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Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The Argentine-born pontiff was shining the spotlight on the simmering conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche people

AMONG THE PEOPLE. Pope Francis waves crowds from the popemobile on his way to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago on January 17, 2018. Pablo Vera Lisperguer/AFP

Pope Francis reaches out to indigenous Mexicans

Feb 15, 2016 - 6:16 PM

The 79 year old pontiff s visit to the least Catholic state in Mexico comes in the middle of an intense 5 day trip that he has already used to speak out against crime and corruption

HOLA MEXICO. Pope Francis greets attendees waiting for his arrival to the Apostolic Nunciature in Mexico City, Mexico, February 14, 2016, where he will spend the night. Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: key points

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Here are key points from their joint declaration

JOINT DECLARATION. Pope Francis (2-L), Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril (2-R) sign a common declaration at Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, 12 February 2016. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:18 AM

The Orthodox Church s refusal to accept the primacy of the Roman pontiff has long been the primary barrier to a rapprochement between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches

CHRISTIAN UNITY. Pope Francis (L) and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (R), held a historic meeting in Havana's international airport. The two leaders signed a memorandum, which focused on ecumenism, or efforts to reunite Christian churches, common Christian values, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Pope Francis heads to Sarajevo with reconciliation message

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:51 PM

The one day trip underlines the importance he attaches to the promotion of co existence between peoples and faiths

PAPAL WAVE. A smile and a wave from Pope Francis to pilgrims at the end of his weekly Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, May 27, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

#PopeFrancisPH: Kids' wishes and the wait for his message to PH

Jan 16, 2015 - 7:02 AM

Day 1 of Pope Francis s visit to the Philippines is devoted to children

SMILING FACES. Filipino children await the arrival of Pope Francis at Villamor Airbase on January 15, 2015. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Pope Francis reflects at Blue Mosque in symbolic Istanbul visit

Nov 29, 2014 - 7:17 PM

UPDATED His visit is seen as a crucial test of Francis s ability to build bridges between faiths amid the rampage by Islamic State ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria and concerns over the persecution of Christian minorities in the Middle East

On the second day of his visit Pope Francis enters the Sultan Ahmed Mosque - known popularly as the Blue Mosque - in Istanbul 29 November 2014. Photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Sri Lanka says papal visit on despite snap polls

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:09 PM

President s office: Pope Francis has graciously accepted the president s invitation and the Vatican has confirmed that His Holiness will be visiting Sri Lanka in January 2015

In this file photo, Pope Francis (C) greets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and his wife Shiranthi (R) during a private meeting in Vatican City, 03 October 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Sri Lankan snap polls cast doubt on Pope's visit

Oct 21, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election date but the information minister says the polls would be held in January when Pope Francis is due to visit

Pope Francis (C) greets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and his wife Shiranthi (R) during a private meeting in Vatican City, 03 October 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Pope sends rare goodwill message to China

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Pope: Upon entering Chinese airspace I extend best wishes to your excellency and your fellow citizens and I invoke the divine blessings of peace and wellbeing on the nation

Pope Francis waves upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base as South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) looks on in Seongnam on August 14, 2014. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

Vatican warns over Syria 'world conflict'

Sep 02, 2013 - 11:26 PM

A top Vatican official on Monday warned the war in Syria could escalate into a global conflict a day after Pope Francis made an impassioned call for peace

Pope Francis set for inauguration mass

Mar 19, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the mass laden with rituals and spectacular imagery

Pope faces diplomatic high-wire act in Lebanon trip

Sep 11, 2012 - 10:56 AM

Pope Benedict XVI sets off Friday September 14 for a three day visit to Lebanon which will demand a papal high wire act in a Middle East country riven by sectarian tensions as fighting rages next door in Syria

HELLO LEBANON. A poster welcoming Pope Benedict XVI appears under an billboard advertisement for a retail shop on the Dbayeh highway, north of Beirut, on September 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ