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Pope Francis appoints 13 new cardinals, including first African-American

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, expanding the group that will one day elect his successor. The cardinals were installed in a ceremony, known as a consistory, that was markedly slimmed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead […]

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Vatican investigates Pope Francis’ Instagram account after it ‘liked’ picture of Brazilian model

The Vatican has called for an investigation after the Pope’s official Instagram account “liked” a photo of a Brazilian model. It is unclear when the account “liked” the image of Natalia Garibotto. News outlets first started reporting the move last Friday, before the image was “unliked” on the platform. Vatican officials are now investigating how […]

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“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family”: Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions, his remarks came in a documentary called Francesco that was released on Wednesday. “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable […]

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Pope Francis calls for global solidarity on Easter shadowed by coronavirus

Pope Francis has called for global solidarity to fight the coronavirus crisis in his Easter message read to an empty St Peter’s Basilica. “This is not a time for indifference. Because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united,” the pontiff said in a message broadcast online. He warned that the EU risked […]

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Pope Francis stands alone at Saint Peter’s Square amid the coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter’s Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. “Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a […]

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Pope Francis to deliver Christmas and Easter like prayer on Wednesday to stop coronavirus

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing – normally given only at Christmas and Easter – and called for worldwide prayer to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Francis made the surprise announcement in his weekly Angelus message, which he has […]

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Vatican confirms 1st coronavirus case as Pope recovers from cold

The Vatican confirmed the walled city-state’s first case of the new coronavirus on Friday and closed some offices as a precaution while Pope Francis continued recovering from a cold. Vatican City’s health clinic, which is used by Vatican employees and their families, was shuttered for sanitizing following the positive test result received Thursday, Vatican spokesman […]

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Pope Francis sacks Kerala priest from all duties who raped minor

Pope Francis has sacked Kerala priest Robin Vadakkumchery, a rape convict, from all priestly duties and rights. Vadakkumchery, who was the priest of St Sebastian Church at Neendunoki, in Kerala’s Kannur district, was last year convicted of raping a minor girl. He was jailed for 20 years and fined Rs 3 lakh by the Thalassery […]

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Pope Francis skips retreat, spotted coughing, sneezing amid coronavirus scare

Pope Francis cancelled his participation in a spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials as he was suffering from a cold. According to news agencies, this is the first time Pope Francis has faced a significant health issue since his election in 2013. This is also the first time Pope Francis is missing the retreat, which […]