The Papacy

 

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

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TIRANA Albania - Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armour of God".

Argentine President said received Islamic State threats

ROME - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said during a trip to the Vatican on Saturday she had received threats by the Islamic State due to her friendship with compatriot Pope Francis and for recognizing both Israel and Palestine.

World, Top News 21 Sep 2014

Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

World, 14 Sep 2014

Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

REDIPUGLIA Italy - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction.

Top News, World, 13 Sep 2014

Pope to visit Turkey in November, first trip to a Muslim nation

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul at the end of November, his first trip to a predominantly Muslim nation, the Vatican said on Friday.

World, 12 Sep 2014

Pope accepts resignation of head of scandal-plagued Irish church

ROME - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican said on Monday, drawing a line under a career plagued by accusations that he kept quiet about the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

World, 08 Sep 2014

Church rebukes Venezuela Socialists over 'sinful' Chavez prayer

CARACAS - Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church has admonished the ruling Socialist Party for re-writing the Christian "Lord's Prayer" into an ode to its beloved late leader Hugo Chavez.

World, 05 Sep 2014

Pope Francis grieving for relatives killed in Argentina crash

BUENOS AIRES - Pope Francis was deeply grieved, the Vatican's official broadcasting service said on Tuesday, after the deaths of three relatives killed when their car slammed into the back of a truck on a highway in central Argentina.

World, 19 Aug 2014

Pope says legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

ROME - Pope Francis said on Monday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict.

World, Iraq, 19 Aug 2014

Pope urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China

SEOUL - Pope Francis on Monday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years.

World, 18 Aug 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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