Pope Francis ‘responding well’ after scheduled intestinal surgery at Rome hospital

Pope Francis is “responding well” after surgery on his large intestine, the Vatican has said. Spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the stenosis surgery was done under general anaesthesia but he gave no details about how long it lasted or how long the pope would remain in Rome’s Gemelli hospital. The Vatican earlier said that the procedure had

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Pope Francis arrives at home of senior Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani

Pope Francis has arrived at the home of Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani – southern Iraq’s top shi’ite cleric – in a historic meeting of Catholic and Shi’ite Muslim leadership. It’s part of the first ever papal visit to the Gulf state this weekend. The Pope was driven to the home of the Ayatollah in a bullet-proof vehicle, before he

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Pope sparks fury in China by referring to 'persecuted' Muslim Uighurs

Pope sparks fury in China by referring to the country’s Muslim Uighurs as ‘persecuted’ Pope Francis compares China’s Uighurs to the Rohingya and Yazidi in his book Book Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future calls them ‘persecuted peoples’ Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian today rejected his description Pope Francis has sparked fury in China by referring

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Pope Francis holds Palm Sunday Mass in near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis held Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in a near-empty Vatican church — instead live-streaming the service as he called for a heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 83-year-old pontiff — who has twice tested negative for the deadly contagion — kicked off the Holy Week events that lead to Easter in an eerily empty St. Peter’s

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Pope coronavirus latest: Wary priests keep distance form Pope as Vatican fights outbreak

Police have barred the public from St Peter’s Square and the Vatican took measures to limit infections inside the city state and mitigate the economic fallout outside. During the audience, Pope Francis was surrounded by a handful of priest translators following medical advice by sitting about 3ft apart in his private library. He then sent out special prayers for prisoners,

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Feeling 'caged' by coronavirus alarm, pope delivers Sunday address over internet

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Saying he felt “caged,” Pope Francis delivered his Sunday blessing over the internet from inside the Vatican on Sunday instead of from a window to stop crowds gathering during Italy’s coronavirus outbreak. He did, however, go to the window and wave silently to a mere several hundred people in the huge square, which often draws tens

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Pope Francis warns 'rigid' Catholics are making 'minefield' of hatred

Pope Francis targets ‘rigid’ conservative Catholics in Christmas address to cardinals and warns that traditionalists are creating a ‘minefield’ of hatred Pope Francis issued the stark warning to staff while speaking today in the Sala Clementina, Vatican City Leader of the Roman Catholic church urged his followers to embrace change and his attempts at reform Papacy has been rocked by

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Pope's ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral'

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) – Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar’s capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiseled granite altar from where he ministers. Opeka studied theology under the future pope in their native Argentina before dedicating his life to building

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