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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
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
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 arch-rivals will attend 'an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust,' the Vatican says in a statement
The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests
Christians are a tiny minority in Morocco where 99% of the population is Muslim
Improving relations with other religions has been a priority for the Argentine pontiff, whose papacy has been marred by a wave of child sex abuse allegations against clergy
Anyone convicted of abuse must be 'removed from office' under the new legislation
The Vatican says Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs. This is in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.
Mozambique is reeling from a cyclone and floods that this month killed nearly 500 people and sparked cases of cholera
Ricardo Ezzati is the 7th senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which Pope Francis insists must be remedied
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(UPDATED) The pope's decision triggers sharp surprise from the chairman of the Bishops' Conference of France, who terms the situation 'unheard of'
(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation
Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18
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'We are experts in finding the bad things in others and not seeing our own,' says Pope Francis