Pope Francis arrives at The Vatican after being discharged from the Gemelli hospital on April 1, 2023 in Rome, where he has been treated for bronchitis. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope Francis leaves hospital, quips ‘I am still alive’

A jovial Pope Francis joked with well-wishers on Saturday as he left hospital after a three-night stay for bronchitis, and headed back to the Vatican to prepare for Christianity’s most…

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Pope Francis told reporters on his plane back from South Sudan last Sunday that his critics have “exploited” Benedict’s death to further their cause © Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

Pope Francis faces ‘civil war’ at heart of church

From his reforms to his foreign relations, criticism of Pope Francis has intensified since the death of his predecessor Benedict XVI, revealing a climate of “civil war” at a time…

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Pope Francis arrives to board the papal plane ahead of his apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, January 31, 2023. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Pope’s visit to shine spotlight on war-ravaged Congo

Pope Francis was flying to Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday for a visit that will highlight the human cost of protracted conflict and exploitation of the vast central African country‘s mineral wealth. The 86-year-old pontiff is…

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Pope Francis sits by the coffin of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI St. Peter’s Square during a funeral mass at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Photo by Andrew Medichini)

Faithful mourn Benedict XVI at funeral presided over by pope

With bells tolling, tens of thousands of faithful, political leaders and the pope himself mourned Benedict XVI, the German theologian who made history by resigning the papacy, at a rare…

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Pope Francis arrives during the funeral mass of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s square in the Vatican, on January 5, 2023. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

Pope Francis to lead ex-pontiff Benedict’s funeral

Pope Francis will preside Thursday over the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI at the Vatican, an unprecedented event in modern times expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Almost a…

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Pope Francis leaves after the weekly general audience at the Vatican, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Support your children if they are gay, pope tells parents

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Wednesday that parents of gay children should not condemn them but offer them support. He spoke in unscripted comments at his weekly audience in reference to difficulties that parents can face in…

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Having pets not kids robs us of ‘humanity’: pope

Pope Francis risked the ire of the world’s childless dog and cat owners Wednesday, suggesting people who substitute pets for kids exhibit “a certain selfishness”.  Speaking on parenthood during a general audience at the Vatican,…

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Travelers move through Delta Airlines check-in at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on December 24, 2021. – Over 2,000 flights have been cancelled and thousands delayed around the world as the highly infectious Omicron variant disrupts holiday travel. According to tracking website Flightaware.com at 1540 GMT on Friday, a total of 2,118 flights had been cancelled worldwide, including 500 flights originating from or headed to US airports, and over 5,700 delayed. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP)

Covid clouds Christmas celebrations for second year

Pope Francis called for more solidarity with those living in poverty as he celebrated mass in the Vatican in front of a masked congregation of around 2,000 people, while billions…

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‘Silence the arms!’ Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

Pope Francis called for an end to extremism and violence in his opening address Friday on the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, long scarred by war and now gripped by…

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This photo taken on January 17, 2021 and handout on January 18, 2021 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis gesturing during a weekly live streamed Angelus prayer from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican. (Photo by Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his…

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A general view shows Pope Francis (C) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, to be concluded with the Pope giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter’s Square the Vatican. (Photo by YARA NARDI / POOL / AFP)

Pope faces coronavirus ‘tempest’ alone in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter’s Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. “Thick…

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Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope’s Sunday prayer to be livestreamed as coronavirus spreads

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis’s Angelus prayer on Sunday will be livestreamed in a break with centuries-old tradition, the Vatican announced, as the number coronavirus cases topped 100,000. The…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 8, 2019 shows Pope Francis praying by the Column of the Virgin Mary during the annual feast of the Immaculate Conception at Piazza di Spagna in Rome. – Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said on December 17, 2019, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church. The Church has been rocked by thousands of reports of sexual abuse around the world by priests. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope lifts ‘pontifical secret’ for sex abuse cases

Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church….

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Pope Francis lights a candle at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter during a visit to Nagasaki on November 24, 2019.

Pope slams nuclear deterrent, ‘unspeakable horror’ of Nagasaki

Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb. In…

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PM praises Pope Francis for his contributions to human kind

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today praised visiting Pope Francis for his contributions to the unity of humankind, human resource development, especially among youth, poverty elimination, social equality, environment conservation…

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Pope Francis during his meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House Thursday morning with his cousin Sister Ana Rosa Sivori acting as his interpreter . – Photo from Vatican News

Pope: The commitment to live in justice, solidarity and harmony

Pope Francis delivered his first official discourse in Thailand to members of government, civil and religious leaders, and the diplomatic corps at the Government House after meeting Prime Minister Prayut…

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Interview with Father Joseph about Pope Francis Thailand visit

Thai PBS World reporter interviews Father Joseph Anucha Chaiyadej, Director of the Catholic Church’s media relations in Thailand, about Pope Francis Thailand visit. 

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Pope Francis lands in Bangkok for historical visit

Pope Francis has landed in Bangkok for his three-day visit to Thailand. The papal plane touched down at the Don Muang military airport shortly after 12 pm. He was welcomed…

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Popemobile and Holy Chalice to be two highlights of Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand next week

Pope Francis will travel in a locally-produced the open-top “Popemobile” during his visit to Thailand from November 20th to 23rd. The vehicle was unveiled to the media at the Assumption…

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Sister Ana Rosa Sivori poses for a photo at the St. Mary School in Udon Thani province, Thailand, September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jiraporn Kuhakan

Pope Francis to reunite with cousin on visit to Thailand

UDON THANI (Reuters) – In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school day. The…

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Pope Francis to visit Thailand November 20-23

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Thailand from November 20th to 23rd at the invitation of the Thai government and the Catholic Church in Thailand before heading to Japan, Archbishop…

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