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Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital

19 May 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to journalists killed while doing their jobs, saying media freedom is a key indicator of a country's health.

REFILE-Pope pays tribute journalists killed; says press freedom vital

18 May 2019

VATICAN CITY, May 18 Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to journalists killed while doing their jobs, saying media freedom is a key indicator of a country's health.

And then there was light: Cardinal breaks law to restore power for homeless

13 May 2019

ROME A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.

Pope decrees bishops must be directly accountable for sex abuse or cover-ups

09 May 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis issued a landmark decree on Thursday making bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any cases to Church superiors and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed. | Video

Pope says more study needed on role of women deacons in early Church

07 May 2019

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE Pope Francis said on Tuesday more study was needed on the role of women deacons in the early Christian Church, which eventually could affect decisions on the role of women today.

Pope, invoking Mother Teresa, encourages North Macedonia's bid to join EU

07 May 2019

SKOPJE Pope Francis on Tuesday implicitly blessed efforts by North Macedonia and other Balkan countries to join the European Union, saying Skopje could look to its most famous daughter, Mother Teresa, as a stimulus to build a common destiny. | Video

Pope defends migrants during trip to immigration-adverse Bulgaria

06 May 2019

SOFIA, Bulgaria Pope Francis said on Monday the plight of suffering immigrants and refugees was "the cross of humanity," taking up their case for the second day of a visit to Bulgaria that has put him at odds with the government.

Pope says emigration, low birth rates have brought 'Ice Curtain' on Europe

05 May 2019

SOFIA Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to address wealth inequality and low birth rates which he said had created an "ice curtain" between Europe's richer and poorer states and was fuelling emigration.

Pope on sensitive trip to Orthodox Bulgaria and North Macedonia

03 May 2019

VATICAN CITY/RAKOVSKI, BULGARIA Pope Francis starts a trip on Sunday to Bulgaria and North Macedonia where he will have to tread carefully because of sensitive relations with the dominant Eastern Orthodox Church in the two Balkan countries where Catholics are a tiny minority.

Conservatives want Catholic bishops to denounce pope as heretic

01 May 2019

VATICAN CITY A group of 19 Catholic priests and academics have urged bishops to denounce Pope Francis as a heretic, in the latest ultra-conservative broadside against the pontiff over a range of topics from communion for the divorced to religious diversity. | Video

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