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266th and current pope

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Pope Francis: 266th and current pope
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, the first to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.

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Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.
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Pope to visit Japan November 23-26

Pope Francis will visit Japan from Nov. 23 to 26, during which time he will go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as Tokyo, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.
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Videos for Pope Francis

Tens of thousands greet the Pope in Madagascar [Video]Tens of thousands greet the Pope in Madagascar

The streets of Madagascar's capital were flooded by well-wishers hoping to see Pope Francis. Conway G. Gittens reports.

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Tens of thousands attend Pope's mass in Madagascar [Video]Tens of thousands attend Pope's mass in Madagascar

Tens of thousands arrived at Soamandrakizay diocesan ground in Antananarivo, Madagascar to attend a papal mass on Sunday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Pope In Madagascar: Deforestation Is A Global Threat [Video]Pope In Madagascar: Deforestation Is A Global Threat

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries are a global threat. According to Reuters, the Pope said they should not be treated as local..

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Pope Francis leads Mass on last day in Mozambique [Video]Pope Francis leads Mass on last day in Mozambique

Pope Francis, ending his visit to Mozambique, said a mass for some 60,000 people in Maputo's national stadium. Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Mozambique on Friday by consoling HIV-infected..

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Can the Pope's visit to Madagascar save humanity's smallest living relative? [Video]Can the Pope's visit to Madagascar save humanity's smallest living relative?

As a shocked world watches fires ravage the Amazon, slash-and-burn farmers are wreaking proportionally worse destruction half a world away in Madagascar, driving humanity's smallest relative - the..

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Pope Francis in Mozambique on first leg of Sub-Saharan Africa trip [Video]Pope Francis in Mozambique on first leg of Sub-Saharan Africa trip

Pope Francis arrived in the Mozambique capital of Maputo on Thursday on the first leg of his three-nation visit.

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Pope’s former student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral' [Video]Pope’s former student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral'

The Pope is heading to Africa this week and will meet one of his former students when he arrives in Madagascar. Father Opeka set up an organization which has built homes for 25,000 people, work which..

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Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes [Video]Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes

Pope Francis apologized to crowds in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (September 1) after getting stuck in a lift. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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Pope Francis has asked people to pray that wildfires in the Amazon will be brought under control [Video]Pope Francis has asked people to pray that wildfires in the Amazon will be brought under control

As wildfires continue to rage through the Amazon Pope Francis has called on people to pray for the "lungs of our planet"

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'Don’t worry, let her be!' Young girl wanders on stage during pope’s audience [Video]'Don’t worry, let her be!' Young girl wanders on stage during pope’s audience

At Wednesday General Audience, among the crowd in the hall, a girl seemed very interested by Pope Francis: she climbed on stage in front of the Pope as he was addressing the crowd.

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Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal [Video]Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Former top aide of Pope Francis remains the world's most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse.

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Authorities investigate two back-to-back mass shootings [Video]Authorities investigate two back-to-back mass shootings

Two mass shootings that killed 30 people, including the assailant in Ohio, reverberated across the U.S. on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for gun control measures and raising concerns over domestic..

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Thirty people die in two U.S. mass shootings [Video]Thirty people die in two U.S. mass shootings

system.scripts.Thirty people died and dozens were wounded in two mass shootings within just 13 hours of each other in the United States, shocking the country and prompting calls from some politicians..

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Pope Condemns Gun Violence Occurring In America [Video]Pope Condemns Gun Violence Occurring In America

Pope Francis condemned the continuing gun violence attacking “defenseless people” in America. According to Reuters, America has faced three mass shootings within two weeks. Last week, three people..

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Pope invites leaders to Vatican for global compact on education

Pope Francis on Thursday invited world political, cultural, and religious leaders to a meeting at the Vatican next year to agree on "A Global Compact on Education" to better prepare the young for..
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Pope says Britain should obey U.N., return islands, including U.S. base

Pope Francis said on Tuesday Britain should comply with a U.N. resolution and return a chain of islands it holds in the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, including one rented to the United States for the..
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Pope says he prays U.S.-led schism can be thwarted

Pope Francis said on Tuesday he prayed that dissent from American Catholic conservatives would not lead to a schism in the Church and that he was willing to listen to critics and make corrections if..
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Mauritius says Pope visit supports claim to Chagos Islands

Authorities in Mauritius cast remarks from Pope Francis during a visit on Monday as a boost for their claim to a chain of islands held by Britain, including one rented to the United States for the..
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Pope gives hope to Mauritians who want UK to return islands

Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Africa on Monday with a lightning visit to Mauritius, saying Mass for 100,000 people and giving hope to a movement that wants Britain to return a group of islands.
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Pope greets palm frond-waving crowds in Mauritius

Pope Francis was welcomed by palm frond-waving crowds in Mauritius on Monday as he drove past sugarcane fields on his way to the capital, where he said a Mass on a terraced mountainside overlooking the..
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Pope celebrates Madagascar's 'living saint', champion of the poor

Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a former student of his who is now sometimes called Madagascar's "living saint" for having changed the lives of thousands of poor people who once lived in garbage..
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Pope, on Madagascar visit, condemns clan culture of privilege, graft

Pope Francis, on a visit to Madasgascar, on Sunday condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in..
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Pope says deforestation must be treated as a global threat

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.
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Deforestation must be seen as global threat: pope in Madagascar

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and reduction in biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the whole planet.
Reuters - Published

Pope, ending Mozambique visit, slams corrupt leaders

Pope Francis, ending his visit to Mozambique, on Friday scolded political and business leaders in the resource-rich but poor East African country who allow themselves to be corrupted by outsiders.
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Nurture peace and make it last, Pope tells post-war Mozambique

Pope Francis urged the people of Mozambique on Thursday to nurture their hard-earned peace and strive to provide equal opportunities for all so as not to slip back into civil war.
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Pope arrives in Mozambique hoping to consolidate peace

Pope Francis arrived to a vibrant welcome in to Mozambique on Wednesday to encourage the country's fragile peace, starting a three-nation African tour where climate change, poverty and corruption will..
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Pope calls U.S. conservative attacks an 'honor'

Pope Francis said on Wednesday it was an "honor" to be attacked by U.S. Church conservatives and their Catholic media allies, who have criticized him on issues from theology to climate change and even..
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Pope's ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral'

Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar's capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiseled..
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Factbox: Pope Francis visits Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius

Pope Francis will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from Sept. 4-10. Following are some of the highlights of his second trip to sub-Saharan Africa:
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Pope picks new cardinals, putting his stamp on Church's future

Pope Francis appointed 13 new cardinals in a surprise move on Sunday, again putting his stamp on the future of a Church he wants to be more open as most of those named are considered progressive on..
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Pope urges politicians to take 'drastic measures' on climate change

Pope Francis challenged governments on Sunday to take "drastic measures" to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency.
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Pope to appoint new cardinals next month

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will elevate 13 Roman Catholic prelates to the rank of cardinal next month, including 10 "cardinal electors" under 80 years old and thus eligible to vote in an..
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Environment, poverty, corruption on agenda for pope's Africa trip

Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday for Africa, where poverty, the environment, foreign exploitation of resources and corruption are expected to be high on his agenda as he visits the continent where..
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Pope stuck in elevator for 25 minutes, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis arrived late for his weekly address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he had been stuck in an elevator in the Vatican for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.
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Pope calls for global commitment to put out Amazon fires

Pope Francis on Sunday called for a global commitment to put out the fires in the Amazon, saying the area was essential for the health of the planet.
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Pope gives sick girl free run of audience stage, delighting crowd

Pope Francis allowed a girl suffering from an undisclosed illness to move around undisturbed clapping and dancing on the stage for most of his general audience on Wednesday, delighting the crowd.
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Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November: sources

Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country,..
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Pope caps reform of Vatican bank with new statutes

Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden..
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Pope condemns spate of U.S. gun violence, prays for victims

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned attacks on "defenseless people" in a spate of gun violence in three American states, including one that killed 20 people in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
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Pope offers prayers for migrants killed in Mediterranean shipwreck

Pope Francis on Sunday offered prayers for migrants who died in the Mediterranean Sea this week, in what the U.N. refugee agency called the worst shipwreck in the area this year.
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Pope's envoy tells Syrian leader of concern for Idlib civilians

Pope Francis has expressed concern for the humanitarian situation in northwestern Syria and urged a negotiated end to years of fighting, in a letter delivered on Monday to Syrian President Bashar..
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Pope defends migrants after clashes between Italy and rescue ships

Pope Francis said on Monday that "no one is exempt" from helping migrants, in an indirect rebuke of Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to shut the country's ports to..
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Pope calls for humanitarian corridors to protect migrants

Pope Francis said prayers on Sunday for victims of the bombing of a migrant center in Libya last week and called for concerted action to create extensive humanitarian corridors to prevent similar..
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Putin and pope hold 'substantive' talks in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for "very substantive" talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican.
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Putin meets pope in shadow of Ukraine crisis, arrives late

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican to discuss their country's crisis, and amid speculation that his visit..
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Pope praises Trump-Kim meeting as significant gesture, raises hopes for peace

Pope Francis praised on Sunday the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said he hoped it would lead to peace.
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Harrowing photo of drowned migrants at U.S. border draws global attention

A harrowing photo of a man and his young daughter who drowned on the U.S.-Mexico border has brought global attention to the dangers for a wave of mostly Latin American migrants traveling north, with..
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Pope expresses 'immense sadness' at picture of drowned migrants in Rio Grande

Pope Francis expressed great sorrow at seeing a photo of a Salvadoran man and his 23-month-old daughter lying dead, face down in the Rio Grande river after trying to cross into the United States, the..
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Pope urges restraint in Gulf after tanker attacks

Pope Francis called for restraint and a lowering of tensions in the Middle East on Sunday following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that have raised fears of a broader confrontation in..
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Chilean bishop resigns after comments about Last Supper

A Chilean auxiliary bishop appointed by Pope Francis less than a month ago resigned on Friday, the Archdiocese of Santiago said in a statement, just weeks after he made controversial comments about the..
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After scandals, Pope orders his diplomats to toe the line

Pope Francis on Thursday told his ambassadors around the world, some of whom have been involved in sexual and financial scandals, to live humble, exemplary lives and be closer to the poor than to the..
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Pope puts first African-American priest, an ex-slave, on path to sainthood

Pope Francis on Wednesday put Father Augustine Tolton, the first African-American Catholic priest who started life as a slave in the 19th century U.S. South, on the path to sainthood.
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Francis wants first papal visit to Iraq

Pope Francis said on Monday he wants to travel to Iraq next year, which would be the first ever papal trip there.
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Pope appeals for peace, dialogue in Sudan

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Sudan following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum last week.
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Putin July visit to pope could pave way for Russia trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Pope Francis next month, the Vatican said on Thursday, an encounter that could help pave the way for an historic papal trip to Russia.
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Pope pleas for European unity, says ideologies threaten its existence

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for Europe to stick together and revive the ideals of its founders on Sunday, saying ideologies and fear-mongering politicians were threatening its very existence..
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Pope asks forgiveness for historical mistreatment of Roma people

Pope Francis on Sunday asked forgiveness in the name of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people, a move likely to increase tensions with Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister..
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Pope warns of divisive ideologies in homage to Communist-era martyrs

Pope Francis warned against any new ideological attempt to sow fear or division in society on Sunday as he paid tribute to Christians in Romania killed or persecuted under Communism.
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Pope urges ethnic Hungarians, Romanians to put troubles behind them

Pope Francis urged ethnic Hungarians and Romanians to put their troubled past behind them on Saturday as bad weather disrupted his visit to Transylvania, forcing him to be driven for hours on winding..
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Weather disrupts pope's second day in Romania

Tens of thousands of people gathered on muddy slopes in Transylvania on Saturday to see Pope Francis visit one of Romania's most popular Catholic shrines as bad weather disrupted his second day in the..
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