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Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | When Francis becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula on Sunday, he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam and confirms interreligious dialogue as a keystone of his papacy. In the long, complicated and often bloody …

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Did Pope Francis deny existence of hell?

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vatican communications department has been working overtime the past few weeks. They are scrambling to contextualize a remark attributed to Pope Francis by an Italian journalist at the newspaper La Repubblica that hell does not exist. Speaking to the newspaper’s founder, journalist and atheist …

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Pope celebrates Easter under sunny sky, tight security

po Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass under tight security and a sunny sky on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in a flower-bedecked St Peter’s Square. Under a longstanding tradition, the Netherlands donated some 50,000 tulips, daffodils, roses and …

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Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis on Sunday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria to allow aid deliveries, especially in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta which has been hit by regime bombardment. “This February has been one of the most violent (periods) in …

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Pope heads to Colombia to anoint peace process

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis launches an emotionally charged visit next week to Colombia, to call for reconciliation as the country emerges from Latin America’s longest civil war in a contested peace process. In his fourth visit to his native region of the world since becoming pope …

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Francis shocks Felix, Miller-Uibo for world 400m gold

London, United Kingdom | AFP | American Phyllis Francis ripped up the form book to claim a shock gold in the women’s 400m at the IAAF World Championships on Wednesday. The race had been billed as a straight duel between multi-medalled American Allyson Felix, the defending champion, and Olympic champion Shaunae …

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