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  1. News - World

    Pope Francis decides to canonize Pope John XXIII even without having usual miracle approved

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 07:02pm by AP

    ... VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decides to canonize Pope John XXIII even without having usual miracle approved. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1276168/pope-francis-decides-canonize-pope-john-xxiii-even-without-having-usual
  2. News - World - TERRORISM

    Security increased at the Vatican over fears Pope Francis could be a target

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:49pm by Agence France-Presse in Rome

    ... on Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger. A foreign security service alerted Italy this week after intercepting a conversation between two Arab speakers that referred to “a ... being kept under surveillance. The news came a day before Pope Francis’s trip to Albania, where the pontiff is expected to mingle with the crowds as usual despite reports of possible danger from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1596807/security-increased-vatican-over-fears-pope-francis-could-be-target
  3. News - World - ARGENTINA

    Pope Francis renews his right to travel as an Argentinian citizen

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 09:22pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Buenos Aires Papal passport Pope Francis may be the head of the Vatican state, but he is not giving up the right to travel as just another Argentinian citizen. The leader of the Catholic Church has renewed his passport and national identity card, and Argentina's Vatican envoy said on Monday that the pope insisted on paying for the documents himself. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1430462/pope-francis-renews-his-right-travel-argentinian-citizen
  4. News - World - RELIGION

    Two popes canonised at single Vatican ceremony attended by Pope Francis and predecessor Benedict

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 05:04am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Vatican City Francis and Benedict attend ceremony to make John XXIII and John Paul II saints, the first time two ex-pontiffs are canonised at the same time 'Four-pope ... figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of conservatives by battling communism and contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union. Yesterday, Pope Francis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1498614/two-popes-canonised-single-vatican-ceremony-attended-pope-francis-and
  5. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    Pope Francis baptises S Korean father of victim killed in Sewol ferry disaster

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:14am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Pope Francis baptises father of ferry victim Pope Francis made another gesture yesterday toward families who lost loved ones in South Korea's ferry disaster, baptising the father of a student victim. Lee Ho-jin took the Christian name "Francis" during the rite, which the pope administered in the Vatican's embassy in Seoul, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575585/pope-francis-baptises-s-korean-father-victim-killed-sewol-ferry-disaster
  6. News - World - IRAQ

    Pope Francis backs use of force to protect Iraqi religious minorities

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:43pm by AP

    ... Associated Press aboard the papal plane Pope backs use of force to protect Iraqi minorities Pope Francis said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq ... their homes. "In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Pope Francis said. "I underscore the verb ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577013/pope-francis-backs-use-force-protect-iraqi-religious-minorities
  7. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Pope Francis ends South Korean visit with message of peace

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:38pm by Reuters

    ... with words of peace Pope Francis yesterday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping up a five-day trip to South ... and Beijing have long had fraught relations, and Francis' predecessor, Pope John Paul II, had to avoid Chinese airspace during an Asia trip. On Sunday, the pontiff said Asian governments should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576167/pope-francis-ends-south-korean-visit-message-peace
  8. News - Asia - RELIGION

    800,000 turn out for Pope Francis' open-air mass in Seoul

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 07:21pm by AP, Reuters

    ... Associated Press and Reuters 800,000 attend Pope's open-air mass in Seoul Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs yesterday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out ... to Catholic clergy, saying those who professed poverty while living rich material lives were hypocrites who hurt the image and mission of the church. Watch: Pope Francis says a mass for Korean martyrs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575001/pope-beatifies-over-100-korean-martyrs-visits-anti-abortion-shrine
  9. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Pope Francis heads to South Korea with message of peace

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:50am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Pope plans message of peace on first trip to Asia Pope Francis travels to South Korea this week with a message of peace for the divided peninsula on his first ... Pope Benedict XVI, who never visited Asia during his eight-year papacy. Vatican watchers say the pope will address the whole continent on the seven-day trip where the number of Catholics, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570955/pope-francis-heads-south-korea-message-peace
  10. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis to send greeting to China during fly-over to Seoul

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 09:50pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Pope to send greetings to Beijing in fly-over to Seoul Pope Francis' coming trip to South Korea will provide an unusual opportunity to speak directly to the leadership in Beijing. His plane is due to fly through Chinese airspace, and Vatican protocol calls for the pope to send greetings to leaders of all the countries he flies over. When St John Paul ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1569430/pope-francis-send-greeting-china-during-fly-over-seoul

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