The Papacy

 

Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

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VATICAN CITY - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

Pope congratulates Cuba, U.S. on new ties, promises more support

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba on their decision to establish diplomatic relations, and the Vatican said it was ready to support the strengthening of bilateral relations.

Politics, U.S., World 17 Dec 2014

Vatican played key role in Cuba-U.S. talks: officials

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in the reopening of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba and the release of imprisoned American Alan Gross, senior Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

Politics, U.S., Cuba, World 17 Dec 2014

Pope Francis condemns attacks in Australia, Pakistan, Yemen

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called "inhuman terrorist acts" in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.

World, 17 Dec 2014

Vatican report on U.S. nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

VATICAN CITY - A keenly-awaited Vatican report prompted partly by concerns over a secular mentality among some Roman Catholic nuns in the United States praised them on Tuesday for their social and educational work but urged them to stick closely to Church teachings.

World, U.S., 16 Dec 2014

U.S. asks Vatican for help with Guantanamo inmates

VATICAN CITY - The United States, which is seeking ways to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to transfer inmates to third countries, asked the Vatican on Monday for help finding "humanitarian solutions" for inmates, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

World, U.S., 15 Dec 2014

Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

MANILA - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday.

World, 15 Dec 2014

In Mass for Latin America, Pope calls for 'new models of development'

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, celebrating one of Latin America's most important feast days, on Friday called on the continent of his birth to find "new models of development" to help the poor, the suffering and those he said "hunger for justice."

World, 12 Dec 2014

Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See's already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.

World, China 12 Dec 2014

Pope calls for stability in Argentina ahead of election: media

BUENOS AIRES - Argentines across the political spectrum should work to maintain stability ahead of October's presidential election, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Sunday by La Nacion, one of the South American country's top newspapers.

World, 07 Dec 2014

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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