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Pope Francis commends Prince Philip’s ‘devotion to marriage and family,’ public service

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In a telegram sent by the Vatican’s secretary of state and made public on Saturday, Francis said he was "saddened" to learn of Philip's death on Friday at age 99. He also offered Queen Elizabeth II "heartfelt condole...

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with revered Shia cleric in Iraq’s Najaf

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Baghdad, Iraq Pope Francis has held a historic meeting with revered Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq's holy city of Najaf, according to al-Iraqiya state TV, on the second day of the pontiff's...

Pope appoints first woman Under-Secretary with right to vote in Synod of Bishops

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Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a female Under-Secretary to the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican announced Saturday. French Sister Nathalie Becquart will be the first woman to be appointed to the position...

Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

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Rome Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican said Thursday. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that he was "able to confirm that withi...

Pope Francis says he is in line to take Covid-19 vaccine

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Rome Pope Francis has said the Vatican will begin Covid-19 vaccinations next week and that he is in line to receive the jab. The pontiff made the comments during an interview with Italy's Canale 5 channel, set to air...

Pope Francis will not lead NYE masses due to sciatic pain

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Rome Pope Francis will not lead the Vatican's New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations due to sciatic pain, the Vatican said in a statement on Thursday. It was the first time in years that Francis, who turned 8...

Pope Francis calls on countries to share Covid-19 vaccines in Christmas message

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Rome Pope Francis used his Christmas message to say that coronavirus vaccines must be available for all, and pleaded with states to cooperate in the race to emerge from the pandemic. "Today, in this time of darkness ...

Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March, Vatican says

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Rome Pope Francis will travel to Iraq in March 2021, the Vatican press office announced on Monday. His trip to the war-torn country could be his first trip outside of Italy since the coronavirus pandemic began. Fra...

Vatican asks Instagram to get to the bottom of Pope account’s lingerie model ‘like’

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The Vatican is seeking an explanation from Instagram, after the official account of Pope Francis liked a photograph of a lingerie-clad Brazilian model. A photograph of model Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed in sc...

Vatican admits Pope John Paul II was warned about abusive archbishop Theodore McCarrick, while clearing Francis

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Rome The late Pope John Paul II was warned about allegations of sexual impropriety by then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, but chose to promote him to Archbishop of Washington anyway following McCarrick's own denials ...

Pope Francis appoints America’s first Black cardinal, Wilton Gregory

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Last year, Wilton Gregory made history as Washington, DC's first African-American archbishop. On Sunday, speaking following his Angelus prayer from St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis tapped Gregory to ...

Pope says gossip is a ‘plague worse than Covid’

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Rome Pope Francis has once again condemned gossip, describing it as a "plague worse than Covid," during his Sunday prayers. The Pope also said that the devil is a gossiper who aims to divide the Catholic Church. "Gos...