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Pope pledges ‘solutions’ to celibacy in priesthood

Pope Francis promised “solutions” to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was qu

Vatican plays down papal rivalry

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With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of football rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German.

Pope meets sex abuse victims, begs forgivenessn

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Says victims’ suicides weigh on his conscience, vows bishops will be held accountable

Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims on Monday

Pope Francis will meet victims of paedophile priests for the first time on Monday, as a Vatican commission moves to address the problem of clerical sex abuse in developing countries.

Vatican ex-envoy defrocked for sex abuse

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The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.Polish A

Pontiff hails ‘courage’ of Abbas and Peres for talks

Pope Francis on Monday praised the “courage” of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after both agreed to come to the Vatican to pray with him for peace.Mr Abbas and Mr

Celibacy for priests is not a matter of dogma, says Pope

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Pope Francis said on Monday that the celibacy of priests is not a matter of Church dogma, while defending its value amid calls among some Catholics for the requirement to be dropped.Talking to reporte

Pope’s trip to West Asia politically crucial

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With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, Pope Francis makes his first visit to West Asia on Saturday, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the re

Nuns warn of trafficking in Brazil

Roman Catholic nuns backed by Pope Francis on Tuesday raised the alarm over increased risks of human

In Gurez, at the upper edge of northern Kashmir Valley, a serene calm prevails along the Line of Control. The undulating rhythms of the Kishanganga river that rolls through bowl-shaped valleys surrounded by the Himalayas on all four sides put Switzerland to shame.

Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.