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Pope stays above the fray for World Cup final

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 23:43

Football fan Pope Francis stayed neutral ahead of the World Cup final between his native Argentina and Germany, saying the tournament in Brazil had shown the importance of dialogue between different cultures.

Pope begs forgiveness for `sacrilegious cult` of Church sexual abuse

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 02:27

Pope apologises for "sacrilegious cult" of Church``s sexual abuse

Pope meets Catholics sexually abused by clergy

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 19:24

Pope Francis has held his first meeting with a group of Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 15:37

Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia`s bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

Pope meets sex abuse victims for first time

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 15:36

Pope Francis met clerical sex abuse victims for the first time Monday, amid criticism that he has been slow to deal with a scandal hugely damaging to the Catholic Church.

Pope to hold first meeting with sexual abuse victims

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 09:15

Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion. <br><br> Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope`s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organised the meeting.

Narendra Modi now the third most `followed` world leader on Twitter!

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 20:07

Prime Minister Narendra Modi overtook Indonesian President SB Yudhoyono in terms of number of followers to become the third most followed world leader on the social networking website. Indian Prime Minister currently has 5,091,128 followers compared to Yudhoyono`s 5,088,309. US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis are the only world leaders who have more followers.

Vatican bank shakeup expected as pope mulls reform

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 03:31

It was this time last year that the top two managers at the Institute for Religious Works were forced out after a Vatican monsignor with millions deposited in the bank was arrested in an alleged money-smuggling plot.

Pope says communists are closet Christians

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 19:58

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

Pope leads long Vatican Mass after health setbacks

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 16:43

Looking tired but relaxed, Pope Francis has led his first major public ceremony after a spate of cancelled appointments for health problems.

Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 18:47

Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing.

Pope cancels Rome hospital visit at last minute

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 21:21

Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition".