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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
Paolo Sorrentino, director of Italian film "The Great Beauty". ©Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Oscar winner plans TV drama about Italian-American pope: report

Italy's Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino plans to make a debut television series entitled "The Young Pope" about Lenny Belardo -- a fictional first-ever Italian American pontiff, an Italian daily reported on Tuesday.

Oscar winner plans TV drama about Italian-American pope: report
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 popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal left many underwhelmed, a new study found.

Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
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
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
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers

Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread.

Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, as thousands flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.

Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins
Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins

Argentina moved a step closer Thursday to issuing commemorative coins to honor its native son after its lower chamber of Congress backed the move, Pope Francis.

Argentina to issue papal commemorative coins
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown.

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit

President Barack Obama had warm words Wednesday for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays.

Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter's Square.

Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a Polish ban on the ritual kosher slaughter of animals.

Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
Pope Francis. ©REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis reached out to Muslims on Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and called on them and Christians to promote mutual respect.

Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims
Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?
Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, declaring that it is not his place to judge them -- while also condemning the Vatican's reported gay lobby as a "serious problem".

Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?