of Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, dubbed the "mother of the poor.

Pope transfers Nicaraguan bishop threatened for criticizing president

Managua - A bishop who is an outspoken critic of Nicaragua's government and has received death threats for helping protesters is being transferred to Rome, the Catholic Church said Wednesday.

For years 'nobody remembered him' says new saint's brother

Sansalvador - What Gaspar Romero remembers most about his brother's funeral was the thump of explosions in a crowded plaza, the rattle of gunfire, the screams of the crowd -- and that in the midst of it all, Archbishop Oscar Romero was buried "in a rush.

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Santiago - The Vatican's top investigator called Tuesday for justice for child sex abuse victims of Chile's Catholic Church as fresh cases involving pedophile priests came to light.

Top Vatican abuse investigator has surgery in Chile

Santiago - The Vatican's top abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, had emergency surgery Wednesday shortly after his arrival in Chile to investigate a controversial bishop, the Catholic Church said.

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