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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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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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IN PICTURES: Pope Francis witness empty St. Peter’s Square in Vatican

St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, where usually tens and thousands of people gathered to take look at Pope and harbour his blessings, was eerily empty in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis also walked the otherwise empty streets of Rome on Sunday, and visited two churches amid Italy’s lockdown due to the coronavirus. […]

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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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Vatican unseals the archives of history’s most controversial pope

The Vatican unseals the archives of history’s most contentious popes on Monday, potentially shedding light on why Pius XII stayed silent during the extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Two hundred researchers have already requested access to the mountain of documents, made available after an inventory that took more than 14 years for […]

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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 […]