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Putin meets pope, ‘welcoming’ populist govt during Italy trip

4 July 2019, 9:11 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a lightning visit to Rome on Thursday, including talks with the pope, hailing efforts by Italy’s populist government to ease sanctions despite Moscow’s ongoing crisis with the West.

Pope appeals for peace, dialogue in Sudan

10 June 2019, 6:01 AM

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Sudan following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum last week.

Pope beatifies seven Communist-era bishops in Romania

2 June 2019, 2:44 PM

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified seven Greco-Catholic bishops jailed and tortured during the Communist era on the final day of his visit to Romania.

Pope pays tribute journalists killed; says press freedom vital

18 May 2019, 6:20 PM

Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to journalists killed while doing their jobs, saying media freedom is a key indicator of a country’s health.

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Pope decrees bishops must be directly accountable for sex abuse or cover-ups

9 May 2019, 4:24 PM

Pope Francis issued a landmark decree on Thursday; making bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any cases to Church superiors and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed.

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