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Pope Francis: 266th pope of the Catholic Church
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.

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Pope Francis holds ceremony after Italy relaxes COVID-19 restrictions [Video]

Pope Francis holds ceremony after Italy relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

Pope Francis holds ceremony after Italy relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

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Italy starts to return to normal [Video]

Italy starts to return to normal

Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica on Monday, as elsewhere Romans enjoyed drinking a morning cappuccino and eating fresh croissants in public as the country continued..

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Vatican disinfects St Peter's Basilica ahead of resumption of worship [Video]

Vatican disinfects St Peter's Basilica ahead of resumption of worship

The Vatican has started to disinfect St Peter's Basilica as it prepares to welcome worshippers back for masses from May 18. It is not yet known when Pope Francis will next preside over mass in person,..

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Pope warns 'selfish indifference' worse than coronavirus [Video]

Pope warns 'selfish indifference' worse than coronavirus

Pope Francis called on Sunday (April 19) for an all-embracing vision of the world after the COVID-19 crisis, saying moving on without global solidarity or excluding sectors of society from the recovery..

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Pell talks God's judgment, week after acquittal [Video]

Pell talks God's judgment, week after acquittal

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has made his first formal televised interview since his sexual assault conviction was overturned in court and his subsequent release from prison.

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Pope Francis Talks About Universal Basic Income [Video]

Pope Francis Talks About Universal Basic Income

Pope Francis wrote an Easter letter to leaders of prominent social movements. He said they should consider a universal basic wage to help the economic disruption from COVID-19. The pope said: "It would..

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Pope Says These Times Are Nort Worthy Of 'Indiferrence' And 'Self-Centredness' [Video]

Pope Says These Times Are Nort Worthy Of 'Indiferrence' And 'Self-Centredness'

Pope Francis asked for global solidarity to fight the coronavirus pandemic during his Easter message. According to Reuters, he urged relaxation of international sanctions, debt relief and ceasefires in..

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Hungarian triathlon champion who works with COVID-19 patients baptized at Easter [Video]

Hungarian triathlon champion who works with COVID-19 patients baptized at Easter

Hungarian World Cup 2014 triathlon race winner Akos Vanek, now a paramedic helping to fight the coronavirus, receives a special baptism in Budapest.

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Pope holds Easter Sunday mass scaled back by coronavirus [Video]

Pope holds Easter Sunday mass scaled back by coronavirus

Pope Francis led his Easter Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday in an event scaled down by new coronavirus outbreak.

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On Easter Eve, Pope Francis Urges Faithful To 'Not Yield To Fear' [Video]

On Easter Eve, Pope Francis Urges Faithful To 'Not Yield To Fear'

Amid the raging global coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis led an Easter eve Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday. According to Reuters, the Holy Father urged people to “not yield to..

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Doctors and nurses in Good Friday procession at Vatican [Video]

Doctors and nurses in Good Friday procession at Vatican

The Pope has presided over a late-night Good Friday procession from the steps outside St Peter’s Basilica. A pair of white-coated doctors who care for coronavirus patients participated in a torch-lit..

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Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus [Video]

Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus

Pope Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Friday (April 10) to pray at a scaled-down "Passion of the Lord" service commemorating Jesus' last hours of life and his..

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Pope Francis Says Coronavirus May Be a 'Response' From Nature [Video]

Pope Francis Says Coronavirus May Be a 'Response' From Nature

In a new interview, the head of the Catholic Church linked the global outbreak to our failure to properly address climate change.

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Pope Francis Gives Talks About 'Unjust Sentences' As Cardinal George Pell Is Acquitted [Video]

Pope Francis Gives Talks About 'Unjust Sentences' As Cardinal George Pell Is Acquitted

Australia's highest court acquitted Cardinal George Pell of sexually abusing two choir boys. After the acquittal, Pope Francis dedicated his mass to those suffering from unjust sentences. According to..

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'He's disappointed' says lawyer of Pell's accuser [Video]

'He's disappointed' says lawyer of Pell's accuser

The lawyer of the man who accused former Vatican treasurer George Pell of sexually assaulting him and another teenage boy in the 1990s, said on Wednesday that her client was disappointed by Pell's..

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After Cardinal Pell acquitted, pope decries "unjust sentences" [Video]

After Cardinal Pell acquitted, pope decries "unjust sentences"

The Vatican says it welcomes the acquittal of Cardinal Pell by an Australian court on child abuse charges, saying he "waited for the truth to be ascertained. Earlier Pope Francis used his morning mass..

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Pope opens Holy Week amid lockdown [Video]

Pope opens Holy Week amid lockdown

Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, urging people not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the suffering of others. Lauren Anthony..

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Pope Celebrates Palm Sunday Services In Empty St. Peter's Basilica [Video]

Pope Celebrates Palm Sunday Services In Empty St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday. The Holy Father urged people living through the coronavirus pandemic to be less concerned with..

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Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus [Video]

Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus

Pope Francis and his closest aides do not have coronavirus. Reuters reports tests were made on 170 people in the Vatican. Six showed positive, including one who lives in the Santa Marta guesthouse. I..

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Pope holds dramatic solitary service [Video]

Pope holds dramatic solitary service

Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of..

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Public returns to St. Peter's Square; pope calls for defense of environment

The public returned to St Peter's Square on Sunday to receive Pope Francis's blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.
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Vatican, Italy resume public church services as lockdown eases

Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Monday and Catholic churches across Italy held public Masses for the first time in two months, in the latest easing..
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Vatican, Italy start return to religious normal as public Masses resume

Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica on Monday and Catholic churches held public Masses for the first time in two months in the latest easing of Italy's coronavirus..
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Pope joins inter-faith prayers against coronavirus, irks ultra-conservatives

Pope Francis joined an inter-faith day of prayer on Thursday to call on God to end the coronavirus pandemic, brushing aside criticism from ultra-conservative Catholic groups, with one accusing him of..
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Coronavirus drains Vatican coffers as income falls, deficits loom

Late last month, the Vatican announced the coronavirus pandemic had forced Pope Francis to postpone an annual fund raising campaign among Catholics worldwide to help him carry out his ministry.
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Pope praises nurses' role in fighting coronavirus

Pope Francis praised the work of nurses around the world on Tuesday, saying the coronavirus crisis had shown how vital their service is, as he appealed to governments to invest more in healthcare.
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Merkel and Pope Francis want to help poor countries face pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis discussed the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world in a phone call on Thursday and agreed on the need to help poorer countries, her..
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Coronavirus is no excuse to exploit workers, pope says

Pope Francis said on Wednesday employers must respect the dignity of workers, particularly migrants, despite economic difficulties brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
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Pope says coronavirus vaccine must be shared worldwide

Pope Francis called on Sunday for international scientific cooperation to discover a vaccine for the coronavirus and said any successful vaccine should be made available around the world.
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Pope says obey rules during exit from coronavirus lockdowns

Pope Francis on Tuesday urged people to obey rules aimed at preventing a devastating second wave of infections as their leaders begin to ease coronavirus lockdowns.
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On Earth Day, pope says nature will not forgive our trespasses

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be..
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Pope, on eve of summit, urges fractured EU to find unity over coronavirus

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Europe to remain united in overcoming the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, speaking on the eve of an EU summit to discuss a huge but divisive economic stimulus..
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Pope postpones two mega-events by a year because of coronavirus

Pope Francis has postponed two major international Catholic Church events by a year because of the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Pope to politicians: To fight coronavirus, put country before party

Pope Francis urged politicians on Monday to put aside partisan differences in order to deal with the coronavirus crisis in a united way.
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Recovery from coronavirus must be just and equitable, pope says

Pope Francis called on Sunday for an all-embracing vision of the world after the Covid-19 crisis, saying moving on without global solidarity or excluding sectors of society from the recovery would..
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Protect women from domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns: pope

Pope Francis said on Monday society had to stand behind women victims of domestic violence, as abuse increased around the world during coronavirus lockdowns.
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Pope marks 'Easter of solitude' in virus lockdown

pope marks 'easter of solitude' in virus lockdown
Pope Francis gives Easter blessing following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread..
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'An Easter of solitude': Christians across the world mark Easter Sunday amid the coronavirus

Pope Francis said the coronavirus outbreak is testing "our whole human family." Here is how people across the world marked the day.
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Coronavirus: Pope calls for global solidarity in Easter message

Pope Francis reads a virtual Easter message instead of addressing crowds amid the virus lockdown.
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Banish 'self-centredness', pope tells the world as it faces coronavirus

Pope Francis called on Sunday for global solidarity in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, urging the relaxation of international sanctions, debt relief for poor nations and..
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'Be messengers of life in a time of death,' pope says on Easter eve

'be messengers of life in a time of death,' pope says on easter eve
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Coronavirus: Pope Francis urges people not to 'yield to fear'

He delivers an Easter service in an almost empty St Peter's Basilica because of the coronavirus lockdown.
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On Good Friday, Pope hears sorrows of prisoners and victims

Pope Francis presided at a "Way of the Cross" service held in an empty St. Peter's Square on Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak and listened as both prisoners and their victims recounted their..
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Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus

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Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

pope guides locked-down world through virtual easter
Vatican City: Church doors will be shut and the Vatican sealed off when Pope Francis leads 1.3 billion Catholics in Easter Sunday celebrations held under a worldwide coronavirus lockdown. Fear and..
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On Holy Thursday, pope hails front-line 'saints' helping virus victims

Pope Francis presided at a scaled-down Holy Thursday Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica, praising ordinary doctors, nurses and priests who risk their lives helping coronavirus victims as "the saints..
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Pope condemns those trying to make quick buck off coronavirus

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned people he said were exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to turn a quick profit and decried the "hypocrisy" of how some politicians are dealing with the crisis.
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After Pell acquittal, pope compares 'unjust sentences' to persecution of Jesus

Just hours after Australia's highest court threw out the sex abuse conviction of the Vatican's former treasurer, Pope Francis offered his morning Mass for all those who suffer from unjust sentences,..
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After Cardinal George Pell acquitted, Pope Francis decries 'unjust sentences' as Vatican 'welcomes' verdict

Pope Francis has appeared to offer George Pell support, dedicating his morning mass for those who suffer today from unjust sentences.
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After Pell sentence, pope prays for those suffering 'unjust sentences'

Pope Francis, speaking just a few hours after Australia's highest court acquitted Cardinal George Pell of sexually assaulting two choirboys, on Tuesday offered his morning Mass for those who suffer..
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Pope Francis marks Holy Week in near-empty basilica

A small number of worshippers attended the mass, while observing social distancing.
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Coronavirus live updates: US braces for surge in deaths; quiet Palm Sunday for pope; queen to speak

In Italy, Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica and, in England, Queen Elizabeth II was to address her nation – from isolation.
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Pope opens Holy Week amid pandemic; says now is the time to serve

Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter's Basilica, urging people living through the coronavirus pandemic not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the..
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As people are ordered to stay home, pope calls for help for homeless

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As national and local governments have been issuing stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis asked people to pray for and assist..
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Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirus

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis' vicar for the diocese of Rome, on Monday became the highest-ranking Catholic official known to test positive for coronavirus.
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Pope backs UN chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pope and closest aides do not have coronavirus: Vatican

The Vatican said on Saturday that tests carried out in the residence where Pope Francis lives showed that the 83-year-old pontiff and his closest aides do not have coronavirus.
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