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Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

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COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Pope says orders investigation into sexual abuse in Spain

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis said on Tuesday he had personally ordered an investigation into a case of sexual abuse of a minor by priests in Spain because he felt the church should not hide the truth.

World, Spain, 12:57pm EST

Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope tells Europe

STRASBOURG, France - Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming "a vast cemetery". | Video

World, 12:18pm EST

Don't shut door to dialogue with Islamic State: pope

ABOARD PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis said on Tuesday that while it was "almost impossible" to have a dialogue with Islamic State insurgents, the door should not be shut.

World, 12:12pm EST

Spain arrests three priests, layman in Granada sexual abuse ring

MADRID - Three Spanish Catholic priests and a lay person were arrested on Monday, a police source said, in a child sexual abuse case whose victim Pope Francis has reportedly telephoned to offer the Church's apology.

World, Spain, 24 Nov 2014

Pope condemns Jerusalem synagogue attack

ROME - Pope Francis has condemned an attack by two Palestinians who killed four rabbis and a policeman in a Jerusalem synagogue, and expressed concern about rising tension and violence in the city. | Video

World, 19 Nov 2014

Pope Francis warns of 'social emergency' after Rome clashes

ROME - Pope Francis warned on Sunday of a "social emergency" after violent protests against a migrant reception center in Rome highlighted growing social tensions in disadvantaged areas of the Italian capital.

World, Italy, 16 Nov 2014

Pope to visit typhoon-devastated area during Philippines trip

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit the Philippines region devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last year, with four million people still homeless, when he makes his second trip to Asia in January, the Vatican said on Friday.

World, Natural Disasters, 14 Nov 2014

Pope laments 'murder' of missing Mexican students

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his sorrow at what he said is clearly the murder of 43 missing Mexican students, though the government has yet to officially declare them dead after their abduction and apparent massacre in the southwest of the country in late September. | Video

World, Mexico, Mexico Election, 12 Nov 2014

Pope demotes outspoken American conservative cardinal

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff's reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

World, 08 Nov 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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