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Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn






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Pope: ‘Time Is Running Out, We Must Act’

Time is running out to confront this ecological crisis. We must act. I appeal for Creation to be defended.. And remember, no people are ‘criminal,’ nor religion, ‘terrorists.’ But there are people out there who are fundamentalists… Pope Francis made these points in his message to the participants of a national meeting of popular movements






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This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican ‘corruption’

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In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life. He also spoke at length on religious life, offering advice to the superiors on how to






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Ex-Chinese health minister challenged over organ trafficking at Vatican conference

Experts argued assurances from China aren’t enough to prove its transplant programme has been reformed Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances aren’t enough to prove the transplant programme has been reformed.






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PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

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One of the major protagonists in the Vatican’s leaks scandal — communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui — is releasing a book which she describes as “a testament of truth”. In the Name of Peter hits Italian bookshops today, seven months after its author received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two






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St Peter’s Basilica to host Anglican Evensong for the first time

On March 13, Anglican choral Evensong will be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the first time. Permission was granted by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, during a recent meeting with Archbishop David Moxon, the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Archbishop Moxon will preside at the 3pm






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Pope meets Arnold Schwarzenegger at general audience

The Pope also told the faithful that women were more courageous than men Actor and former California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger met Pope Francis today at the end of the audience. After the meeting, Schwareneggar took to Twitter to say that it was an honour to meet the Pontiff. It was my great






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Vatican: Pope Francis to name delegate to run Order of Malta

The Order’s Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, offered his resignation to the Pope on Tuesday The Vatican says Pope Francis will name a pontifical delegate to run the embattled Knights of Malta, effectively taking over the sovereign lay Catholic order after its leader resigned in a bitter dispute with the pontiff over a condom scandal. The move marks an extraordinary intervention of






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