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  • Pope appeals to US, Iran to pursue dialogue, self-restraint

    Pope Francis urges the United States and Iran to avoid escalation and pursue “dialogue and self-restraint” to avert a wider conflict in the Middle East.

  • Pope calls for dialogue and restraint amid growing US-Iran tensions

    Pope Francis calls for dialogue and restraint two days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander by the United States.

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    Pope says he is committed to stopping sexual abuse of nuns

    Pope Francis, whose papacy has been marked by efforts to quell a global crisis over sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, says he is committed to stopping the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops, some of whom had used the women as sex slaves.

  • Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

    Pope Francis has declined to comment on a growing scandal after a former Vatican official claimed the pontiff ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman and called on him to resign.

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    Pope Francis condemns Syria chemical attack

    Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria after a suspected attack in an opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta killed dozens of people.

  • Hasina meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday had a meeting with Pope Francis, spiritual leader of the world's Catholics, at the Holy See in Vatican City.

  • Hasina meets Pope Francis

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds a meeting with Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the Catholics of the world, at the Holy See in Vatican City.

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    Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

    Pope Francis says he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit”.

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    Pope, in Xmas message, calls for protection of Rohingyas

    Pope Francis in his Christmas message calls for adequate protection of the dignity of Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.

  • Reflections on the Pope's visit

    As the impressions of Pope Francis' back-to-back visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh sink in, some self-evident truths glare through the mists of Naypyidaw, the new Burmese capital.

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    Pope Francis defends Jerusalem 'status quo'

    Pope Francis, speaking hours before US President Donald Trump's announcement on Jerusalem, calls for the city's "status quo" to be respected, saying new tension in the Middle East would further inflame world conflicts.

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    Pope says defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

    Pope Francis defends his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue.

  • Pope Francis Bangladesh visit

    ‘Gossip is a kind of terrorism’

    Pope Francis compares gossip to terrorism, saying it acts like bombs to destroy communities and harmony. “Gossiping is a kind of terrorism,” he told a gathering of Catholic cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns and brothers at the 16th century Portuguese church at Tejgaon in Dhaka.

  • 'The presence of God today is also called Rohingya'

    For the first time on his Asia tour, Pope Francis referred to the Rohingya people by name yesterday and assured them of continued support so that they can get their rights back.

  • Pope calls refugees 'Rohingya' after emotional meeting in Dhaka

    Pope Francis refers to refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as "Rohingya", using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on an Asia tour dominated by their plight after meeting some of them in Dhaka.

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    PM calls on Pope at Vatican Embassy in Dhaka

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina makes a courtesy call on Pope Francis at Vatican Embassy in Dhaka.

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    Pope celebrates Holy Mass at Suhrawardy Udyan

    Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass, a prayer service, at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on the second day of his visit to Bangladesh.

  • Stand by Bangladesh

    Pope Francis yesterday called for "decisive" international action on the Rohingya refugee crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar.

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    Pope Francis: From a simple priest to Vicar of the Christ

    Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, hailing from Argentina, which is more famous for its football.

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    Take 'decisive' int’l step to end Rohingya crisis: Pope

    Pope Francis says the international community must take "decisive measures" to address the Rohingya crisis taking into account the "gravity of the situation".

  • Pope's visit to Bangladesh

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to Pope Francis who is in Bangladesh on a three-day visit. This is a historic moment for us and for the Christian community in Bangladesh in particular.

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    Pope calls for peace in Myanmar

    Pope Francis calls on the people of Myanmar to embrace peace and reconciliation on the third day of his visit fraught with diplomatic risk over a military crackdown that has triggered the flight of about 625,000 Muslim Rohingyas from the predominantly Buddhist country.

  • Pope Francis: Leading from the front

    Pope Francis is a leader who leads by example and not only by words. Simplicity and concern for the poor are two distinctive marks of a good leader. Gandhiji is a clear example. Pope Francis too tries to lead a simple life.

  • Pope sidesteps Rohingya crisis

    Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar yesterday, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya or the alleged ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country.

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    Pope Francis avoids mention of 'Rohingya' in Myanmar speech

    Pope Francis urges the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity", while avoiding a diplomatic backlash by not using the highly charged term "Rohingya" in his addresses to officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • Rohingya Crisis: Pope Francis in Myanmar amid calls for action

    Pope Francis faces a diplomatic test as he began his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, countries that attracted global attention following the Rohingya refugee crisis stemming from atrocities committed by Myanmar's army since late August.

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    Hope and fear as pope lands in Myanmar

    Pope Francis lands in Myanmar on a mission to dampen a powder keg of religious tension that many fear might only add sparks.

  • Pope praises Bangladesh for harmony

    Pope Francis appreciates Bangladesh's inter-religious harmony and cultural diversity, which he will celebrate during his visit here next week, Catholic Church officials said yesterday.

  • Pope Francis gets a special edition Lamborghini

    Luxury sports car maker Lamborghini presents Pope Francis with a brand-new, special edition Huracan that is to be auctioned off with the proceeds donated to charity.

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    Ireland to hold abortion referendum in 2018

    Ireland announced it will hold a referendum next year on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion in almost all cases -- just a few weeks before Pope Francis visits.