Soccer: Amatrice mayor gets golden bench

TopNews. The Italian soccer managers' association is to give its 'golden bench' award for the year's best coach to Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of the earthquake-stricken Lazio village of Amatrice, Pirozzi, a professional coach, said on his Facebook page Tuesday.

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Praying for UK says in telegramme to Nichols

Pope 'pain' over London attack

Pope Francis sent a telegramme to Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols Thursday saying he was "deeply pained for the loss of life and injuries caused by the attack in the centre of London" and expressing his "prayerful solidarity with all those who ha...

Pope Francis' General Audience

Francis meets conference participants on World Water Day

Pope Francis says water must be protected as treasure for all

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for water to be protected as a good for all as he greeted participants in a Vatican conference organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Repentance and shame needed to be forgiven

Confessional box 'isn't a dry-cleaners' says Pope

The confessional box is "not a dry-cleaners to remove stains", Pope Francis said Tuesday. "Prayer, repentance and shame for one's sins are needed to be forgiven," he said at a Mass at St Martha's House, the Vatican hostel he lives in.

Church members 'gave in to hatred and violence', tells Kagame

Pope Francis apologises for 'sins' in Rwanda genocide

Pope Francis on Monday reiterated a 'mea culpa' by the Catholic Church "for the sins and deficiencies of the Church" during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Francis says 'all possibilities' must be borne in mind

Pope tells confessors to call in exorcists when they are needed

Pope Francis told participants at an Apostolic Penitentiary course on Friday that a good confessor should not be afraid to call in an exorcist when needed.

Francis says on wrong road if poverty seen as normal

Homeless not part of the landscape, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Thursday that good people should never accept extreme poverty as a normal part of life.

Urges solution for Sky workers

Cutting jobs is a sin says Pope Francis

Cutting jobs for "unclear manoeuvres" is a "very grave" sin, Pope Francis said Wednesday, voicing the hope that jobs cuts at Sky Italia amid a planned move to Milan could be averted.

Bogotà, Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena

Pope on Colombia trip Sep 6-11

Pope Francis will visit Colombia from September 6 to 11, the Vatican press office said Friday.

Hails role in US-Cuba detente, calls to EU on migrants

Pope Francis is 'reference point' says Mattarella

Pope Francis is a "reference point," President Sergio Mattarella told Jesuit weekly Cività Cattolica Thursday, hailing his role in US-Cuban detente and "suitably brusque" calls to the EU on migrants.

Warns against spread of 'third world war'

Populism is bad, ends badly pope tells Die Zeit

Populism "is bad and ends badly, as the last century showed us," Pope Francis says in an interview appearing Thursday in German weekly Die Zeit. The pope returned to the concept of a "third world war which is spreading bit by bit".

Can do harm without faith, Francis tells priests

No progress in faith without temptation says pope

Pope Francis told Roma parish priests Thursday there could be no "progress in faith" without temptation. Meeting priests in St John Lateran, he said that priests could "do harm" if their "paternal" faith failed them.

Road that leads to sure goal

Lent new start tweets Pope Francis

Pope Francis tweeted Wednesday on the occasion of Ash Wednesday that "Lent is a new start, a road that leads to a sure goal: the Easter of Resurrection, Christ's victory over death".

Interview with homeless mag ahead of March 25 visit

Hard to put yourself in others' shoes - pope tells homeless

It is hard to put yourself in other people's shoes, Pope Francis said in an interview with Milan homeless magazine 'Scarp de' tennis' (Tennis Shoes) ahead of his March 25 visit to the northern Italian city.

'Great desire'

Pope to visit Milan jail March 25

Pope Francis in set to satisfy a "great desire" by dining with inmates of Milan's San Vittore prison on a March 25 visit, the Vatican said Monday. Francis intends to greet the offenders "one by one," it said.

Reverse situation not impossible, urgent says Francis

Pope fears 'great world war for water'

Pope Francis said Friday that he feared water scarcity was set to be an increasing cause of conflict.

Many Catholics 'say one thing and do another' Francis adds

Pope warns against 'scandal' of a double life

Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholics against leading a double life during morning Mass at the Vatican guesthouse where he resides."What is scandal?" asked the pope.

Not known if move linked to anti-pope posters in Rome

Vatican Secretariat to up protection of papal image

The Vatican said Wednesday that its Secretariat of State was taking steps to increase protection of the image of Pope Francis.

His ways are very different from ours

Trust in God tweets pope

Pope Francis tweeted Tuesday that "God knows better than us what we need; we must trust Him, because His ways are very different from ours".

Migrants often fall prey to 'unscrupulous criminal gangs'

Pope Francis calls for migrant humanitarian channels, shelter

Pope Francis on Tuesday called for "accessible and safe humanitarian channels" for those fleeing wars and persecution who often fall prey to "unscrupulous criminal organizations".

Christian, Jewish, Islamic terrorism don't exist

No people is criminal, no faith terrorist - pope

Pope Francis said Friday "no people is criminal and no religion is terrorist" while "Christian terrorism doesn't exist, not Jewish or Islamic".