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Pope Francis meets Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ali Sistani, appeals for 'peace and unity'
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Pope Francis meets Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ali Sistani, appeals for 'peace and unity'

The 84-year-old pontiff's trip to Iraq is an effort to both comfort the country's ancient but dwindling Christian community and deepen his dialogue with representatives of other faiths

Songwriter uses AI produced song to welcome Pope during his visit to Japan
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Songwriter uses AI produced song to welcome Pope during his visit to Japan

The song “Protect all Life - The Signs of the Times” is written by Jun Inoue using an AI-powered programme.

FN Souza's painting of the Pope to be up for sale at Prinseps' first-ever live auction
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FN Souza's painting of the Pope to be up for sale at Prinseps' first-ever live auction

The artwork showcasing Souza's unique and radical interpretation of the Papacy (office of the Pope), is among the 25 works featuring in the evening sale that will be conducted by Hugh Edmeades, one of the world's leading auctioneers

Pope Francis encourages people to chose simple lifestyles to stop climate change
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Pope Francis encourages people to chose simple lifestyles to stop climate change

The pontiff slammed pollution, use of fossil fuels, intensive agriculture and razing forests to the ground.

Matteo Bruni appointed new Vatican spokesman, likely to give details of Emanuela Orlandi's mystery death
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Matteo Bruni appointed new Vatican spokesman, likely to give details of Emanuela Orlandi's mystery death

Pope Francis appointed a new Vatican spokesman on Thursday, tapping British-born Matteo Bruni for one of the most demanding PR jobs in the world.

Pope Francis expresses desire to visit Iraq in 2020, hoping it does not return to tensions that come from 'never-ending conflicts'
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Pope Francis expresses desire to visit Iraq in 2020, hoping it does not return to tensions that come from 'never-ending conflicts'

Pope Francis on Monday said that he wants to visit Iraq as early as 2020 in spite of the security conditions.

Cardinal Gracias needs to walk the talk
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Cardinal Gracias needs to walk the talk

Cardinal of the Mumbai diocese and said to be in the running for the Pope’s position, Oswald Gracias is under a cloud for not cracking down on sexual predators

Venezuelean leader Juan Guaido calls for new protests against Nicolas Maduro; Pope fears 'bloodbath' in crisis-hit country
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Venezuelean leader Juan Guaido calls for new protests against Nicolas Maduro; Pope fears 'bloodbath' in crisis-hit country

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has called for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolas Maduro as Pope Francis warned on Monday of a possible "bloodbath" in the crisis-wracked South American country.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal writes to Pope requesting 'time to fight' Kerala rape case, seeks to temporarily step down
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Bishop Franco Mulakkal writes to Pope requesting 'time to fight' Kerala rape case, seeks to temporarily step down

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused in the Kerala nun rape case, on Sunday wrote to the Pope asking to be allowed to step down from his responsibilities at the Diocese of Jalandhar until the case reaches a conclusion.

Kerala nun writes to Vatican seeking immediate intervention into rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal
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Kerala nun writes to Vatican seeking immediate intervention into rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal

In the eleven-page letter, the nun alleged that Franco Mulakkal, who allegedly raped her multiple times between 2014 and 2016, is using money power to scuttle the complaint against him.

Pope Francis urges clean up of oceans littered by 'fields of floating plastic'
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Pope Francis urges clean up of oceans littered by 'fields of floating plastic'

The pope also said that access "to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right".

Kerala nun abuse case: Members of Roman Catholic Church write to Vatican, urges it to 'do what is right'
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Kerala nun abuse case: Members of Roman Catholic Church write to Vatican, urges it to 'do what is right'

The church authorities were requested to "advise" Pope Francis to "relieve" Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal "of his pastoral responsibilities so that the church is seen to actually practice the zero tolerance it professes to observe in abuse cases

Donald Trump followers double up on Twitter 'since taking office', Narendra Modi ranked third, reveals study
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Donald Trump followers double up on Twitter 'since taking office', Narendra Modi ranked third, reveals study

Donald Trump's Twitter handle counts nearly 10 million more followers than third-place holder, PM Narendra Modi, according to the latest "Twiplomacy" study by communications firm Burson Cohn and Wolfe

Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent of Nazi-era eugenics programme, says Pope Francis
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Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent of Nazi-era eugenics programme, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis denounced abortion as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families to accept the children that God gives them

Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop at centre of sex abuse scandal in Chile
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Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop at centre of sex abuse scandal in Chile

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop at the center of Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal and two others as he launches the purge of a church that has lost its credibility under an avalanche of accusations of abuse and cover-up.

Delhi Archbishop calls to protect 'secular fabric of nation' ahead of 2019 polls; BJP, RSS hit back at charges
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Delhi Archbishop calls to protect 'secular fabric of nation' ahead of 2019 polls; BJP, RSS hit back at charges

The Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, has come out with a circular, asking Christians to offer prayers and observe a day of fast on every Friday for a "secular nation" ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Pope Francis slams corrupt political leaders of South America, calls corruption a 'social virus'
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Pope Francis slams corrupt political leaders of South America, calls corruption a 'social virus'

Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life, in stern remarks to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders

Pope Francis performs impromptu marriage ceremony for two flight attendants on airplane in Chile
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Pope Francis performs impromptu marriage ceremony for two flight attendants on airplane in Chile

It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis. First, he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town. Then after landing, Francis came to the rescue of a policewoman who was thrown from her rearing horse as his popemobile passed by.

Pope Francis arrives in Peru for final leg of South American trip, hits out at human traffickers in front of 50,000-strong congregation
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Pope Francis arrives in Peru for final leg of South American trip, hits out at human traffickers in front of 50,000-strong congregation

Pope Francis arrived in Peru on the final leg of his South American trip, where he will meet indigenous people.

After apologising to victims of priestly sex abuse and then accusing them of slander in Chile, Pope Francis arrives in Peru
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After apologising to victims of priestly sex abuse and then accusing them of slander in Chile, Pope Francis arrives in Peru

Pope Francis arrived in Peru on the final leg of his South American trip, where he will meet indigenous people.