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Other folktales say that the town was plagued by attacks from the indigenous Guarani people, who resisted the settlers' occupation of the land.
Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the third time on Thursday — but what is the significance of this? And why do people keep talking about the Great Schism of 1054?
On the last leg of his trip to Romania the pope visited the city of Iasi in the province of Moldova.
The pontiff is continuing his visit of Romania.
Pope Francis will meet the patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church during his visit to the country, where Catholics are a minority.
An activist in Poland has been detained after police discovered posters in her flat depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow-coloured halo
Conservatives want Catholic bishops to declare pope a heretic
People living in Petare - one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the capital of Venezuela, came together on Friday (April 19) to watch a re-enactment of the Passion of Christ.
Here's a look at other European churches who have been hit by disaster... and survived.
"The flames have ravaged 850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture," wrote the Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez.
A Twitter user captured the moment the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral's spire came crashing to the ground amid a raging fire.
Edouard Philippe, the country's prime minister, announced the contest on Thursday and called for "a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era".
This is the hilarious moment Pope Francis repeatedly tries to prevent devotees from kissing his papal ring.
Cardinal Barbarin says Pope has refused his resignation
It relates to events on January 30 of that year when British troops opened fire on an unauthorised march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. They killed 13 Catholics and wounded 14 others, one of whom later died.
Theodore McCarrick is the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church to be expelled in modern times.
Nun on the run! Historians find record of 'Joan of Leeds' who faked her own death to escape convent and 'pursue way of carnal lust'
Pope Francis flew to the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet Muslim leaders in an effort to promote interfaith dialogue.
In a visit to Panama Cathedral, he made reference to the global sexual abuse crisis at a mass for priests and nuns.
Seat of country's Catholic Archbishop targeted in attack by unknown assailants.
One of them, who was abused at a summer camp in 1993, said they had not yet reconciled themselves to what had happened.
Nothing compares to Islam: Sinéad O'Connor becomes a Muslim
The Vatican said the Pope has recognized seven state-appointed Chinese bishops during his four-day trip in the Baltics.
What exactly did the Pope say on psychiatric help for gay children?
"We abandoned the little ones," he wrote.
At the moment abortion can only be legally performed if there's a threat to the woman's life or she's been raped.