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'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs
'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs at a mass in Seoul and challenged the crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for.

'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs
Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'
Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week

Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'
S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar
S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

The visit of the Pope Francis will recognise the vicious persecution of early Korean Catholics.

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar
Pope Francis 'dismayed' by violence and suffering in Iraq
Pope Francis 'dismayed' by violence and suffering in Iraq

Pope Francis expressed "dismay and disbelief" over the violence in Iraq, calling for an "effective political solution" to a crisis.

Pope Francis 'dismayed' by violence and suffering in Iraq
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan
Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself.

Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan
Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools
Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools

Pope Francis on Saturday attended a giant rally for children and teachers from Italy's Catholic schools, with the Vatican saying that 300,000 people turned out for the event in and around St Peter's Square.

Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church's newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history.

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans
John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans

Many Mexicans have mixed emotions about seeing the late pope John Paul II become a saint: they loved the man but feel he covered up sexual abuses by priests.

John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans
Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses
Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of catolicnews.com
Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope

Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope
Paolo Cipriani. Photo courtesy of altroquotidiano.it
Two ex-Vatican bank chiefs face money laundering trial

Italian prosecutors on Friday said two former top executives at the Vatican bank will go on trial for money laundering, while the bank's ex-chairman was declared innocent.

Two ex-Vatican bank chiefs face money laundering trial
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Rome Airport. ©Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost

Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.

Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost
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Italian Nun's stunning performance at the Voice Italy

25 y.o. Sicilian nun made all four judges of The Voice of Italy turn their chairs to chose her.

Italian Nun's stunning performance at the Voice Italy
Pope marks first year far from Rome's madding crowd
Pope marks first year far from Rome's madding crowd

Pope Francis will spend the first anniversary of his election in a spiritual retreat, far from the adoring crowds in Rome and the tensions within the Church hierarchy that have defined the last year.

Pope marks first year far from Rome's madding crowd
Now the hard work starts for superstar pope
Now the hard work starts for superstar pope

Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of.

Now the hard work starts for superstar pope
Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe
Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe

Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia.

Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe
Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan
Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan

A trove of ancient documents unearthed at the Vatican could shed light on the brutal crackdown on Christianity in isolationist Japan under its samurai rulers.

Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan
Blast outside French church in Rome as Hollande visits
Blast outside French church in Rome as Hollande visits

A small explosive device went off outside a French church in central Rome could be linked to President Francois Hollande's visit.

Blast outside French church in Rome as Hollande visits
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics

Abortion and euthanasia will be among hot button issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande.

France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics