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Pope pays tribute to ‘today’s martyrs’


Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican as Syrian Roman Catholic children attend a mass in Damascus on Sunday. — AP

Pope Francis condemns Lahore attack

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned two suicide attacks on churches in Pakistan and accused the world of “seeking to hide” the persecution of Christians.

Pope hints he may resign in a few years

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

Vatican offered stolen Michelangelo papers for cash

A thief who stole two historic and hugely valuable documents written by Michelangelo offered to return them to the Vatican’s archives for cash, a spokesman for the Holy See revealed on Monday.

Pope Francis: Four women to be made saints

Pope Francis (right) greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the end of a consistory for the creation of new Cardinals—AFP

Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders — one French, one Italian and two Palestinians.

OK to spank kids if their dignity unhurt, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has said that it’s okay to spank your children to discipline them as long as their dignity is maintained.

Pope Francis tells clergy: Never try to cover up child abuse cases

Pope Francis and Kiribati President Anote Tong (left) exchange gifts during a private audience in the Vatican—AFP

Pope Francis has sent Catholic clergy a powerful reminder of their duty to stamp out sexual abuse of children by priests, warning that they must never let a fear of scandal lead to cover-ups.

Pope Francis decries ‘scandal’ of Ukraine Christians at war

Pope Francis shares a word with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families (right).  AP

Pope Francis has denounced the surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying it was a “scandal” that Christians were fighting among themselves.

Pope to new cardinals: No more flashy parties

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.

Pope says his consern for poor comes from Gospel

A seagull flies near the window as Pope Francis reads out his Sunday Angelus prayer in the Vatican on Sunday.— AP

Pope Francis is insisting that his concern for the poor and critique of the global economic system isn’t some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core “touchstone” of the Ch

When a 71-year-old nun, who has dedicated her life to the service of society, is gangraped, it becomes a symbol of our collective shame.

The recent crisis in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has cynics chuckling quietly to themselves. They insist that ideals and utopias are alien to politics.