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Pope Francis visited the former concentration camp of Auschwitz near Krakow on Friday as part of his programme for World Youth Day (WYD) in Poland. The pope entered the camp on foot and in silence, with his head bowed.

Muslims to join Catholics in church this Sunday

In condemnation of Islamist terrorism after extremists murdered Catholic priest Jacques Hamel during Mass at the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray last Tuesday. Catholic officials call this 'a beautiful and long-awaited sign'.
The church where Father Jacques Hamel was murdered by Islamist fundamentalists (ANSA) The church where Father Jacques Hamel was murdered by Islamist fundamentalists

Citizens' health our priority says Renzi

Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday that public health is the government's priority in the southern city of Taranto, where an ILVA steel plant is undergoing a massive environmental cleanup.



Soccer: Napoli chairman says Higuain liar or good actor

TopNews. Napoli Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said Gonzalo Higuain was a liar or a good actor after the Argentina striker said a factor in his move to champions Juventus was that he could not stand being with the cinema producer.

Italy's Chatbi competing at the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships (ANSA)

Rio Olympics: CONI cuts Chatbi on failed drug tests


Italy's National Olympic Committee (CONI) has excluded Jamel Chatbi from competing for Italy at the Rio Olympics because he failed three drug tests, ANSA sources said Wednesday. The Moroccan-born athlete specialises in the 3000-metre steeplechase.


F1: Ferrari part company with James Allison

TopNews. Ferrari said Wednesday that the formula one team have parted company with chief technical officer James Allison after three years. A statement said that the move was by mutual consent and that Mattia Binotto was taking over as chief technical officer.

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'Go beyond past wounds, wrongdoings' says Francis at WYD

Unity not isolation says pope in Poland

Pope Francis on Thursday called for unity and communion instead of finger-pointing and isolationism.

Pope in Poland for World Youth Day

Welcome those fleeing war and hunger says Francis in Krakow

We must take in those fleeing war and hunger, Pope Francis said Wednesday in the Polish city of Krakow, where he is on hand to mark the Catholic Church's World Youth Day.

844 bishops, 47 cardinals gathered in Krakow

Italy present at World Youth Day with some 77,000 pilgrims

Italy is present at World Youth Day in Krakow with 486 groups and a total of 76,883 pilgrims, organizers said in a tweet on the official WYD Twitter account on Monday.

Church needs contemplatives to take Gospel to contemporary man

Don't get hooked on Facebook Pope Francis tells nuns

Church needs contemplatives to take Gospel to contemporary man

Nuns taking selfies

No security issues over Krakow July 26-31 event

Around 340,000 signed up for Catholic World Youth Day

As of Wednesday 335,437 young people have signed up for the Catholic Church's 31st World Youth Day, to be held in the Polish city of Krakow from July 26-31. Organizers said anywhere between 1.5 and 1.

@pontifex goes out in nine languages

Pope tops 30 million Twitter followers

Pope Francis' nine @pontifex Twitter accounts have more than 30 million followers, a Vatican monitoring site reported Tuesday. Francis' Twitter account goes out in nine languages, and the followers were broken down by language as follows: Spanish - 39.

Vatican figures for St Peter's Holy Door

Jubilee pilgrims go over 11-mn mark

Pilgrims to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy have passed the 11-million mark exactly seven months after the start of the Holy Year, according to the official website of the Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Francis, a site managed by the Pontifical Council for New...

'And you shd pray for me'

Audiences suspended but still praying for you tweets Pope Francis

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday that "in this month my (weekly general) audiences are suspended but I won't stop praying for you; and you, please, pray for me!".

Lyon pilgrims at audience

Rich should convert, Pope Francis tells poor

Rich people should "convert" and help the poor, Pope Francis told a group of poor pilgrims from Lyon at his general audience Wednesday. "You are in the Church's heart," Francis told the pilgrims who were led by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.

'Some countries speak of peace but sell arms'

No military solution for Syria says Pope Francis

There is no military solution in Syria "but only a political one," Pope Francis said in a video-message for Catholic charity Caritas's campaign for Syria Tuesday.

Brings video message from Romans living in low-income districts

Rome Mayor Raggi meets Pope Francis

The newly elected mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi on Friday morning met Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican.

Scant, precarious work hurts families and society

Pope Francis calls for full employment

Pope Francis on Thursday called for full employment, saying it was a goal of Italy and Europe. The pontiff urged authorities to works towards "full and dignified employment", saying that scant and precarious work hurt families and society.

'Your sense of humour does us good'

Pope Francis embraces Benedict on ordination anniversary

Pope Francis on Tuesday embraced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the 65th anniversary of his predecessor's ordination as a priest, saying "your healthy and joyful sense of humour does us good".

Pontiff says forgiveness needed from poor too

Pope Francis says Church should apologize to gays

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gays for the way it has treated them in the past.

'You do good' Francis tells Festing

Pope Francis meets head of Knights of Malta

Pope Francis on Thursday met the head of the Knights of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing.

Vatican figures for St Peter's Holy Door

Jubilee pilgrims go over 10-mn mark

Pilgrims to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy have passed the 10-million mark, according to the official website of the Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Francis, a site managed by the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation.

And ask for Lord's healing touch

Reach out and touch poor says Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the faithful to "reach out and touch" the poor and needy.

Responsible for it

Peoples 'first creators' of their development tweets pope

Pope Francis tweeted Tuesday that "peoples are the first creators of their development, the first people responsible".

In framework of Jubilee Friday of Mercy

Pope visits struggling young priests in Rome

Pope Francis on Friday made a surprise visit to a community for "struggling" young priests in the Ardeatina district of Rome as part of the Jubilee Friday of Mercy.

Curia reform sign of confidence in lay missions

Lay people who get hands dirty needed says Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday told members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity that the Church needed laymen and laywomen who "get their hands dirty without fear".