The Vatican responds to the devastating Notre-Dame fire

Pope Francis “is praying for the French people, for Parisians and for Catholics” after the devastating fire that raged through the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city, according to a spokesman for the Holy See.

AP Explains: Why Pope Francis wants global approach to abuse scandal

Pope Francis has summoned nearly 200 church leaders to the Vatican for a four-day meeting on preventing clergy sex abuse and listening to the victims. AP’s Nicole Winfield says Francis has told bishops to move beyond condemnation of abuse cases and take more concrete action.

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Girl passes security to greet pontiff before Mass

(5 Feb 2019) Pope Francis received a surprise gift on Tuesday when a little girl crawled under the barrier at an Abu Dhabi stadium and ran to hand him a piece of paper. (Feb. 5)

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Pope calls for equal citizenship in Middle East

Pope Francis calls for equal citizenship rights and religious freedom in the Middle East during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the Arabian Peninsula.

Pope Francis visits UAE for first time

Pope Francis lands in Abu Dhabi for the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will take part in an inter religious conference and lead mass in a stadium.

Pope Francis arrives for massive vigil in Panama City

Pope Francis arrives to a Panama City park, where hundreds of thousands of faithful were expecting him ahead of a night of celebrations. IMAGES

Pope Francis visits Estonian capital Tallinn

Pope Francis is received at the presidential palace in Tallinn in an official welcome ceremony.

Pope: ‘I Won’t Say A Word About’ McCarrick Claim

(27 Aug 2018) Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick. (Aug. 27)

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Pope shares outrage at “repugnant crimes”

(25 Aug 2018) Pope Francis said at the start of a visit to Ireland on Saturday that he shares the outrage of rank-and-file Catholics over the failure of church authorities to punish the “repugnant crimes” of priests who raped and molested children. (Aug. 25)

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Merkel receives the lamp of Saint Francis, the Catholic “Nobel”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the lamp of St. Francis, the “Catholic Nobel” prize, in Assisi, Italy. IMAGES