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On Good Friday, Pope focuses on human trafficking

Around 20,000 Christians participated in the procession in Rome

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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’s envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

The Vatican’s top investigator called Tuesday for justice for child sex abuse victims of Chile’s Catholic Church as fresh cases involving pedophile priests came to light. Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna spoke as he wound up a weeklong mission to Chile, where a child sex abuse scandal has rocked the Church. “Investigating is a duty of…

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Pope warns energy bosses of global destruction without fuel shift

Pope Francis warned that climate change risked destroying humanity on Saturday and called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe. “Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization,” the pope told top oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican….

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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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Pope vows ‘change’ in Chile church after paedophile scandal

Pope Francis on Thursday promised “changes” to the Chilean church to “restore justice” following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy. However in a short letter addressed to 34 Chilean bishops, whom the Argentinian pontiff met in groups from Tuesday to Thursday, he gave no indication of eventual consequences for those…

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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, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Pope Francis arrives to lead the First Vespers and Te Deum prayer in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions, reported Reuters….

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Pope’s Christmas message seeks peace in Jerusalem

Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas address on Monday called for peace in Jerusalem and highlighted the plight of children scarred by conflict, having earlier urged the world’s Catholics not to ignore the conditions migrants face. Tens of thousands of worshippers gathered at the Vatican to hear the pontiff’s fifth “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City…

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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 says he ‘wept’ while meeting Rohingya refugees

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told…

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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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Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis surprised 20 former prostitutes on Friday by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat. The Argentine, who has repeatedly described the human trafficking behind much prostitution as “a crime against humanity”, sat down with the group, including four women from Albania, seven from Nigeria and six…

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Pope appeals for end to ‘slavery’ of child labour

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to the international community to redouble efforts to end the “modern slavery” of child labour. The pontiff was speaking on World Day Against Child Labour, sanctioned by the International Labour Organization. “We must all relaunch efforts to remove the causes of this modern slavery”, he said in his…

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Pope criticizes West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis criticized Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures, according to an interview published on Monday. Speaking to France’s Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix, Francis also said Europe should better integrate migrants and praised the election…

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Pope opens door for divorced but slams it shut for gays

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Friday opened doors for divorced and cohabiting Catholics but slammed one shut for gay believers in new Church guidelines on family life. In his 260-page “apostolic exhortation”, an update of Church teaching and practice likely to disappoint some Catholic modernisers, Francis strongly reiterates the Church’s opposition to the legal recognition…

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Pope condemns Lahore suicide bombing

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday appealed to Pakistani authorities to step up security for religious minorities after the “abhorrent” suicide bombing which killed scores in Lahore. “Yesterday in Pakistan, Holy Easter was bloodied by an abhorrent attack,” the pontiff told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square in his Angelus blessing on Easter Monday….

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Pope’s brain tumour? Try keeping up with him says Vatican

  VATICAN CITY: The Vatican on Wednesday dismissed a report that Pope Francis has a brain tumour as baseless, with a spokesman challenging anyone who thinks the pontiff is seriously ill to try keeping up with him. Quotidiano Nazionale (QN), the newspaper which made the claim, said it stood by its story that a “small…

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US civil servants urged to work from home during pope visit

WASHINGTON: The US government has advice for civil servants facing monstrous traffic and security challenges when Pope Francis visits Washington this month: work from home, or even not at all. The city with a reputation for shutting down in a panic at the first hint of a snowflake in winter is determined to keep operating…

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Italy arrests Pakistani accused of bloody 2009 Peshawar bombing

ROME: A Pakistani suspected of involvement in the Peshawar market bombing — one of the country's bloodiest attacks — has been arrested in Rome, Italian police said on Friday. The man, who has been living in Italy, is accused of taking part in the attack in 2009 in which 134 died, including many women and…

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