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Report: Pope 'not losing any sleep' over Vatican corruption

Pope Francis knows there is corruption in the Vatican but he doesn't lose any sleep over it, according to a report out Thursday in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Pope Francis denounces persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the persecution of the Rohingya people of Myanmar, just because they are Muslim.

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed.

Croatia's FM and Apostolic Nuncio hold talks

Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Friday received the Holy See's permanent representative to Croatia, Alessandro D’Errico, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of Croatia, according to a press release issued by the Croatian ministry.

Vatican lets homeless take shelter in church due to extreme cold

The Vatican is letting the homeless sleep in one of its churches in Rome so they can escape a cold snap, the Holy See said in a statement Friday.

McDonald's opens in the Vatican despite protests

A branch of the fast-food chain McDonald's opened in Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church, on Saturday despite protests from residents and cardinals.

Vatican welcomed 4 million visitors in 2016

In 2016, 4 million visitors travelled to Vatican City for religious events, the Prefecture of the Papal Household announced on Thursday.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: remember the needy children

Pope Francis called on worshippers to remember less fortunate children during a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope allows early release of priest convicted in VatiLeaks 2 affair

A Spanish priest who was the only person sentenced to jail over the so-called VatiLeaks 2 affair was granted an early release from prison by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Stier: Croatia and Vatican support Bosnia's EU path, equality of its constituent peoples

Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Davor Ivo Stier, met in Vatican City on Saturday with the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagher, discussing stability in Southeast Europe.

Pope gets 70,000 emails, meets homeless and mulls old age on birthday

Pope Francis mused about old age on Saturday, as he divided time on his 80th birthday between sitting down for breakfast with the homeless, leading Mass with cardinals and holding regular work engagements.

Vatican sets up emails to send 80th birthday wishes to Pope Francis

People who want to wish a happy birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 80 on Saturday, will be able to send him an email and may even write their message in Latin, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope writes to al-Assad: Spare civilians, let in humanitarian aid

Pope Francis has written a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urging him to spare civilians from violence and guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid deliveries, the Vatican press office said Monday.

Wood-rimmed glasses from Croatia gift to Pope for his 80th birthday

Pope Francis, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on 17 December, will be given an unusual present, glasses the rims of which are made of a twig from a 1600-year-old olive tree on the Croatian island of Brijuni, local media have reported.

Vatican places migrants' boat in 2016 Christmas Nativity scene

The European migration crisis features at the centre of the Vatican's Christmas Nativity scene this year, in a display that will be inaugurated at the Vatican's St Peter's Square on Friday.

Today's Europe is lacking forward-looking leaders, Pope Francis says

Europe today has no forward-looking leaders, according to Pope Francis, who hailed the postwar generation of politicians who laid the foundations of the European Union in an interview on Wednesday.

Pope Francis indefinitely extends priests' right to pardon abortion

Pope Francis on Monday indefinitely extended a provision that makes it easier for Catholics to seek a pardon for abortion, while insisting that the practice remains a "grave sin" for the Catholic Church.

Pope laments "virus of polarization" on naming new cardinals

Pope Francis warned of a "virus of polarization and hostility" within the Catholic Church and broader society on appointing 17 new cardinals in the Vatican on Saturday.

Pope Francis urges end of "terrible violence" in Syria and Iraq

Pope Francis issued a fresh call on Thursday for an end to the war in Syria and Iraq, as he welcomed to the Vatican a Christian leader from the region.

Cuba grants pardon to 787 prisoners at the request of Pope Francis

Cuba is to grant pardons to 787 prisoners in response to a call from Roman Catholic Pope Francis regarding the Holy Year of Mercy, the official Cuban Communist Party daily Granma said on its front page Tuesday.

Pope celebrates Mass to round off pilgrimage of homeless to Rome

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Vatican on Sunday to mark the end of a pilgrimage to Rome by 4,000 homeless people from all over Europe, denouncing their exclusion from society in his homily.

Pope meets veteran Italian abortion, divorce campaigner Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister who successfully campaigned for the legalization of abortion and divorce in the 1970s, was granted an audience by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

"We are all sinners:" Pope leads jubilee Mass with 1,000 prisoners

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica in front of more than 1,000 prison inmates on Sunday, in one of the final events of the Jubilee of Mercy, an 11-month Catholic festival that wraps up in two weeks.

Vatican chastises Catholic radio for "offensive" Italy quake remarks

Suggestions by an ultraconservative Catholic radio network that Italy has been punished by God with devastating earthquakes after legalizing gay unions are offensive and scandalous, a top Vatican official has said.

Vatican: Pope's Jubilee has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims

The Jubilee of Mercy, a year-long Catholic festival due to wrap up in two weeks, has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, a Vatican official said Thursday, dismissing claims it had been "a flop."

Pope to Europe: Don't take in more refugees than you can integrate

Pope Francis warned European governments on Tuesday not to take in more asylum seekers than can be integrated into their societies.

Pope Francis ends historic visit to Sweden after celebrating Mass

Pope Francis ended a historic two-day visit to Sweden on Tuesday by celebrating Mass in the southern city of Malmo, and calling for more unity among Christians.

Pope, Lutheran leaders commit to unity at Reformation commemoration

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders pledged to work for greater unity, push for justice and alleviate human suffering during joint commemorations of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden on Monday.

Pope, Lutheran leaders to meet in Sweden for Reformation anniversary

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders will commemorate once one of the most divisive events in the history of Christianity on Monday. The upcoming anniversary year gives them a chance to signal more unity between Catholics and Protestants.

Pope: "disconcerting" to see male and female roles being confused

Male and female roles must be clearly defined according to traditional Christian models of family life if society is to thrive, Pope Francis warned on Thursday.

Australian police fly to Vatican to interview senior cardinal

Australian police flew to the Vatican to interview a top cardinal over allegations of sexual assault that had been made against him.

Vatican: Cremating the dead is OK, but scattering of ashes is not

Catholics must not scatter the ashes of the dead or keep them at home, the Vatican reiterated in guidelines Tuesday, which confirmed that while cremations are not banned, traditional burials are preferable.

Protesters call for termination of Croatia-Holy See agreements

Around 400 people rallied in downtown Zagreb on Saturday to demand the termination of the agreements between Croatia and the Holy See which they said were harmful and negated provisions of the Constitution that define Croatia as a secular state.

Pope canonizes seven new saints, including 14-year-old martyr

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six men and a woman,

Pope denounces Christians who don't want refugees as "hypocrites"

People who call themselves Christians but do not want refugees at their door are hypocrites, Pope Francis said Thursday, amid reports of new tragedies involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Pope says he invited transsexual to Vatican, urges mercy towards gays

Pope Francis said Sunday he has made outreach gestures towards gays throughout his career within the Catholic clergy and even invited a transsexual for a private chat at the Vatican.

Pope arrives in Azerbaijan on last leg of Caucasus trip

Pope Francis landed Sunday in Azerbaijan, a majority Shia Muslim and former Soviet state that has become a major oil and gas supplier to Europe, on the last leg of a weekend trip to the Caucasus region.

Pope suffers Orthodox snub, denounces adultery in Georgia visit

Pope Francis wrapped up a two-day visit to Georgia on Saturday after suffering a stinging snub from the local Orthodox church and offering a ringing defence of marriage as "God's most beautiful creation."

Low turnout, Orthodox snub for Pope Francis' stadium Mass in Georgia

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in a Tbilisi stadium on Saturday that was attended by a few thousand people and deserted by the leadership of the Georgian Orthodox Church, in a surprising snub to the Vatican.

Pope's Georgia trip starts with appeals for peace, Antichrist signs

Pope Francis received Friday a mixed welcome in Georgia, at the start of a three-day trip to the Caucasus, a fissile post-Soviet region that straddles Europe, Russia and the Middle East, which he is touring to preach tolerance and peace.

Pope: Welcoming migrants is best insurance against terrorist acts

Opening the door to migrants is the best way to prevent "hateful acts of terrorism," Pope Francis said Saturday, reiterating his concern for the millions of people who are fleeing from poverty and conflict.

Deranged man rams car into St Peter's Square, demanding to see pope

A man with mental health issues broke the security barrier around St Peter's Square, ramming his car through a police checkpoint and demanding to be given an audience by Pope Francis, according to police and media reports.

Pope calls on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks

Pope Francis called on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks carried out in the name of god during a mass held for a Catholic priest killed in France in July.

Pope Benedict's vow of celibacy was no easy decision, says biographer

Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in 2013, struggled with his decision to take a vow of celibacy, the former pontiff's biographer said Wednesday.

Three Balkan states claim link to world's newest saint Mother Theresa

Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo have warmly welcomed Pope Francis' recognition of Mother Teresa as a saint on Sunday, with all three Balkan countries claiming links to the iconic nun.

Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis before huge crowd

Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who worked on behalf of the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata for a half-century, is declared a saint by Pope Francis.

Profile: Not-so-saintly Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun soon to be canonized, was reviled, as well as revered in her lifetime. For many she was an angel, but for some a fanatic and an anti-feminist who associated with dictators.

"Christian hero" Mother Teresa to be be made a saint by Pope Francis

In a grand ceremony that will attract huge crowds to St Peter's Square, the nun known as the "Angel of the Poor" is set to be canonized by the pontiff who once said he dreamt of "a poor church, for the church."

Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican to meet 20 former prostitutes

Pope Francis left the Vatican on Friday to visit a Catholic charity that is giving shelter to women rescued from forced prostitution, the Vatican said in a surprise announcement.

Pope Francis sets up committee to study women deacons issue

Pope Francis set up a committee on Tuesday to look into the historical role of female assistant priests, or deacons, in early Christianity, a highly controversial topic in the male-dominated Catholic Church.

Pope urges caution on Australian cardinal suspected of child abuse

Child abuse accusations against Australian Cardinal George Pell

It's not right to link Islam with terrorism, Pope Francis says

Islam is not a violent religion, and only a minority of its followers have embraced fundamentalism, Pope Francis said in an overnight press conference.

Many voices, many messages as World Youth Day nears big finish

It's not quite the Tower of Babel ... indeed, far from it. But when you mix thousands of Catholics from hundreds of countries at one festival, a lot of people are going to have a lot of things to say.

Silence as Pope Francis visits Auschwitz death camp

Silence reigned as Pope Francis visited the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Friday, an event seen by many as the emotional highlight of his trip to Poland.

Pope calls on "rebellious" youth to strive for change

Pope Francis in Poland on Thursday during the occasion of the World Youth Day festival called on young people to strive for a better world, telling them not to "throw in the towel."

Black Madonna pilgrimage focus of pope's second day in Poland

Like thousands of faithful before him, Pope Francis plans on Thursday to head to Czestochowa, Poland, to pray before the country's most important Catholic icon: the Black Madonna.

Pope Francis says world "at war" as he arrives in Poland

Pope Francis said "the world is at war" on a flight to Poland on Wednesday to take part in the World Youth Day celebrations in the city of Krakow.

Report: Police investigate top Vatican cardinal for child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric and a key figure in the Vatican under Pope Francis, is being investigated by police over child sex abuse allegations, broadcaster ABC reported Wednesday.

Ex-Fox News correspondent named next Vatican spokesman

A former correspondent for Fox News was on Monday named the next spokesman for the Vatican, while his deputy will - for the first time - be a woman.

Journalists cleared, leakers convicted in VatiLeaks 2 trial

A Vatican court convicts two of the three officials who leaked confidential documents and clears the two journalists who published them, in a verdict on the so-called VatiLeaks 2 trial.

VatiLeaks journalists on trial plead innocence, verdict due Thursday

Defence lawyers representing the two journalists on trial at the Vatican for exposing embarassing information about Catholic Church finances called Wednesday for non-guilty rulings, addressing the court on the eve of its verdict.

VatiLeaks 2: What the books behind the trial say on Church finances

The Vatican is far from Pope Francis' ideal of representing "a poor church, for the poor," according to the investigative journalism books at the centre of the VatiLeaks 2 trial, expected to end Thursday.

Prosecution makes sentencing requests in controversial VatiLeaks case

Four of the five defendants on trial for leaking sensitive information about the Catholic Church's finances should be convicted and given jail terms ranging from one year to three years and nine months, Vatican prosecutors said Monday.

Turkey accuses Pope Francis of "lies" after his "genocide" comment

The Turkish government accused Pope Francis of spreading "lies and slander" on Monday after he denounced the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as a "genocide."

Pope draws anger of Turkey over Armenian "genocide" comments

Pope Francis has provoked the anger of the Turkish government with his denunciation of the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I as a "genocide," with Turkey blasting his "crusader mentality" on Sunday.

Pope prays at Armenian massacre memorial after condemning "genocide"

Pope Francis paid his respects to Armenian massacre victims on Saturday during a visit to the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex in the capital Yerevan.

Pope Francis condemns Armenian "genocide" as he starts official visit

Pope Francis referred Friday to the mass killings of Armenians during 1915-16 as "genocide," addressing President Serzh Sargsyan and other dignitaries at the start of an official trip to Armenia, Vatican Radio reports.

Pope Francis to step into sensitive terrain with trip to Armenia

The leader of the Catholic Church will have to tread carefully as he visits a pioneer Christian nation whose people suffered mass persecutions 100 years ago and are still not living in peace.

Pope Francis: Majority of Catholic marriages invalid due to culture

Pope Francis said the majority of Catholic marriages are "invalid" at a question-and-answer session in the Diocese of Rome on Thursday night after a pastoral conference at the Lateran Basilica.

Catholic Church shoots down Italy's offshore migrant centres idea

Italy's idea to set up "floating" migrant screening centres on the Mediterranean is "unthinkable," a top Catholic Church official said Wednesday, calling on Europe to instead open its doors to refugees.

Top Muslim cleric meets Pope Francis in historic visit to Vatican

Pope Francis on Monday received the head of Egypt's al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning, in an unprecedented visit to the Vatican that appears to draw a line under years of difficult relations between the two institutions.

Belarusian president invites pope to meet with Russian-Orthodox head

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has invited Pope Francis to meet with the head of the Russian-Orthodox Church for a peace summit, state agency Belta reported Saturday.

Catholics should be able to boycott gay marriages, pope says

Public officials who are Catholic should not be obliged to celebrate gay marriages or civil unions, Pope Francis said Tuesday, his first public remarks on the issue since same-sex partnerships were legalized in Italy last week.

Pope to canonize Mother Teresa in St Peter's Square, Vatican confirms

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be officially elevated to Catholic sainthood during a September 4 Mass in St Peter's Square led by Pope Francis, the Vatican confirmed Friday.

Pope lays out vision for multicultural, socially conscious Europe

Pope Francis on Friday invited a "weary" Europe to renew itself by opening up to migrants and granting greater economic opportunities to young generations, as he received Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize.

Merkel: Pope calls on Europe to protect currency, borders, unity

Pope Francis has called on European leaders to act in order to safeguard Europe's integrity, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pointing to the need to protect the single currency and the bloc's borders, as well as showing humanity.

Pope Francis, an outsider who seeks to reawaken European spirit

This year's Charlemagne Prize, which is offered for services to promoting unity in Europe, is being given to the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina

Pope Francis to receive Charlemagne Prize for pro-Europe efforts

Pope Francis was due on Friday to be handed Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize, given each year to public figures who have made "exceptional" contributions to the cause of promoting European unity.

Pope expresses deep sorrow over "spiral of violence" in Aleppo

Pope Francis expressed sadness over the "spiral of violence" in Syria, particularly the northern city of Aleppo, where he said the "desperate humanitarian situation" had worsened.

Pope tells teens: no need to act tough or follow fashion to be happy

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass for tens of thousands of teenagers and offered them this piece of advice: acting tough like "heroes in films" or following the latest fashions will not make you happy.

Pope describes meeting with refugee whose Christian wife was killed

Pope Francis on Sunday described the emotional encounter he had with a Muslim man on the Greek island of Lesbos whose Christian wife was killed by extremists.

Pope comforts refugees in Lesbos, flies back to Italy with 12 Syrians

Pope Francis paid Saturday an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis, and offered shelter to 12 Syrians who boarded his plane back to Rome.

Pope says he just bumped into Sanders, insists he's not taking sides

Pope Francis said Saturday he had only a chance meeting with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and advised anyone suggesting that he was meddling with US politics to "seek a psychiatrist."

Pope Francis tells Lesbos migrants: "You are not alone"

Pope Francis says he travelled to Lesbos to tell the thousands of migrants and refugees on the Greek island that they are not alone and to raise global awareness about their plight.

Pope to take 10 refugees out of Lesbos, Greek television reports

Pope Francis began Saturday a five-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis, where he was going to enter a refugee centre and meet volunteers dealing with the influx.

Pope lands on Greek island of Lesbos for visit with migrants

Pope Francis' plane lands in Lesbos, the Greek island hosting thousands of migrants and refugees.

"Refugees aren't numbers," pope says as he leaves for Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis issued a call against indifference towards the plight of refugees, as he left Saturday for a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis.

Pope to enter "hotspot" migrant centre during trip to Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis will enter one of the controversial migrant sorting centres backed by the European Union during his Saturday visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, the Vatican said two days ahead of the trip.

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders headed to Vatican

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will visit the Vatican next week to attend a conference on social, economic and environmental issues, his campaign said Friday.

The Catholic Church's position on sex and the family

Marriages should last until death and abortion is not permitted. What else does the Catholic Church teach on sex, marriage and the family?

Pope Francis opens the way for less rigid approach towards divorcees

The Catholic Church cannot give up its dogmas but should be more understanding towards people, like divorcees, who lead lives that stray from its teachings, Pope Francis said in a key document Friday.

Vatican to release pope document on divorcees and homosexuals

The Vatican will unveil a papal document on Friday that is expected to soften the Catholic Church's message towards people who do not follow its teachings on family life, including divorcees and homosexuals.

FM optimist over Stepinac canonisation

Asked by reporters whether the date of Stepinac's canonisation would be made known, Kovac said that the talks would focus on the entire process. "I think that the prime minister and Holy Father will discuss that topic tete a tete. Personally, I'm an optimist."

Pope calls for understanding church ahead of document on divorcees

The Catholic Church needs to be in listening and understanding mode towards sinners, Pope Francis said Sunday, five days ahead of the publication of a document that may soften the Vatican's approach towards divorcees.

Pope decries "blind and brutal" terrorist violence in Easter message

Pope Francis recalled the plight of victims of terrorism and migrants and called for an end to global conflicts, in his traditional Easter day message and blessing, the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world).

Pope's global message: the Urbi et Orbi

The Urbi et Orbi message and blessing is one of the best-known rites of the Roman Catholic Church, delivered by popes at least twice a year, at Christmas and Easter.

Pope gifts sleeping bags to homeless, prepares for Easter Vigil Mass

Pope Francis had sleeping bags handed out to homeless people in Rome and was due to lead a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday as part of the run-up to Easter Sunday.

Pope issues inter-faith peace message as he washes feet of refugees

Pope Francis called for inter-religious tolerance as he performed Thursday the pre-Easter rite of the washing of the feet at a refugee centre outside Rome, casting it as a response to the recent terror attacks in Brussels.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta to become Catholic saint on September 4

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will enter the ranks of Catholic Church saints on September 4, the Vatican said Tuesday, after Pope Francis and cardinals held a consistory meeting on the issue.