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Pope reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis was reported Thursday to have tested negative for the novel coronavirus after a person in his residence was said to have contacted COVID-19. Several Italian newspapers with reputable sources in the Vatican said the Italian clergyman who got sick had lived for …

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Pope ‘tests negative for coronavirus’: report

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni did not respond to a request for comment on the report in the Messaggero newspaper. Francis cancelled a Lent …

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Pope says poverty can be beaten if rich play their part

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis insisted Wednesday poverty could be beaten if the world’s rich play a full part in ending inequality as he attended a conference on financial inclusion. “We are neither condemned to inequality nor to paralysis in the face of injustice. The rich world …

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Former prostitutes among ex-nuns at Vatican shelter: cardinal

Rome, Italy | AFP | Former nuns “abandoned” by the Catholic Church, including some who became prostitutes to survive, have been sheltered at a Vatican residence for more than a year, a Brazilian cardinal said. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz confirmed the house’s existence at an undisclosed location in Vatican City …

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Ex-pope’s shadow Vatican role in the spotlight

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Ex-pope Benedict XVI seems to have broken his silence recently over key Catholic issues and his comments have raised serious questions within the Church about the extent to which there are, in fact, two “men in white” at the Vatican. In 2013, Benedict became …

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Dispute over former pope’s role in controversial book

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | The Vatican was gripped Tuesday by a dispute over whether elderly ex-pope Benedict XVI was being used by the Catholic Church’s ultra-conservative wing to undermine his successor Pope Francis. At least three Vatican correspondents cited a source close to Benedict saying the former pontiff …

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Church is losing influence, pope warns

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis on Saturday called on church leaders for a “change in mentality”, saying the Christian faith is less heeded, even ignored, in the modern world. New methods were needed to help “reposition our ways of thinking and our attitudes”, the pope warned in …

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Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world’s only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on nuclear weapons. The Argentine pontiff, 82, flies to Asia on Tuesday, where he will first visit …

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Catholic institutions asked to rethink higher education approaches

Mpigi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The Papal nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Luigi Bianco has challenged catholic founded institutions to rethink their way of teaching and front an ‘integral education in a fragmented world, full of contradictions.’   The Papal nuncio says that challenges stirred by development and the evolution of technology …

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