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Pope prays for 'seeds of peace' for South Sudan, Congo

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:41:59 GMT2017-11-23T18:41:59Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has led a special prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica for peace in South Sudan and Congo....



Towering Christmas tree arrives at Vatican from Poland

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:58:11 GMT2017-11-23T13:58:11Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A towering Christmas tree that survived a lightning strike in Poland has been set up in St. Peter's Square as the Vatican gets ready for the holidays....



Pope Francis to visit 3 Baltic nations next year

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:25:13 GMT2017-11-23T11:25:13Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Pope Francis is planning a visit to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia next year, when the three Baltic nations celebrate their 100th anniversaries....



Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:24:08 GMT2017-11-23T00:24:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church....



Pope to meet with Myanmar military chief, Rohingya Muslims

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:23:39 GMT2017-11-22T14:23:39Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has added in a private meeting with Myanmar's military chief during his upcoming trip to the region in an indication that the Vatican views the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as a military operation distinct from the will of the civilian government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi....



Egypt detains 29 on charges they spied for Turkey

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:16:58 GMT2017-11-22T12:16:58Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention for two weeks of 29 suspected members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on charges they spied for Turkey....



Vatican beefs up oversight of diplomats after 2 sex probes

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:26:09 GMT2017-11-21T19:26:09Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has beefed up the Vatican's oversight of its diplomatic corps after two recent cases of alleged sexual misconduct and other instances of its ambassadors going off-message from the pope....



Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:01:07 GMT2017-11-21T15:01:07Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican and China are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement....



Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a 'great sin'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:08:05 GMT2017-11-19T15:08:05Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Celebrating Mass with poor people in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Sunday denounced those who dismiss poverty as "not my business" and defined indifference to the needy as a "great sin."...



Vatican: New probe begun into alleged sex at youth seminary

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:07:01 GMT2017-11-18T17:07:01Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Holy See says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a future priest had sex with a fellow student when they were teenagers at its youth seminary in Vatican City....