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The Pope and the circus

On Wednesday Pope Francis was treated to a brief performance by the Rony Rollers Circus troupe in Saint Peter’s Square at the end of his weekly audience.

On Wednesday Pope Francis was treated to a brief performance by the Rony Rollers Circus troupe in Saint Peter’s Square at the end of his weekly audience.

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Pope Francis targeted by hate campaign

Posters have appeared around Rome accusing the Pontiff of attacking conservative Catholics. The signs, which were quickly covered up by the authorities, were put up by mystery activists during the nig

Posters have appeared around Rome accusing the Pontiff of attacking conservative Catholics. The signs, which were quickly covered up by the authorities, were put up by mystery activists during the nig

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Bawling babies get breastfed in the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis has baptised 28 infants in the Sistine Chapel, telling their mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried.

Pope Francis has baptised 28 infants in the Sistine Chapel, telling their mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried.

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Epiphany is celebrated with services, traditions and a joke

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

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Pope comforts survivors of Italy's earthquakes

During an audience of 800, the Pope listened attentively to survivor accounts and promised a fresh visit, as the region continues to be battered by aftershocks

During an audience of 800, the Pope listened attentively to survivor accounts and promised a fresh visit, as the region continues to be battered by aftershocks

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Pope Francis condemns 'plague of terrorism' after Istanbul attack

Pope Francis has condemned the deadly attack in Istanbul and offered prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Turkish people.

Pope Francis has condemned the deadly attack in Istanbul and offered prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Turkish people.

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Circus delights Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis’s weekly general audience took a rather quirky turn on Wednesday December 28 when a circus was unleashed on the Vatican.

Pope Francis’s weekly general audience took a rather quirky turn on Wednesday December 28 when a circus was unleashed on the Vatican.

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No Comment Review 2016: celebrity shake-up

A recap of some choreographed and choral celebrity appearances from across the globe this year.

A recap of some choreographed and choral celebrity appearances from across the globe this year.

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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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Pope spotted popping out for new shoes

It’s not everyday that you bump into the pope buying shoes, but that is exactly what happened to astonished customers in one pharmacy in Rome on Tuesday, when the pontiff picked up a pair near the Hol

It’s not everyday that you bump into the pope buying shoes, but that is exactly what happened to astonished customers in one pharmacy in Rome on Tuesday, when the pontiff picked up a pair near the Hol

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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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Pope meets Colombian leaders divided over FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel peace prize for the deal with the FARC and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe, who rejected the agreement met with Pope Francis in the…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel peace prize for the deal with the FARC and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe, who rejected the agreement met with Pope Francis in the…

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Pope hopes his birthday is not jinxed

Pope Francis jokes early birthday greetings may bring him bad luck Pope Francis, responded to thousands of people cheering “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday (December 14) by joking that doing it early may

Pope Francis jokes early birthday greetings may bring him bad luck Pope Francis, responded to thousands of people cheering “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday (December 14) by joking that doing it early may

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Silence - a Martin Scorsese film and a premier for the Pope

It is a tale of faith under torture, of two Jesuit missionaries journeying to Japan in the seventeenth century in search of their missing mentor.

It is a tale of faith under torture, of two Jesuit missionaries journeying to Japan in the seventeenth century in search of their missing mentor.

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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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Pope Francis praises secular Sweden over asylum seekers

Pope Francis has praised as “blessed” people who take in asylum seekers, as he celebrated Mass with thousands of followers during his visit to Sweden.

Pope Francis has praised as “blessed” people who take in asylum seekers, as he celebrated Mass with thousands of followers during his visit to Sweden.

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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 makes surprise visit to quake hit Amatrice

Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to Amatrice and other towns in central Italy devastated by an earthquake six weeks ago.

Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to Amatrice and other towns in central Italy devastated by an earthquake six weeks ago.