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Pope Francis honours persecuted Middle East Christians

On the feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Francis paid tribute to Christians in the Middle East who have clung to their faith during persecution by Islamist…

On the feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Francis paid tribute to Christians in the Middle East who have clung to their faith during persecution by Islamist…

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Pope Francis makes Christmas plea for peace

Pope Francis delivered words of hope and comfort, alongside pleas for peace, in his Christmas Day address.

Pope Francis delivered words of hope and comfort, alongside pleas for peace, in his Christmas Day address.

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No Comment 2016 in review: religious spectacles

These ceremonies are a far cry from Sunday service, with everything from Ice plunging pilgrimages in St Petersburg to flagellation in the Phillipines.

These ceremonies are a far cry from Sunday service, with everything from Ice plunging pilgrimages in St Petersburg to flagellation in the Phillipines.

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Pope Francis turns 80

Pope Francis has celebrated his 80th birthday with a mass and a gluten-free cake made by a pastry chef in Rome.

Pope Francis has celebrated his 80th birthday with a mass and a gluten-free cake made by a pastry chef in Rome.

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Abortion still 'grave sin, ending innocent life' - Pope Francis

Pope Francis has restated that “abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life” but “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seek

Pope Francis has restated that “abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life” but “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seek

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Pope allows all priests to forgive abortions

Pope Francis has indefinitely granted to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors.

Pope Francis has indefinitely granted to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors.

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Pope prays with poor

Pope Francis on Friday (11 November) joined some 6,000 of Europe’s poor and homeless for a ceremony at the Vatican.

Pope Francis on Friday (11 November) joined some 6,000 of Europe’s poor and homeless for a ceremony at the Vatican.

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'Police' pounce on picture of Pope

A larger-than-life mural was taken down by Rome’s so-called decorum police (cleaning authorities) on Wednesday (October 19), hours after it went up.

A larger-than-life mural was taken down by Rome’s so-called decorum police (cleaning authorities) on Wednesday (October 19), hours after it went up.

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Pope Francis announces 17 new cardinals

Pope Francis announce the names of 17 new Cardinals that he will appoint next month, many of them from the developing world.

Pope Francis announce the names of 17 new Cardinals that he will appoint next month, many of them from the developing world.

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Pope holds mass in Tbilisi as Orthodox Church stays away

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, one of the smallest crowds the pontiff has drawn in 16 trips abroad.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, one of the smallest crowds the pontiff has drawn in 16 trips abroad.

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Abortion laws in Poland

The Polish parliament has rejected draft legislation to allow abortion until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy by 240 votes to 173.

The Polish parliament has rejected draft legislation to allow abortion until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy by 240 votes to 173.

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Cuba celebrates patron saint

Hundreds of Catholic faithful walked through Havana’s historic central district to celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.

Hundreds of Catholic faithful walked through Havana’s historic central district to celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.

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Pope shares pizza lunch with the poor

1,500 were brought to the Vatican from across Italy, and given seats of honour at Sunday's canonisation mass for Mother Teresa.

1,500 were brought to the Vatican from across Italy, and given seats of honour at Sunday's canonisation mass for Mother Teresa.

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Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a saint

Mother Teresa, the revered nun known for her work with the destitute in India, has been elevated to sainthood by Pope Francis.

Mother Teresa, the revered nun known for her work with the destitute in India, has been elevated to sainthood by Pope Francis.

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Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood

Mother Teresa, the celebrated nun known for her work with the poor in India, will be declared a saint later today.

Mother Teresa, the celebrated nun known for her work with the poor in India, will be declared a saint later today.

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Heavy security for Lourdes pilgrimage

Tight security was in place in the French town of Lourdes on Monday as thousands of worshippers flocked for the annual Catholic pilgrimage.

Tight security was in place in the French town of Lourdes on Monday as thousands of worshippers flocked for the annual Catholic pilgrimage.

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Pope Francis has lunch with 21 Syrian refugees

Pope Francis on Thursday had lunch with 21 Syrian refugees at his residence at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis on Thursday had lunch with 21 Syrian refugees at his residence at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta.

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Thousands attend murdered priest's funeral

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral mass of Jacques Hamel, the Catholic priest murdered in his own church by Islamic extremists.

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral mass of Jacques Hamel, the Catholic priest murdered in his own church by Islamic extremists.