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Pope Francis said he was making the change to increase recognition of the “precious contribution” women make in the church(via REUTERS)

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can't be priests

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Pope Francis has created a second study commission of experts to study whether women could be deacons after a first one failed to reach a consensus.
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Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)

Pope, Queen join vaccine drive, German Covid deaths top 40K

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:36 AM IST
More than 1.9 million people worldwide have now died from the virus, with new variants adding to soaring cases and prompting the re-introduction of restrictions on movement across the globe – even as with mass inoculation drives underway.
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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,”(AP)
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,”(AP)

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of Covid-19 vaccines

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:13 PM IST
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said it is morally acceptable for Catholics to use either of the two vaccines approved for use in the US despite the use of fetal cell lines for lab tests seeking to confirm the vaccines' effectiveness.
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Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis to have Covid-19 vaccine as early as next week

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:48 PM IST
The Vatican City, the smallest independent county in the world, has said it will shortly launch its own vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
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Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others(REUTERS)
Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others(REUTERS)

Pope criticises people going on holiday to flee coronavirus lockdowns

By Reuters| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Vatican City
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:10 PM IST
“They didn’t think about those who were staying at home, of the economic problems of many people who have been hit hard by the lockdown, of the sick people. (They thought) only about going on holiday and having fun,” Pope Francis said.
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Abortion-rights activists react after lawmakers approved a bill that legalizes abortion, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(AP)
Abortion-rights activists react after lawmakers approved a bill that legalizes abortion, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(AP)

Argentine Senate approves bill legalizing abortion after marathon 12-hour session

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Buenos Aires
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:11 PM IST
The vote means that abortion will be legalized in Pope Francis’ homeland up to the 14th week of pregnancy, and also will be legal after that time in cases of rape or danger to the mother’s life.
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Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings.(AP)
Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings.(AP)

Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Rome
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:19 PM IST
The changes are a response to a spiraling Vatican criminal investigation into years-long allegations of mismanagement of donations and investments by the Vatican’s secretariat of state.
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Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)
Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)

In Christmas message curbed by Covid-19, pope calls on nations to share vaccines

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:48 AM IST
In a sign of the times, Pope Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica before tens of thousands.
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Mexico’s senior Catholic leader backs civil unions for gay couples(Reuters)
Mexico’s senior Catholic leader backs civil unions for gay couples(Reuters)

Mexican Catholic Church’s highest-ranking bishop backs civil unions for gay couples

By Reuters| Posted by Nishtha Grover | Mexico
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 10:57 AM IST
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, archbishop of Mexico City, agrees with latest comments of Pope Francis about civil unions and supports the idea of legal protection for gay couples.
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Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican.(Reuters/ File photo)
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican.(Reuters/ File photo)

Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March 2021

By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni | Rome
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:10 PM IST
According to a communique by the Vatican, the Pope is set to”visit Baghdad, linked to the memory of Abraham, the city of Erbil, as well as Mosul and Qaraqosh in the plain of Nineveh” from March 5-8, as quoted by CNN.
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Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Pope Francis updates Vatican financial authority following scandals

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 12:29 AM IST
Pope Francis has revamped the Holy See’s financial intelligence and anti-money-laundering unit following financial scandals, including an ongoing in-house corruption probe, Vatican officials said Saturday.
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Newly elected Cardinal Enrico Feroci poses for pictures in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.(AP)
Newly elected Cardinal Enrico Feroci poses for pictures in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.(AP)

Pope, with new cardinals, warns church against mediocrity

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Vatican City
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 05:53 PM IST
Eleven of the 13 new cardinals sat near the central altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, where Francis on Saturday had bestowed upon them the red hats symbolizing they are now so-called princes of the church.
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Pope appoints first African American cardinal(Twitter/ameer_shirolkar)
Pope appoints first African American cardinal(Twitter/ameer_shirolkar)

Pope Francis appoints first African-American cardinal to make the Roman Catholic Church more inclusive

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Vatican City
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:51 AM IST
To make the Roman Catholic Church more inclusive, transparent and more focused on defending the most vulnerable members of society after his death, Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday including the first African-American
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A demonstrator participates in an anti-abortion rally outside the National Congress building, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(REUTERS)
A demonstrator participates in an anti-abortion rally outside the National Congress building, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(REUTERS)

Thousands in Argentina march against new move to legalize abortion

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Bueno Aires
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:29 AM IST
The largest group congregated in Buenos Aires before the Congress, which is expected in the coming week to begin debating legislation on a matter that has bitterly divided the traditionally Catholic South American nation.
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Nine are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, further solidifying the majority of Francis-appointed prelates in the College of Cardinals(AFP)
Nine are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, further solidifying the majority of Francis-appointed prelates in the College of Cardinals(AFP)

Pope elevating 13 new cardinals in ceremony marked by Covid-19

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Rome
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 09:21 PM IST
The ceremony, known as a consistory, is the seventh of Francis’ pontificate and once again reflected the Argentine pope’s effort to name cardinals from places that have never had them before or whose service to the church he wants to highlight.
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China and the Vatican have had no formal relations since the Communist Party cut ties after seizing power in 1949.(REUTERS)
China and the Vatican have had no formal relations since the Communist Party cut ties after seizing power in 1949.(REUTERS)

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 03:22 PM IST
China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that Francis’ remarks had “no factual basis at all.” Zhao made no mention of the camps in which more than 1 million Uighurs and members of other Chinese Muslim minority groups have been held.
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Pope Francis.(Reuters)
Pope Francis.(Reuters)

Pope, for first time, says China’s Uighurs are ‘persecuted’

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Vatican
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:35 AM IST
In the wide-ranging “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future,” Francis also says the Covid-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income.
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Pope Francis(Reuters photo)
Pope Francis(Reuters photo)

Pope Francis says his brush with death helps him relate to Covid-19 victims

By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:44 PM IST
In the book, a conversation with one of his biographers, Briton Austen Ivereigh, Francis talks in some of the most personal terms to date about the time he was hovering between life and death.
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The Pope said “We need change.The pandemic brought our organizational and developmental models into a crisis. ”(AP Photo)
The Pope said “We need change.The pandemic brought our organizational and developmental models into a crisis. ”(AP Photo)

Pope Francis requests patience, solidarity during pandemic times

By Bloomberg | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 05:26 PM IST
The Pope praised what he called urban heroes “who take responsibility toward others and look for a concrete solution so no one is left behind.”
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Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters File Photo)
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters File Photo)

Muslims have right to kill French: Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

By Agencies | Paris/ Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 12:59 AM IST
Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad accused French President Emmanuel Macron of not being civilised and “primitive”.
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Forensic specialists inspect the scene of a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020(Reuters photo)
Forensic specialists inspect the scene of a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020(Reuters photo)

Vatican says ‘terrorism, violence never acceptable’ after France knife attack

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh | Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of an attack by a knifeman in a Nice church Thursday, as the Vatican said “terrorism and violence can never be accepted”.
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Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome.(AP)
Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome.(AP)

‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s Covid-19 advisers and the mask

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Rome
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2020 09:49 PM IST
Francis has courted some criticism for declining to wear a mask when indoors, even though Vatican regulations call for masks indoors and out when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
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In this photo, Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners following Mass at St. Augustine Church in Washington.(AP)
In this photo, Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets parishioners following Mass at St. Augustine Church in Washington.(AP)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory to be Vatican’s first Black Cardinal from US

By Associated Press | Srivatsan K C | Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 01:55 PM IST
In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
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Venezuela’s Maduro, citing Pope, asks congress to consider same-sex marriage(Twitter/NicolasMaduro/downwithtyranny/gaymen_online)
Venezuela’s Maduro, citing Pope, asks congress to consider same-sex marriage(Twitter/NicolasMaduro/downwithtyranny/gaymen_online)

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro asks congress to consider same-sex marriage, quotes Pope Francis’ support

By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Caracas
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Citing Pope Francis’ recent supporting comments on the rights of gay people, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asks National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage in next term
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Pope Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic and his comments on same-sex marriages has reignited a debate on the legal status of the members of the LGBT community.(REUTERS Photo)
Pope Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic and his comments on same-sex marriages has reignited a debate on the legal status of the members of the LGBT community.(REUTERS Photo)

Catholic priests’ body insists Pope’s views on same sex union misinterpreted

By Ramesh Babu | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 04:26 PM IST
In a recently released documentary, Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions in a significant break from his predecessors.
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While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.(Reuters Photo)
While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.(Reuters Photo)

Plot thickens over origins of Pope’s civil union endorsement

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Vatican City
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 09:07 PM IST
The Vatican refused to comment on whether it cut the remarks from its own broadcast or if the Mexican broadcaster that conducted the interview did. And it didn’t respond to questions about why it allowed the comments to be aired now in the documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday.
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Pope Francis.(Reuters file photo)
Pope Francis.(Reuters file photo)

Pope Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 08:41 AM IST
The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.
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Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)

Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience

By Associated Press | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi | Associated Press, Rome
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Francis shunned a face mask again during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican auditorium, and didn’t wear one when he greeted a half-dozen mask-less bishops at the end. He shook hands and leaned in to chat privately with each one.
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Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, at the Vatican.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis removes Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Rome
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 06:54 PM IST
The resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz suggests the Vatican was able to substantiate at least some elements of the accusations made in a documentary about sex abuse in Poland that has undermined the country’s influential Catholic hierarchy.
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Pope Francis(AP photo)
Pope Francis(AP photo)

Pope taps cardinal from Congo to join group of key advisors

By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh | Vatican City
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Pope Francis named the archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo, to his core group of cardinal advisers Thursday, giving the African prelate an influential new role in helping shape Vatican policy.
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