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Mother Teresa to be Declared a Saint

The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint on Sept. 4, one day before the 19th anniversary of her death. Pope Francis issued the decree setting the date of the late missionary’s canonization at a morning meeting with cardinals in the Vatican’s[…]

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Pope’s Abbas comment meant as encouragement

Pope Francis’s reference to President Mahmoud Abbas as “an angel of peace” was meant as encouragement for him to pursue peace with Israel, the Vatican said Monday, after the words whipped up controversy on social media. The pope often presents heads of states with a large bronze medallion representing an[…]

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Vatican officially recognizes Palestine

The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for peace in the region. The treaty, which was agreed, though has yet to be formally[…]

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Vatican calls for Muslim leaders to denounce IS

The Vatican called for Muslim leaders to denounce the brutality of Islamic State (IS) radicals who have swept across Iraq, saying there was no possible justification for their “unspeakable crimes”. “The terrible position of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance[…]

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