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Pope Francis launches consultation for ambitious Church reforms

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church has proposed the most ambitious attempt at Catholic reform in 60 years. A two-year process to consult every Catholic parish around the world on the future direction of the Church began at the Vatican this weekend. Some Catholics hope it will lead to change on issues such […]

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Pope Francis criticizes West’s involvement in Afghanistan and outsider’s imposition of democracy

Pope Francis criticized the West’s recent involvement in Afghanistan as an outsider’s attempt to impose democracy. In a radio interview aired Wednesday, Pope Francis was asked about the new political map taking shape in Afghanistan after the United States and its allies withdrew from the Taliban-controlled country after 20 years of war. The Pope said […]

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Pope Francis receives letter containing three pistol bullets

An envelope addressed to Pope Francis containing three pistol bullets has been seized in a mail sorting facility close to the northern Italian city of Milan, police said on Monday. Postal workers called the police after intercepting the envelope overnight in the small town of Peschiera Borromeo. Reuters reported that the envelope, sent from France, […]

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Pope Francis delivers weekly Sunday prayer from hospital window

Pope Francis appeared in public on Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery for colon diverticulitis last week, as he held his weekly Angelus prayer from a hospital window. “I am happy to be able to keep the Sunday appointment of the Angelus, even here from the Gemelli Polyclinic,” the Pope said speaking from […]

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Rebel Roman Catholic priests will continue to bless same-sex couples, defying Vatican orders

Rebel Roman Catholic priests are leading a disobedience campaign against the Vatican saying they would carry on blessing same-sex couples in defiance of Church orders. On Monday the Vatican said priests cannot bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are not valid, in a ruling that disappointed gay Catholics who had hoped their Church was becoming […]

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Pope Francis lands in Iraq for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation

Pope Francis landed in Iraq for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is expected to meet with members of the country’s dwindling Christian community and draw attention to their plight. The trip, which marks the first-ever papacy visit to Iraq, also includes meetings with the country’s top political and religious officials. It […]

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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 […]