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Pope Francis praises secular Sweden over asylum seekers

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday for Sweden`s tiny Catholic community, made up of many refugees and migrants, praising as "blessed" those in this overwhelmingly non-religious nation who take in asylum seekers.

Orthodox shun Pope's Mass in Tbilisi, few Catholics turn out

Pope Francis on Saturday said Mass for an unusually small crowd of just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, a celebration that was further dampened when a delegation from the Orthodox Church stayed away.

Pope Francis crowns New York visit with public mass

Pope Francis crowned a packed tour of New York on Friday by celebrating mass at Madison Square Garden, after greeting crowds in Central Park and praying for world peace at the 9/11 Memorial.

Nine dead after Missouri mass murder

Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri in which the suspected gunman took his own life, police in the Midwestern state said on Friday.

Pope Francis winds up Asia tour, draws record turnout at rain-soaked Mass in Manila

Pope Francis winds up Asia tour, draws record turnout at rain-soaked Mass in Manila

Having attracted a record turnout of over six millions at a rain-drenched Mass in Manila, Pope Francis left Philippines on Monday, winding up a week-long Asia tour that also saw him visit Sri Lanka.

Francis thrills in Philippines with `jeepney` popemobile

 Pope Francis made a triumphant entrance for a mass with millions in the Philippines on Sunday aboard a "popemobile" styled after the nation`s iconic, flamboyant and much-loved "jeepney" minibus.

Pope attracts world-record crowd in wet Philippines

Pope attracts world-record crowd in wet Philippines

 Pope Francis said a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday, after appealing to the world to "learn how to cry" over the plight of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children.

New electrons can lead to better computing

Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy computers, scientists say.

Pope Francis urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China

Pope Francis on Monday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years.

Mass arrests in Pakistan after gunmen shoot at plane

Pakistani police Wednesday arrested hundreds of people after gunmen opened fire on a passenger plane during its landing approach, as fighter jets hit militant targets in the latest round of an anti-Taliban offensive.

Israeli and Palestinian presidents to meet at Vatican on June 8

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus `like a miracle

With a nighttime procession lit by the glimmer of devotional candles and the flash of smartphone cameras, a church in Turkish-held northern Cyprus hosted its first Easter mass in nearly 60 years.

Pope Francis draws 3 million to Mass as Brazil trip closes

The pope`s trip, which ended yesterday, was hailed as a success by the Vatican, pilgrims and everyday Brazilians alike.

Mass for inauguration of Pope Francis on March 19

The Mass for the inauguration of new Pope Francis will be held March 19, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Pope Benedict XVI hints at infighting within Vatican

Two days after announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday attended his last Mass in St. Peter`s Basilica in Rome.

Suicide car bombing kills 15 in Nigerian church

At least 15 people were killed and 85 others injured when a suicide car bomber rammed his explosive laden vehicle into a Catholic church holding Mass in a northern Nigerian city.

Karakoram glaciers bucking global warming trend and ‘putting on mass’

Some glaciers on Asia’s Karakoram mountains, which is home to K2, are defying the global trend and getting thicker, a new study has claimed.

Thousands attend mass for John Paul II

The pope had said it was Our Lady of Fatima who saved his life in 1981.

Pope warns Catholics against `fear of the other`

Europe has been mired in controversy over arrival of refugees from N Africa.

Pope celebrates Mass for 300,000 in Venice

The pope is celebrating an open-air Mass for 300,000 faithful in Venice.