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Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a joyride in his popemobile to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience Wednesday and zoomed around St. Peter’s Square with them in the […]
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Best places to eat near Vatican City

There are a handful of religious sites around the world that every traveler should see, regardless of their beliefs or background. Vatican City is one of those. While you walk on the holy cobblestones, however, you’re far more likely to hear echoes of vendors barking “tickets” and “skip the line” than you are to hear angels singing soothing melodies. But if you know where to look, the Roman area around the Vatican offers secluded beauty, incredible food, and locations where you can take some ...
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Sri Lanka bombings: Intelligence blunder ahead of terror attack that killed more than 200

Almost 300 killed - everything we know so far Victims: mother and son among five Britons killed in explosions Intelligence on threat not passed on to Sri Lankan government Reconstruction: How attacker waited at buffet before detonating  World leaders and cricket stars have reacted with horror Key intelligence on a possible terrorist attack was not passed onto the Sri Lankan government weeks before at least 290 people were killed in a wave of Easter Sunday suicide bombings on churches and five-st...
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Photos: Easter Services Around The World

Christians gathered Sunday to mark the the end of Holy Week and celebrate Easter. Pope Francis addressed a crowd of nearly 70,000 people at St. Peter's Square and denounced the violence in Sri Lanka.(Image credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Easter Sunday Bombs in Sri Lanka Target Christians and Tourists, Kill Hundreds

REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteA series of coordinated bomb blasts at churches and hotels across Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and left hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in one of the worst bouts of violence in the island nation since civil war ended a decade ago.Four luxury hotels and three Catholic churches were among the highly populated areas that were targeted, according to the Associated Press. Officials told the AP that at least two of the blasts were carried out by suicide bomber...
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Easter marred by Sri Lanka bombs, pope says in condemning blasts

Francis, speaking to a crowd of about 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square, also urged politicians to shun a new arms race that was budding and to welcome refugees fleeing hunger and human rights violations. The blasts in Sri Lanka, which hospital and police officials said killed at least 138 people and wounded more than 400 people, followed a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. "I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely toda...
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Greta takes climate change campaign to Vatican, meets pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has brought her climate change campaign to the Vatican, where she met with Pope Francis and carried a sign saying “Join the climate strike.” Thunberg arrived late for Francis’ general audience on Wednesday and took her seat in the VIP section in St. Peter’s Square. […]
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Pope Francis lets people kiss his ring again after video controversy

Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring two days after video showed him pulling his hand away Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, two days after a video showing him pulling his hand away from several faithful drew criticism.Some conservative critics of the pope feel Francis is abandoning church doctrine and tradition, and seized on him jerking his hand away from Catholics seeking to kiss h...
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Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy

Victims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to addres...
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Pope calls for protection of human trafficking’s victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has exhorted governments to root out the causes of human trafficking and protect victims. Francis made the appeal while addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. He encouraged people to denounce instances of exploitation and modern slavery and to resist indifference to victims’ suffering. He said many Catholic […]
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Pope Francis expresses sorrow after 170 feared dead in Mediterranean

Pontiff asks St Peter’s Square to pray for the drowned victims and those responsiblePope Francis has expressed sorrow over the 170 people feared drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.The UN refugee agency has said 117 died or were missing after a smuggler’s dinghy sank off Libya on 18 January and that 53 others died when another boat capsized in the western Mediterranean a few days earlier. Continue reading...
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Tourists, Romans gather in St. Peter’s Square to hear pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Thousands of tourists and Romans have gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’s Christmas message to the world. Police waved metal-detecting wands as the faithful waited patiently to enter the vast square on a sunny, mild day ahead of the Tuesday noon appearance. Metal-detecting machines were also deployed under the […]
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Indonesia tsunami: 222 dead and 'many missing' after Anak Krakatau erupts – latest updates

Volcanic activity believed to have sent a wave crashing into villages and hotels in the popular tourist area on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Follow all the developments hereFull report: Tsunami hits Sunda Strait beaches, leaving dozens dead in Indonesia 4.58pm GMT We’re wrapping up the blog for the evening. Here’s a summary of what has happened. 4.39pm GMT Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the tsunami that struck Indonesia, the Associated Press reports. Francis tol...
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Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants. He told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that the non-binding accord serves as a reference point for the international community, which he hopes will act with “responsibility, solidarity and […]
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This Year’s Vatican Nativity Scene Was Sculpted Out Of Sand

Artist Rich Varano said the 720-ton display in St. Peter's Square is meant to be "ephemeral."
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The Mysterious Holy Veil of Manoppello

The Shroud of Turin is known throughout the world. There are, however, other burial cloths said to be from the time of Christ and directly related to the Passion and death of Our Lord. Other than the Shroud of Turin, however, only one of these purported relics has an image upon it and that is the Holy Veil of Manoppello. In a remote Italian village of Manoppello there is a cloth which until recently was largely unknown to the majority of Christians. A body of research has been growing, however, ...
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Pope condemns the "wealthy few" who hoard the riches that "belongs to all"

Pope Francis continues his streak of fighting for economic justice (though he's an unrepentant monster on abortion, women's rights, and the rights of queer people). His sermon last Sunday lamented the plight of exploited people, indigent people and migrants, blaming "the wealthy few" for hoarding the riches that "in justice, belongs to all." The sermon was delivered to 6,000 invited poor people, 1,500 of whom were fed afterwards at a Vatican lunch; it's part of the Pope's anti-poverty init...
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Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California’s wildfires and freezing weather on the U.S. East Coast. Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, including pilgrims from New York and New Jersey. Francis prayed that “the Lord welcome the deceased into his peace, comfort family members and […]
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Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter’s Square for the sculpture, which will be the centerpiece of the […]
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Pope warns against telling lies, says ‘to gossip is to kill’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of “terrorism” and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against “bearing false witness” during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. Peter’s Square that “We all live by communicating, and we are […]
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Pope decries attack on Christian worshippers in Egypt

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the attack on pilgrims in Egypt, saying they were killed “for being Christians.” Francis invited faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday to pray with him for the seven slain as they were making their way to a remote Orthodox Coptic monastery. Christians make up about 10 percent […]
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Police: Synagogue Gunman Said He Wanted All Jews To Die

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue told officers that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to a charging document made public early Sunday. Robert Gregory Bowers killed eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday during worship services before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him, police said in the affidavit, which contained some previously unreported details on the sh...
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Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the “inhuman act of violence” and praying for an end to the “flames of hatred” that fueled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, a day after a gunman who […]
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Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Elevated To Sainthood

In a ceremony at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis declared the sainthood of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop, the former pontiff and five other people. (Image credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis canonises Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

Romero, assassinated hero of the Latin American left, and Paul, who cemented church’s opposition to contraception, among seven new saintsPope Francis has made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century – the murdered Salvadoran archbishop Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the church’s most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception.In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Fra...
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Pope compares abortion to hiring a hitman

Pope Francis compared abortion to hiring a "hitman to solve a problem" during his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'

Pope Francis has likened abortion to “hiring a contract killer” in some of his strongest remarks yet on the subject. It was not fair to “take out a human life to solve a problem”, he said. “Is it fair to hire a contract killer to solve a problem? It is not fair. We cannot take out a human being, even if it is small."  The remarks, delivered during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, were unscripted and diverged from his prepared text. The comments are likely to be welcomed by conservative ...
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Pope compares having an abortion to hiring a hitman

Pope Francis compared abortion to hiring a "hitman to solve a problem" during his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Pope compares having an abortion to 'hiring a hit man'

Abortion is a raging political battle in a number of countries, including the United States, where many conservatives hope the Supreme Court will eventually overturn the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Francis made his off-the-cuff comments on abortion, some of his toughest to date, in an address to tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his weekly general audience. "I ask you: 'Is it right to 'take out' a human life to solve a probl...
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