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Pope tells new cardinals to be humble, shun parties

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has told the men he will elevate to the high rank of cardinal next month to be humble and shun lavish parties in their honor, saying they can do more damage than alcohol on … Continue reading

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Pope to new cardinals: No flashy parties

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum — and keep their egos in check — when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month. In a letter … Continue reading

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Pope praises big families after ‘like rabbits’ remark

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” made headlines this week. Francis said numerous children don’t cause poverty in the … Continue reading

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After pope visit, Philippines counts cost, talks up benefits

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When the pope comes to town a big bill awaits the host country, but the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offer plenty of good business. In pope-adoring Philippines, which hosted … Continue reading

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Pope to families: Learn to talk to one another again

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again. In his annual message for the church’s World Day of Communications, released Friday, Francis says … Continue reading

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Malaysia court dismisses Catholic appeal to use Allah

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Federal Court dismissed on Wednesday the Catholic Church’s application to review a judgment that prevented a Christian publication from using the word Allah to refer to God, ending a legal battle that began in 2007. … Continue reading

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Church backs Congo protesters, rights group says 42 killed

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s powerful Catholic church on Wednesday backed ongoing protests against reforms that could extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule, denouncing a government crackdown which a rights group said had killed 42 people. … Continue reading

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Pope sees ‘shadows and dangers’ amid Vatican attack fears

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw “shadows and dangers”, but urged them not to give in to fear. “On the horizon we see shadows … Continue reading

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Malaysia rejects Church paper’s last bid to use ‘Allah’

Malaysia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by the country’s Catholic newspaper for the right to use the word “Allah” to refer to the Christian God, in a case that has aggravated religious tensions. The Federal Court, Malaysia’s … Continue reading

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Pope rows back from ‘rabbits’ comments, praises large families

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a “gift from God”, just days after he said Catholics did not need to “breed like rabbits”. In an apparent row back from comments he made on his … Continue reading

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