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Pope Francis lands in UAE for historic visit

He will meet Muslim clerics, hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics

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Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to the United States, on Saturday said he had told Francis of the allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013

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Pope asks for forgiveness from victims of church abuse during Ireland tour

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Sunday for the “scandal and betrayal” felt by victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy as he toured Ireland where years of abuse scandals have shattered the Church’s former dominant role in society. On the first papal visit to Ireland in almost four decades, Francis met privately with eight…

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The Vatican has changed its teaching and now opposes the death penalty in all cases

The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move that is likely to be viewed askance in countries where capital punishment is legal. The 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church has allowed the death penalty in extreme cases for centuries, but the position began to…

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Archbishop of Karachi appointed as Cardinal in Vatican

Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts was elevated as Cardinal by Pope Francis on Thursday. He is one of the 14 Catholic churchmen from five continents who were promoted to the rank of cardinal. Born on July 21, 1945, Coutts is the second Pakistani ever to be elevated to the position of Cardinal after cardinal Joseph…

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Pope criticizes Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems. Speaking to Reuters, the Pope said he supported recent statements by US Catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents “contrary to our Catholic values”…

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Pope Francis elevates Karachi archbishop to cardinal rank

Pope Francis elevated the Archbishop of Karachi, Joseph Coutts, to the rank of cardinal. He is said to be the second Pakistani cardinal in the Catholic Church. Cardinals are nominated by the pope. They form the Sacred College, which then elects the succeeding popes. Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from…

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British toddler at centre of legal battle dies

Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on Saturday after doctors withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis. “Our baby grew his wings tonight at 2:30am (0130 GMT). We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support,” the mother, Kate James, wrote…

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Pope Francis admits ‘grave mistakes’ in Chile child sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made “grave mistakes” in his handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile as he looks to quell the latest controversy to rock the Roman Catholic Church, reported AFP. In a letter to 32 Chilean bishops released by the Vatican, Francis said he intended to summon them to Rome…

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Pope tells Karachi Christian he “daily prays for peace in Pakistan”

Islamabad: A Pakistani Christian whose selfie with the Pope has gone viral has spoken of his “heartache” at the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, and said the pontiff told him he was praying for peace. Daniel Bashir, a 26-year-old doctor in Karachi, told AFP he took the selfie with the leader of the world’s Catholics…

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Pope urges Middle East ‘reconciliation’ in Easter message

  Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday called for “reconciliation” in the Middle East, singling out the conflict in Yemen during his Easter message to the world. “We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and…

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Pope Francis faces tensions on trip over church abuse allegations

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile NEWS DESK: Pope Francis’ trip to South America this week is supposed to be all about peace, unity and hope. But the pontiff could also be welcomed with protests, threats…

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Christian community celebrating Christmas today

ISLAMABAD: Christian community across the world is celebrating Christmas today to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (A.S). Special services will be held in Churches across the country to celebrate the festival. Congratulating the Christian community on the Christmas day, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in their separate messages have…

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Pope Francis: Respect ‘status quo’ of Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, speaking hours before U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, on Wednesday called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected, saying new tension in the Middle East would further inflame world conflicts, reported Reuters. Trump is due on Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the…

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Pope says his defense of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that…

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Pope urges respect for rights, justice and ethnic diversity in Myanmar speech

Yangon: Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Myanmar to respect human rights, justice and different ethnicities in a keenly-watched public speech in a country waiting to see if he will address the Rohingya crisis head-on. Peace can only be achieved through “justice and a respect for human rights”, he said in an speech that also called…

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Pope faces diplomatic dilemma in Myanmar visit

Pope Francis visits Myanmar next week, a delicate trip for the world’s most senior Christian to a majority Buddhist country accused by Washington of the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim Rohingya people. He will also visit Bangladesh to where more than 600,000 people have fled from what Amnesty International called “crimes against humanity” including murder, rape…

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Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

VATICAN CITY: The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader’s status as one of the world’s biggest social media players. The total, spread across accounts in nine languages, leaves Francis neck and neck with his occasional online sparring partner US President Donald Trump (40.3…

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Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican’s first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters from four media organizations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in Rome, Libero Milone also…

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Canadian PM asks Pope Francis to apologize for Church treatment of aboriginal children

ROME: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologize to indigenous peoples for the Catholic Church’s treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there. Starting in the late 19th century, about 30 percent of children of Canada’s native peoples, or about 150,000 children, were placed in what…

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Trudeau seeks papal apology over Canada school abuse

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sought an apology over the abuse of indigenous Canadians at church-run boarding schools. A Canadian truth and reconciliation commission wanted an apology from the Roman Catholic Church in its extensive list of recommendations in a 2015 report. The report into a “cultural…

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