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Putin meets pope in shadow of Ukraine crisis, arrives late

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has seen Pope Francis twice before, arrived an hour late for Thursday`s appointment.

Jul 04, 2019, 20:28 PM IST

Pope Francis compares US border security to Berlin wall, says will confront Trump directly

"Separating children from their parents goes against natural law, and those Christians ... you can`t do it. It is cruel. It is among the greatest of cruelties. And to defend what? Territory, or the economy of a country or who knows what," said the Pope.

May 29, 2019, 08:29 AM IST

Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital

Pope Francis had just heard the association`s president, Patricia Thomas of Associated Press Television, talk about journalists killed, imprisoned, wounded or threatened in their line of work.

May 19, 2019, 12:27 PM IST

Pope Francis issues new rules requiring priests, nuns to report sexual abuse

It is time to learn from the "bitter lessons of the past", Pope Francis said in the text of the legal decree.

May 09, 2019, 23:20 PM IST

Pope Francis promises moves against sexual abuse but victims disappointed

The pope promised that guidelines used by national bishops conferences to prevent abuse and punish perpetrators will be reviewed and strengthened.

Feb 24, 2019, 21:35 PM IST

Catholic nun scolds bishops on abuse: 'This storm will not pass'

Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian who has worked in Africa, Europe and the United States, spoke with a soft voice but had a strong message for the prelates sitting before her.

Feb 23, 2019, 21:52 PM IST

Abuse victims demand to see pope, say bishops should be sacked

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.

Feb 20, 2019, 20:19 PM IST

Pope says Vatican open to mediating in Venezuela if both sides ask

Francis also confirmed that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had written a letter to him but that he had not yet read it.

Feb 05, 2019, 23:17 PM IST

Pope condemns 'senseless' stigmatizing of migrants

Hours earlier, President Donald Trump agreed under mounting pressure to end a 35-day-old partial US government shutdown but without any border funding.

Jan 26, 2019, 10:28 AM IST

Be celibate or leave the priesthood, Pope Francis tells gay priests

Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado called "The Strength of Vocation", in which he discusses the challenges of being a priest or nun today. 

Dec 02, 2018, 20:53 PM IST

Pope Francis gets invite to North Korea, indicates will consider it

South Korean President Moon Jae-in relayed the invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the pope verbally during a 35-minute meeting in the Vatican.

Oct 19, 2018, 11:42 AM IST

Kim Jong-Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea

The Pope has in past supported dialogue between the two Koreas. 

Oct 09, 2018, 14:14 PM IST

Pope Francis says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuse

Francis arrived on Saturday for a highly charged visit to a society transformed since more than three-quarters of the population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 and beset by the kind of abuse scandals that have once more mired the Catholic Church in crisis.

Aug 25, 2018, 19:54 PM IST

PM Modi third most followed world leader after Donald Trump and Pope Francis: Study

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also features in the top 10 list of the most followed leaders in the world

Jul 10, 2018, 22:17 PM IST

Pope Francis denounces abortion as Nazi-era white glove eugenics

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association.

Jun 17, 2018, 07:57 AM IST

Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Apr 08, 2018, 17:08 PM IST

Pope sacks Vatican communications chief following 'Lettergate' scandal

The Italian head of the Vatican communications department who was caught up in the so-called 'Lettergate' scandal, has resigned.

Mar 21, 2018, 18:13 PM IST

'An evil': Pope Francis takes aim at 'fake news', social media abuse

The only end result of untruth is the spread of arrogance and hatred, he said. 

Jan 24, 2018, 19:30 PM IST

Pope hits out at 'endless violence' against women on visit to Amazon

Pope Francis hit out against "endless violence" against women and a culture of machismo on a visit to the Amazon on Friday.

Jan 19, 2018, 23:34 PM IST

Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Pope Francis in his year-end message urged people to take responsibility for their actions.

Jan 01, 2018, 23:12 PM IST