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EU, Burundi's Catholic Church pull out from observing elections

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BUJUMBURA - The European Union and Burundi's influential Roman Catholic Church on Thursday pulled out from observing elections in the African country, saying that next month's vote cannot be fair because of daily unrest and a crackdown on media.

Pope visit preparations promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

SREBRENICA, Bosnia - Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat.

World, 28 May 2015

Pope urges help for migrants stranded in Bay of Bengal

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies.

World, United Nations, 24 May 2015

British anti-slavery chief enlists Vatican in global pact to end slavery

VATICAN CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's anti-slavery commissioner received the backing of the Catholic Church on Saturday for a campaign to push for a global pact vowing to eradicate slavery in the next 15 years.

World, United Nations, 23 May 2015

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas 'angel of peace'

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Israel, World 19 May 2015

Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

ROME - Pope Francis' hard-hitting criticisms of localization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican's diplomatic muscles as well.

World, 18 May 2015

Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalized its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine. | Video

World, 17 May 2015

Pope calls Palestinian leader Abbas 'angel of peace'

ROME - Pope Francis met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, calling him "an angel of peace", days after the Vatican announced a treaty that formalized its recognition of the State of Palestine. | Video

World, United Nations, 16 May 2015

Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine, solidifying relationship

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, a move that gives legal weight to the Holy See's years-long recognition and that drew fast criticism from supporters of Israel. | Video

World, United Nations, 14 May 2015

Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine, solidifying relationship

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, a move that gives legal weight to the Holy See's years-long recognition and that drew fast criticism from supporters of Israel. | Video

World, United Nations, 13 May 2015

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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