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Pope Francis focuses his message on helping vulnerable children and women 'who are victims of prostitution and human trafficking, humiliated in their essential human dignity'
The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan
Francis is the first pontiff in nearly four decades to visit Thailand where the nearly 400,000-strong Catholic community makes up a little more than 0.5% of the population
A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war
The Vatican statement says: 'Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor,' adding that Rene Bruelhart's mandate had expired
Pope Francis, 82, flies to Asia on November 19, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War
The two Netflix originals will be screened at the Cinema One Originals Film Fest that will run from November 13 to 17
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in the upcoming film by 'City of God' director Fernando Meirelles
'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says
Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'
'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms
Pope Francis cites the 'distorted relationship between food and nutrition' has left almost 700 million people overweight, 'victims of improper dietary habits'
Along with Newman, Pope Francis canonizes 4 others to sainthood – the highest position within the Church
'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope
Sufferers 'are often victims of violence, mistreatment and abuse that crushes their dignity,' says the Pope in a message to mark World Alzheimer's Day on September 21
Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says
(UPDATED) The pope will celebrate mass at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument, the same hillside location where John Paul II celebrated the eucharist during the last papal visit to Mauritius in 1989
(UPDATED) During the homily, the Pope urges the Madagascar faithful 'to build history in fraternity and solidarity' and 'in complete respect for the earth and its gifts, as opposed to any form of exploitation'
(UPDATED) Sunday will mark the high point of Francis' visit with a huge mass in the capital expected to be attended by some 800,000 pilgrims
'I would like to ask everyone... to pray for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their lives,' says the Pope
The pope is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands during his visit
The pope's decision to visit two of the most impoverished countries in the world is seen as an act of solidarity from a cleric who was a frequent presence in the shantytowns of Argentina
The appointments come as the Argentine pontiff gradually shapes a less European college of cardinals
Pope Francis apologizes for being late to his weekly Angelus prayer
'Let us renew our pledge to respect one another and the web of life,' Cardinal Tagle adds
The two actors share the screen in the upcoming film about the transition of power between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis
He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible
Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions
Matteo Bruni, who has worked in the Holy See Press Office since 2009 and coordinated the press on the pontiff's international trips since 2013, takes over from interim spokesman Alessandro Gisotti
The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'
Pope Francis says 'the international community cannot accept such grave incidents'
(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled
'The life of a sailor or fisherman is characterized by isolation and distance,' the Pope tells a delegation of priests from the Stella Maris network which operates in 300 ports around the world
'I am honored to officially extend an invitation to Your Holiness to visit Iraq – the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the faithful and messenger of the divine religions,' says President Barham Saleh
Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75
Pope Francis says the 7 Greco-Catholic bishops 'suffered and sacrificed their lives, opposing a system of totalitarian and coercive ideology'
During the 3-day trip to Romania, Pope Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations
'Is it lawful to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,' says the Pope
The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski broke a police seal to turn the electricity back on in a Rome building where 450 people had been living without light or hot water since May 6
Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional
People of all faiths are scooping up the 15,000 tickets to attend the Pope's mass in Skopje's main square, to be held just down the street from where Mother Teresa was baptized in 1910
Pope Francis urges Bulgarians to 'not close your eyes, your hearts, or your hands to those who knock at your door'
He said the cosmetologists should be guided by their patron saint, Peruvian Martino de Porres
As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent
The refugees' situation 'which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict,' says the Pope
'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address
After the Easter Sunday liturgy, Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) speech. Watch it live on Rappler.
'Without realizing that everything is connected with one another, as emphasized in the 'Laudato Si,' we become ignorant to just how our individual actions can make a big impact'
The pope emeritus, who retired in 2013, blames the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally with the fight for an 'all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms'