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Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests


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Pope snubs Vatican’s sci-fi Nativity scene and directs visitors to others


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Vatican: Pope to visit Iraq in March, pandemic permitting


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China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority


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NBA players hailed by pope at Vatican for demanding justice


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Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respected

Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respectedPope Francis met Iraq’s president on Saturday and the two agreed that the country’s sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran. President Barham Salih held private talks for about 30 minutes with the pope and then met the Vatican’s two top diplomats, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, its foreign minister. The talks “focused on the challenges the country currently faces and on the importance of promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue and the search for suitable solutions in favor of citizens and with respect for national sovereignty,” a Vatican statement said.



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US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a heroU.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, “You made me a hero” back home by granting him a private audience. Pence was beaming after the meeting, which appeared to be particularly cordial. The hero description apparently referred to Pence’s Catholic family upbringing.



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Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day messagePope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The traditional “Urbi et Orbi’’ (“to the city and to the world’’) Christmas message has become an occasion for popes to address suffering in the world and press for solutions. Francis was flanked by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, president of the papal council for migrants, and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the pope’s official almsgiver.



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Pope denounces 'rigidity' as he warns of Christian decline

Pope denounces 'rigidity' as he warns of Christian declinePope Francis warned Saturday that “rigidity” in living out the Christian faith is creating a “minefield” of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasingly irrelevant. Francis called for Vatican bureaucrats to instead embrace change during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who work in the Holy See. Francis’ message appeared aimed at conservative and traditionalist Catholics, including within the Vatican Curia, who have voiced increasing opposition to his progressive-minded papacy.



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