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Jun 30, 2015

Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits..

Jun 30, 2015

Pope to visit the powerful and the poor on Cuba, U.S. trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will meet prisoners, homeless people and immigrants as well as some of the world’s most powerful leaders during his September trip to Cuba and the United States, according to a Vatican program issued on Tuesday.

Francis, the first Latin American pope, will become the first pontiff to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress during the much anticipated Sept. 19-27 trip.

Jun 26, 2015

Vatican signs first treaty with ‘State of Palestine’, backs two-state solution

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

The treaty concerned the Catholic Church’s activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Jun 25, 2015

Gays can’t use U.S. Catholic family meet to attack Church, bishop says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ U.S. visit this year but won’t be allowed to use it to attack Church teachings, the city’s archbishop said on Thursday.

“We don’t want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our Church,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Catholic Church teaches homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are.

Jun 25, 2015
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Outreach to gay couples not on agenda for Vatican meeting

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(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organisers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic.

Jun 22, 2015
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Pope Francis asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

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(Waldensian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church’s “non-Christian and inhumane” treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

Francis made his plea during the first ever visit by a pope to a Waldensian temple on the second day of a trip to Italy’s northern Piedmont region, the centre of the Waldensian Church, which has only about 30,000 followers worldwide.

Jun 22, 2015
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Pope Francis says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

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(Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Jun 22, 2015

Pope asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church’s “non-Christian and inhumane” treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

Francis made his plea during the first ever visit by a pope to a Waldensian temple on the second day of a trip to Italy’s northern Piedmont region, the center of the Waldensian Church, which has only about 30,000 followers worldwide.

Jun 21, 2015

Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

Jun 21, 2015

Pope says abuse of migrants ‘makes one cry,’ visits Turin Shroud

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday the mistreatment of migrants escaping war and injustice “makes one cry” as he visited the northern Italian city of Turin, stopping to pray before an icon some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth.

The Church has not taken an official position, saying the mysterious cloth that has baffled scientists is at least a powerful reminder of Jesus’ suffering.