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Themes of mercy and forgiveness at Pope's first Angelus address

The pope was given a warm and enthusiastic welcome by a crowd of more than 100,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, gathered to witness his first

The pope was given a warm and enthusiastic welcome by a crowd of more than 100,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, gathered to witness his first

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Pope charms journalists in first media test

Hard nosed journalists perhaps more known for their cynicism were won over by a papal charm offensive as a relaxed Pope Francis joked with them

Hard nosed journalists perhaps more known for their cynicism were won over by a papal charm offensive as a relaxed Pope Francis joked with them

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Turkey's Cemal Uşak hails new pope as 'new hope'

Leading Turkish intellectual Cemal Uşak believes the election of Pope Francis brings “new hope” for inter-faith relations. Uşak is Secretary

Leading Turkish intellectual Cemal Uşak believes the election of Pope Francis brings “new hope” for inter-faith relations. Uşak is Secretary

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Pope Francis calls for more austere Catholic Church

Pope Francis wants a poor Church and a Church which serves the poor. He made the statement at an audience of thousands of journalists in the

Pope Francis wants a poor Church and a Church which serves the poor. He made the statement at an audience of thousands of journalists in the

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Pope Francis: the view of Father Patrick Daly

Father Patrick Daly, General Secretary of Comece, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community gives his view on Pope

Father Patrick Daly, General Secretary of Comece, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community gives his view on Pope

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Vatican denies accusations of silence during dictatorship

Only a few days in office and the Vatican has felt the need to issue a firm rebuttal of accusations against Pope Francis stemming from the time of

Only a few days in office and the Vatican has felt the need to issue a firm rebuttal of accusations against Pope Francis stemming from the time of

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Warm start to relations between new pope and Rome's chief rabbi

On the first day of his papacy, Pope Francis reached out to Rome’s Jewish community and said he hoped to build on the good relations between the two

On the first day of his papacy, Pope Francis reached out to Rome’s Jewish community and said he hoped to build on the good relations between the two

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Ukrainian Catholics welcome pope who speaks their language

The Ukrainian Catholic community has a particular affiliation with Pope Francis, elected on March 13. The new pontiff, who is from Buenos Aires, was

The Ukrainian Catholic community has a particular affiliation with Pope Francis, elected on March 13. The new pontiff, who is from Buenos Aires, was

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Benedict XVI's troubled relationship with Germany

On February 11, 2013, Benedict XVI caused dismay for many in the church when he announced he was stepping down from the papacy, a job that is

On February 11, 2013, Benedict XVI caused dismay for many in the church when he announced he was stepping down from the papacy, a job that is

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Pope Francis sets his own style

Sending a message of radical humility Latin America’s first pope, Francis I has begun his reign at the Vatican. The 76-year-old is regarded as a

Sending a message of radical humility Latin America’s first pope, Francis I has begun his reign at the Vatican. The 76-year-old is regarded as a

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Papal lustre shines on joyful Argentina

Argentinians exploded with joy on the streets of Buenos Aires when they discovered the new pope was one of their own. No longer Jorge Mario

Argentinians exploded with joy on the streets of Buenos Aires when they discovered the new pope was one of their own. No longer Jorge Mario

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Night of a thousand gasps as Pope Francis surprises everyone

The much-awaited white smoke from the Sistine Chapel announcing a new pope is an ancient tradition, but it arrived at a very modern time, just ahead

The much-awaited white smoke from the Sistine Chapel announcing a new pope is an ancient tradition, but it arrived at a very modern time, just ahead

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New day: new pope

The Roman Catholic Church has a new leader: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis on March 13. The huge crowds that

The Roman Catholic Church has a new leader: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis on March 13. The huge crowds that

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Argentina's Bergoglio elected as new Pope Francis

Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing and message to Rome and the world about an hour after

Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing and message to Rome and the world about an hour after

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American Catholics happy with papal choice

With Catholicism now the number one religion in the United States there was a buzz over the election of Pope Francis like none before, and the fact

With Catholicism now the number one religion in the United States there was a buzz over the election of Pope Francis like none before, and the fact

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Pope Francis: his Holiness the commuter and football fan

The new Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been described as a humble and down-to-earth man of the faith, a man at ease among

The new Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been described as a humble and down-to-earth man of the faith, a man at ease among

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Catholics in Buenos Aires celebrate Argentinian pope

Catholics in Buenos Aires were overwhelmed with joy as the announcement came that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a fellow Argentinian, is the new pope. One

Catholics in Buenos Aires were overwhelmed with joy as the announcement came that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a fellow Argentinian, is the new pope. One

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Hope in Turkey that new pope 'will be better for Muslim world'

The new Pope Francis will be closely scrutinised by non-Christians – including in Turkey. Comments made by his predecessor in 2006 quoting

The new Pope Francis will be closely scrutinised by non-Christians – including in Turkey. Comments made by his predecessor in 2006 quoting

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St Peter's Square crowd celebrates 'historic moment'

They cheered, they celebrated, and they prayed in St Peter’s Square. Thousands had stood all day in the rain – though the sight of white smoke must

They cheered, they celebrated, and they prayed in St Peter’s Square. Thousands had stood all day in the rain – though the sight of white smoke must

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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected new pope

The Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new pope. He becomes the first Latin American, as well as the first Jesuit

The Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new pope. He becomes the first Latin American, as well as the first Jesuit

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio: new pope is 'champion of the poor'

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was born in 1936. He became Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and Archbishop six years later. He has often shunned

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was born in 1936. He became Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and Archbishop six years later. He has often shunned

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Vatican defends decision to include Mahony in papal conclave

The Vatican has spoken out in defence of the decision to include Cardinal Roger Mahony in the conclave to elect a successor for Pope Benedict

The Vatican has spoken out in defence of the decision to include Cardinal Roger Mahony in the conclave to elect a successor for Pope Benedict

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Habemus Papam: Argentine cardinal becomes Pope Francis

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as Pope Francis. He becomes the first Latin American, as well as the first Jesuit leader of

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as Pope Francis. He becomes the first Latin American, as well as the first Jesuit leader of

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Seagull on Sistine Chapel’s chimney becomes instant Internet star

A lone seagull landed on the the chimney on the Sistine Chapel, oblivious to the world’s media, video cameras and millions of pairs of eyes staring

A lone seagull landed on the the chimney on the Sistine Chapel, oblivious to the world’s media, video cameras and millions of pairs of eyes staring

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Rome's rain fails to dampen popewatchers' spirits

The foul weather in Rome had failed to break up the St Peter’s Square popewatch. Underneath a sea of umbrellas hundreds, at times thousands, of pairs

The foul weather in Rome had failed to break up the St Peter’s Square popewatch. Underneath a sea of umbrellas hundreds, at times thousands, of pairs

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Vatican: no white smoke, no decision

The Roman Catholic faithful watch and wait for a plume of white smoke from the Vatican, signalling that a new pope has been chosen. Behind the

The Roman Catholic faithful watch and wait for a plume of white smoke from the Vatican, signalling that a new pope has been chosen. Behind the

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Third finger, right hand, that's where they place the papal band

A new pope gets a new ring, the Ring of the Fisherman also known as the Piscatory Ring. Although the conclave is still locked away in contemplation

A new pope gets a new ring, the Ring of the Fisherman also known as the Piscatory Ring. Although the conclave is still locked away in contemplation

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First full day of papal conclave

On the first day of the papal conclave thousands of followers watched as the black smoke billowed telling them no decision on a new pope had been

On the first day of the papal conclave thousands of followers watched as the black smoke billowed telling them no decision on a new pope had been

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Egypt's Christians may find hope in new pope

One of the challenges facing the new pope and the Catholic Church is how best to help and bring comfort to Christians who feel persecuted in North

One of the challenges facing the new pope and the Catholic Church is how best to help and bring comfort to Christians who feel persecuted in North