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Sep 21, 2014

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

TIRANA Albania (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armor of God”.

Francis made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, an impoverished Balkan country hailed by the pontiff as a model of inter-faith harmony because of good relations between its majority Muslim community and its Christian denominations.

Sep 18, 2014

Sophia Loren, Italy’s national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Sophia Loren, Italy’s national
cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking
the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her
rags-to-riches life.

For the 300-page “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – My Life,”
Loren went into what she called her “trunk of memories” to fish
out old pictures, letters and notes from the likes of Cary
Grant, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Richard Burton, not to
mention Italian soul mate Marcello Mastroianni.

Sep 16, 2014
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Philadelphia planning as if Pope Francis is coming in 2015, Chaput says

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(Archibishop of Philadelphia Charles Joseph Chaput attends a news conference at the Vatican September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is planning and raising funds as if Pope Francis will visit the city next year for the World Meeting of Families, the city’s Roman Catholic leader, Archbishop Charles Chaput said on Tuesday.

Sep 13, 2014
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Pope to visit Turkey in November

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(The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Pope Francis will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul at the end of November, the Vatican said on Friday.

Sep 5, 2014
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Shimon Peres floats idea of U.N.-style “United Religions” with Pope Francis

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(Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has held talks with Pope Francis to illustrate his idea for a U.N.-style “Organisation of United Religions” to combat violence in God’s name.

Sep 2, 2014
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Diego Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

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(Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) hugs Pope Francis during a special audience held before a special interreligious “Match for Peace”, at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine – soccer great Diego Maradona – attended a papal event.

Sep 1, 2014

Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine – soccer great Diego Maradona – attended a papal event.

Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation.

Sep 1, 2014

Soccer-Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine – soccer great Diego Maradona – attended a papal event.

Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organisers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-relgious cooperation.

Aug 26, 2014

Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican said.

In a statement late on Monday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also denied that the Vatican, by recalling Jozef Wesolowski to Rome last year when he was still a diplomat in Santo Domingo, had tried to cover up the case.

Aug 19, 2014
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Pope Francis says it’s legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

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(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

Pope Francis said on Monday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict.