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Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die

Tuesday 25 July 2017 05:38

The parents of Charlie Gard dropped their legal battle to give the terminally ill British baby further treatment on Monday.


Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves at the end of a meeting with the victims of sex abuse, at the Quirinale hotel in Rome, Italy.
Top papal adviser charged with sexual assault in blow to Vatican

Thursday 29 June 2017 08:15

Australian police charged a top adviser to Pope Francis with multiple historical sex crimes on Thursday, in a case that poses a dilemma for the pontiff.


Pope marks World Refugee Day, calls for openness and bridge-building

Sunday 18 June 2017 15:21

Conducting his weekly Angelus prayer from the window of the papal apartments overlooking St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis urged the faithful to pray for migrants.


A woman walks past a mural signed by 'TV Boy' and depicting Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump kissing, on a wall in downtown Rome, Italy.
Mural of the Pope kissing Trump appears in Rome

Sunday 21 May 2017 13:33

The mural, which was painted on paper and pasted on to the wall during the night, was the latest work by street artists depicting the pope to appear in Rome in recent months.


Pope Francis says he believed "a good part of humanity" would be destroyed in any widespread war.
Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis

Sunday 30 April 2017 15:14

Pope Francis says a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington.


Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism

Saturday 29 April 2017 15:40

Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday, wrapping up a brief trip to Cairo where he urged Muslim leaders to unite against violence by Islamic militants.


Thousands of Egypt Catholics gather for Pope mass

Saturday 29 April 2017 10:31

Thousands of Egyptian Catholics waving the colours of the Vatican flag gathered amid tight security Saturday in a Cairo stadium where Pope Francis was to lead mass.


Pope Francis lands in Egypt in push for 'fraternity'

Friday 28 April 2017 16:54

Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on Friday to promote "unity and fraternity" with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist attacks.


Pope Francis leads the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Pope denounces "oppressive regimes" but urges restraint

Sunday 16 April 2017 17:02

Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts.


The blast in Egypt's second largest city came hours after a bomb struck a Coptic church in Tanta, a nearby city in the Nile Delta, killing 27 and wounding nearly 80.
Families gather after Egypt church attack, state of emergency approved

Monday 10 April 2017 15:13

Families of victims of Sunday's bombing at Alexandria's Coptic cathedral gathered at the Monastery of Saint Mina under heavy security on Monday.


Three-month state of emergency to be declared in Egypt

Monday 10 April 2017 05:33

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a three-month countrywide state of emergency would be imposed, after two deadly bombings hit Coptic churches on Palm Sunday


Pope decries war, terrorism and weapons as condemns Egypt blast

Sunday 9 April 2017 13:31

Pope Francis condemned a deadly blast at a church in Egypt and said at a Palm Sunday Mass that the world was suffering from wars, terrorism and "interests that are armed and ready to strike".


At least 400 people have died in six months of unrest which has hit the provinces of Kasai-Central, Kasai, Kasai-West and Lomami.
Pope Francis calls for peace in DR Congo

Sunday 2 April 2017 20:46

Pope Francis on Sunday called for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, urging an end to the bloodshed in the troubled Kasai region.


Head of the Catholic Church's Pope Francis is set to visit Africa.
Pope to visit war and famine hit South Sudan in October

Tuesday 21 March 2017 20:50

Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in October if the security situation in the country stricken by civil war and famine does not worsen, a bishop from the country said on Tuesday


Pope Francis apologises for Church role in Rwanda genocide

Monday 20 March 2017 18:27

Pope Francis on Monday asked Rwandan President Paul Kagame for forgiveness over the “sins and failings of the Church” during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.


Pope considering Egypt trip: Vatican

Saturday 11 March 2017 20:52

The Vatican is examining the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Egypt but no dates or schedule have been set.


Pope says wants to make trip to South Sudan with Anglican leader

Sunday 26 February 2017 20:48

Pope Francis said on Sunday he wants to make a trip to South Sudan together with the head of the Anglican Church to bring attention to the suffering of people stricken by civil war and famine.


Unlike his predecessors, who used bulletproof pope mobiles or limousines, Pope Francis uses ordinary cars on international trips.
Pope says will not increase security on travels despite risks

Sunday 8 January 2017 11:00

Pope Francis says he realises he may be the target of an attack but that he will continue to travel without bulletproof vehicles or heavy security because he wants to get close to people.


Pope Francis urged leaders to work together to fight the "plague of terrorism", saying in his New Year's address on Sunday that a bloodstain was covering the world as it started 2017.
Pope condemns Istanbul nightclub attack

Sunday 1 January 2017 14:37

Speaking to some 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square for his traditional noon address, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text to condemn the Istanbul nightclub attack.


At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to feel compassion for children, notably victims of war, migration and homelessness.
Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe on Christmas Eve

Sunday 25 December 2016 06:07

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division.


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