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"Please stop!", Pope Francis makes plea for peace

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ROME - Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

ROME - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.

World, 27 Jul 2014

Pope calls for justice in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish centre

BUENOS AIRES - Pope Francis called for justice to be served in his native Argentina on Friday, the twentieth anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish commuity centre that local courts blamed on Iran.

World, 19 Jul 2014

Pope says about two percent of priests are paedophiles - paper

ROME - About two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying, adding that the pontiff considered the crime "a leprosy in our house".

World, 13 Jul 2014

Vatican makes "new generation" cardinal head of key German archdiocese

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a "new generation" of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday.

World, 11 Jul 2014

Vatican restructures scandal-hit bank, French financier is new head

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said on Wednesday it will separate its bank's investment business from its Church payments work to try to clean up after years of scandal including allegations of money laundering and tax evasion.

World, 09 Jul 2014

Vatican bank clean-up and account closures wipe out profit

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican bank has blocked the accounts of more than 2,000 clients and ended some 3,000 "customer relationships" as part of a clean-up process that nearly wiped out its profit, its 2013 financial statement showed on Tuesday.

World, 08 Jul 2014

Pope begs forgiveness for "sacrilegious cult" of church sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.

World, 07 Jul 2014

Pope to hold first meeting with sexual abuse victims

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion.

World, 07 Jul 2014

Pope calls exploitation of nature a sin of our time

CAMPOBASSO Italy - Pope Francis called for more respect for nature on Saturday, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

World, 05 Jul 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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