Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain
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Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation. Popes often send telegrams of condolences after deadly natural disasters or the deaths of prominent world leaders. … Continue reading

“Don’t be afraid!” Pope starts campaign to promote migrants
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“Don’t be afraid!” Pope starts campaign to promote migrants

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday launched a two-year education campaign about the plight of migrants to counteract mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. and Europe, urging the world: “Don’t be afraid!” Francis posed for selfies, shook hands, kissed babies and hugged migrants at the end of his weekly general audience, teaching by … Continue reading

Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye
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Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who arrived in the port of Cartagena to be sold during Spanish colonial times. Francis’ visit to Cartagena got off to … Continue reading

Pope heads to Colombia seeking to heal conflict’s wounds
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Pope heads to Colombia seeking to heal conflict’s wounds

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis headed to Colombia on Wednesday to try to help heal the wounds of Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict, bolstered by a new cease-fire with a holdout rebel group but fully aware of the fragility of the country’s peace process. During a deeply symbolic five-day visit starting Wednesday, Francis is … Continue reading

Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal
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Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision. Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign … Continue reading

The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels
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The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local): 4:12 p.m. President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders. Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance “obsolete.” He’s also criticized member countries for not following NATO … Continue reading

Pope assumes responsibility for migrants in Vatican reform
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Pope assumes responsibility for migrants in Vatican reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is showing his profound concern for refugees by assuming direct responsibility for migrant issues in a new Vatican department that merges four Vatican offices into one handling peace, the environment and human trafficking issues. The Vatican issued the statutes Wednesday for the new Vatican dicastery, which puts the pontifical … Continue reading