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Pope Francis faces political and religious minefield in Holy Land

Vatican says purpose of visit is mainly religious, but political spectres hang over three-day tour of Jordan, Palestine and Israel In a refugee camp near Bethlehem, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’s first official trip to the Holy Land, which begins on Saturday night. On Saturday, in the…

Francis looks to heal Church by canonizing two popes this month

Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters. Conferring sainthood on John XXIII and……

Now the hard work starts for ‘superstar’ Pope Francis

Now the hard work starts. Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of. But he also knows that there is more to being pontiff than good PR. Bigger challenges…

Pope Francis understands economics better than most politicians

Pope Francis is a pontiff who has constructively broken all the rules of popery – so far to widespread acclaim. He’s faulted the Catholic church for its negative obsession with gays and birth control, and now he has expanded his mandate to economics with a groundbreaking screed denouncing “the new…

Biden heads to Rome for Pope’s inaugural mass

World leaders arrived in Rome ahead of an inauguration mass for Pope Francis who receives compatriot President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina on Monday in his first meeting with a head of state. The first pontiff from Latin America had testy relations with Kirchner when he was Buenos Aires’ archbishop, Jorge…

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