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Pope Francis: 266th pope of the Catholic Church
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.

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Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus [Video]

Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus

Pope Francis and his closest aides do not have coronavirus. Reuters reports tests were made on 170 people in the Vatican. Six showed positive, including one who lives in the Santa Marta guesthouse. I..

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Pope holds dramatic solitary service [Video]

Pope holds dramatic solitary service

Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of..

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Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic [Video]

Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic

Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in prayer on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis [Video]

Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis

Pope Francis called for worldwide prayer to tackle the coronavirus crisis in his Angelus message on Sunday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Catholics Around The World Pray With Pope Francis For End To Coronavirus [Video]

Catholics Around The World Pray With Pope Francis For End To Coronavirus

Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil on Thursday night in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Catholics all over the world joined the Pope in praying the rosary to ask God to end the coronavirus..

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Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case [Video]

Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case

Former Vatican treasurer under Pope Francis is the highest-ranking Catholic official convicted of child sex crimes.

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Italy to hike spending against coronavirus: PM [Video]

Italy to hike spending against coronavirus: PM

Italy’s government will further increase spending in a “massive shock therapy” to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the prime minister said on Monday. Soraya Ali reports.

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Pope Francis voices support for coronavirus victims in livestream message [Video]

Pope Francis voices support for coronavirus victims in livestream message

Small groups of Catholic faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square on Sunday to watch a livestream of Pope Francis delivering his Angelus blessing.View on euronews

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Pope cancels planned Mass due to 'slight' illness [Video]

Pope cancels planned Mass due to 'slight' illness

Pope Francis has missed a planned Mass with Rome clergy due to illness. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a "slight indisposition" and would proceed with the rest of his planned work on..

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More coronavirus cases reported outside China than inside: WHO [Video]

More coronavirus cases reported outside China than inside: WHO

More new coronavirus cases are being reported outside China than inside it, with Italy and Iran in particular seeing their outbreaks spread to nearby countries. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Pope appears to reject Trump's Middle East peace plan [Video]

Pope appears to reject Trump's Middle East peace plan

Pope Francis has warned against "inequitable solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal. Ciara Lee reports.

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Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]

Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

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Zelenskiy asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war [Video]

Zelenskiy asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met Pope Francis on Saturday and asked the pontiff for help to win release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists.

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Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirus

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis' vicar for the diocese of Rome, on Monday became the highest-ranking Catholic official known to test positive for coronavirus.
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Pope backs UN chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pope and closest aides do not have coronavirus: Vatican

The Vatican said on Saturday that tests carried out in the residence where Pope Francis lives showed that the 83-year-old pontiff and his closest aides do not have coronavirus.
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Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of..
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Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

The Vatican is conducting tests for coronavirus on the dozens of priests who live in the same residence as Pope Francis and making contingency plans to move those diagnosed with the disease elsewhere,..
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Person who lives in papal residence tests positive for coronavirus: report

A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday.
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Pope, world's Christians join in prayer to end coronavirus

Pope Francis and Christians worldwide recited "The Lord's Prayer" on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic which has infected nearly half a million people, disrupted countless lives and..
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160-year-old Vatican newspaper succumbs to coronavirus

The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano, which Pope Francis has jokingly called "the party newspaper", suspended printing for only the third time in nearly 160 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus.
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Pope Francis' May 31 trip to Malta postponed due to coronavirus

Pope Francis's trip to Malta, which had been scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will this week deliver an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter - and called for worldwide..
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Catholics worldwide pray with pope for end to coronavirus pandemic

Catholics around the world joined Pope Francis in praying the rosary on Thursday night to ask God to end the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else.
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Pope says Italy tax dodgers bear partial blame for virus health care crisis

Pope Francis has put a further spotlight on the Italian health services' struggle to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, by backing a prominent journalist's complaint that tax dodgers were partly to..
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Pope in dramatic visit to empty Rome to pray for end of virus

Pope Francis ventured into a deserted Rome on Sunday to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Vatican said his Easter services will be held without the public for the..
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Papal Easter events to be held without faithful attending, Vatican says

All of Pope Francis' Easter services next month will be held without the faithful attending due to the coronavirus outbreak, Vatican said on Sunday, in a step believed to be unprecedented in modern..
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Rome churches remain open after Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine'

A cardinal on Friday modified his order to close Rome's churches to help contain the spread of coronavirus after Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures" and Catholics took to social media to..
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Rome cardinal rolls back on decree closing churches after papal rebuff

A Rome cardinal on Friday abruptly modified his decree closing churches in the Italian capital in order to contain coronavirus after Pope Francis criticized "drastic measures" by churchmen.
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Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine' church closures in Rome

Catholics criticized a cardinal's order to close churches in Rome on Friday to help contain the spread of coronavirus and Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures".
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Pope holds his first ever virtual general audience with Italy on lockdown

Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy's coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of..
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Feeling 'caged' by coronavirus alarm, pope delivers Sunday address over internet

Saying he felt "caged," Pope Francis delivered his Sunday blessing over the internet from inside the Vatican on Sunday instead of from a window to stop crowds gathering during Italy's coronavirus..
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Churches stop passing of bread, wine and set to go online

The measures come as Pope Francis is further limiting his public appearances to prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
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Pope cancels main public appearances to stop crowds gathering amid coronavirus

Pope Francis has canceled his regular appearances in public to stop crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in..
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Pope modifies engagements to avoid crowds gathering amid coronavirus outbreak

Pope Francis has canceled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
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Pope Francis picks Savannah bishop to lead Atlanta archdiocese

Pope Francis on Thursday named Gregory Hartmayer, the Roman Catholic bishop of Savannah, to lead the Atlanta archdiocese, its 100 parishes and 1.2 million Catholics.
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Vatican says pope only has a cold, symptoms not related 'to other pathologies'

Pope Francis only has a cold and is "without any symptoms related to other pathologies," the Vatican said on Tuesday.
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Pope tests negative for coronavirus, Italy report says

Pope Francis, who canceled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy because he is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported on..
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Argentine president to send abortion legalization law to Congress

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced on Sunday that he will send to Congress a bill to legalize abortion, an initiative that has broad social support but is also strongly opposed by..
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World economy conference with pope postponed due to coronavirus

A conference on the world economy due to take in Italy later this month with Pope Francis taking part has been postponed until November because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Sunday.
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Pope, blaming a cold, skips Lent retreat for first time in his papacy

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a cold he is suffering from has forced him to skip a Lenten spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials near Rome for the first time in his papacy.
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Pope says a cold will force him to skip spiritual retreat

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a cold he is suffering from will force him to skip a week-long Lenten spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials south of Rome that had been due to start..
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Pope makes first public appearance following illness

Pope Francis on Sunday made his first public appearance in four days following what the Vatican has called a "slight indisposition" that forced him to cancel some audiences and activities.
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Pope resumes individual official audiences, cancels group meetings

Pope Francis, who has been suffering from what the Vatican says is a "slight indisposition," resumed official audiences with individuals in his residence on Saturday but three with groups were..
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Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculation

The Vatican moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that Pope Francis was anything more than "slightly unwell" as the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader canceled official audiences for the second day.
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Pope ill for second day, postpones audiences but working

Pope Francis is still "slightly unwell" and has postponed all official audiences for Friday but is working from his residence.
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Pope postpones official audiences but working from residence - Vatican

Pope Francis, who the Vatican says is still "slightly unwell," has postponed all official audiences for Friday but is working from home.
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Pope 'slightly indisposed', cancels one event, Vatican says

Pope Francis is slightly indisposed and has canceled an event at a Rome basilica but is carrying out the rest of his schedule in his residence, the Vatican said on Thursday.
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Pope leads world's Catholics into Lent at Ash Wednesday rite

Pope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into the penitential season of Lent, reminding them on Ash Wednesday that everyone will be "dust in the universe" regardless of their status on..
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Trip to Iraq this year off, pope says

Pope Francis indicated on Wednesday he would not be visiting Iraq this year as he had hoped to do.
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Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling

During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on..
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Pope appears to give thumbs down to Trump's Mideast peace plan

Pope Francis on Sunday warned against "inequitable solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald..
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Pope moves slain Salvadoran priest, icon for poor, closer to sainthood

A Jesuit priest who was murdered at the threshold of the Salvadoran civil war and who in death became a icon for human rights in rural Latin America was moved a step closer to sainthood by Pope Francis..
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Upholding celibacy, Pope sidesteps bid to ordain some married men

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.
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Pope dismisses proposal to ordain married men as priests in Amazon

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in the Amazon region to ease an acute scarcity of..
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Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.
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Pope calls for respect of humanitarian law in Syria's Idlib amid escalation

Pope Francis called on Sunday for respect of humanitarian law in Syria's Idlib province, amid an escalation of a Syrian government offensive that has displaced more than half a million in two months.
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Ukraine's president asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Pope Francis on Saturday for help to win the release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists.
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McCarrick report expected soon but pope has last word: Vatican official

Work on a Vatican report into disgraced ex U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is complete and it may be released in the near future but Pope Francis will have the final word on timing, the Vatican's..
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Vatican sends masks to China to help with virus outbreak

The Vatican has sent hundreds of thousands of medical masks to China to help it deal with the coronavirus outbreak, with each bag marked with Pope Francis' coat of arms.
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Pope plans Indonesia trip to promote inter-religious dialogue

Pope Francis will promote inter-religious dialogue this year during a trip to the world's biggest Muslim country Indonesia and make the first papal visit to mainly Catholic East Timor since it won..
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Pope Francis promises to help Argentina in debt crisis, president says

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said Pope Francis had promised him in a meeting to do everything he could to help with his homeland's debt crisis.
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Pope meets Argentina president amid debt crisis, says work for peace

Pope Francis met Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Friday and asked him to be a messenger of peace in their common homeland which is fighting rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising..
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