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Pope tells Church to embrace modern world as he embraces history

In a break with tradition that reflected Francis`s modernising instincts, the order to open the doors was delivered in Italian rather than Latin.

Pope Francis praises Cuban `spirit` ahead of visit

Pope Francis praised Cubans` "spirit" in the face of adversity Thursday in a message broadcast ahead of his trip to the impoverished communist island.

Raul Castro meets pope before pontiff's Cuban, US trip

 Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff`s trip to both countries in September.

Italian police bust terror cell, arrest 18

Italian police on Friday arrested 18 people in what5 they called a "vast" operation against a group allegedly inspired by the al Qaeda and planning an attack on the Vatican.

No country should provide shelter to terrorists: PM Modi on Lakhvi's release

On a day Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was released, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave a veiled message to Pakistan, saying no country should provide shelter to terrorists but should punish them.

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Pope arrives in Turkey, urges more Muslim opposition to ISIS

Pope arrives in Turkey, urges more Muslim opposition to ISIS

Pope Francis arrived at the Esenboga Airport in the Turkish capital of Ankara Friday afternoon for his first visit to Turkey since he took over the post in March last year.

Vatican prepares for landmark sex abuse trial of ex-envoy

The Vatican has begun preparing for a landmark trial of a disgraced former archbishop at the centre of one of the Church`s most damaging child sex abuse cases.

Prayers being held in Rome ahead of four-pope sainthood mass

Thousands of pilgrims are holding prayers in Rome as Pope Francis and Benedict XVI prepare to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII in a historic effort to unite the Catholic Church on Sunday.

Pope plans retreat on election anniversary

Pope Francis will be on a spiritual retreat with his top aides for the first anniversary of his election, which will be held in a small town outside Rome in a break with tradition, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Pope to prelates: No intrigue, favoritism, gossip

Pope Francis on Sunday gave his new cardinals what amounted to a code of conduct : "no intrigue, gossip, power pacts, favoritism."

Pope Francis announces first visit to Holy Land in May

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will make his first trip to the Holy Land, visiting Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem from May 24 to 26.

Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world`s Roman Catholics.

Pope asks for advice on reforming papal powers

Francis said it was time for "a conversion of the papacy", adding that "excessive centralisation, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church`s life".

Pope calls special synod on the family

Pope Francis has called an extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops next year to discuss the Church`s position with regard to the family, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Tuesday.

Pope widens criminal punishment for child abuse in Vatican

Pope Francis on Thursday bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican in an overhaul of laws that apply to the clergy and lay people who work in the tiny city state.

Vatican issues first text co-written by two popes

Vatican issued unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which 2 popes said faith should serve "common good" but restated opposition to gay marriage.

Pope Francis lauds Benedict XVI, warns against self-interest

Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor Benedict XVI`s decision to resign as courageous, and called on pilgrims to follow the former pontiff`s example and put aside their egos to listen to their conscience.

Pope Francis meets his predecessor for historic lunch

In a rare event, newly elected Pope Francis of Argentina on Saturday met his predecessor for lunch in a palace at Castel Gandolfo, as per BBC report. For the first time such a meeting has been made possible after Pope Benedict XVI resigned from his post.

I want ‘poor Church for the poor’: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Saturday said he aspires for “A poor Church for the poor", as per BBC.