Philip Pullella

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6 Nov 2018 | 10:20 PM

Italy says will help Pakistani woman in blasphemy case leave her country

ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Tuesday it will help a Pakistani Christian woman leave her country because her life is in danger following charges of blasphemy against Islam that put her on death row for eight years.

5 Nov 2018 | 10:10 PM

Pope condemns anti-Semitism amid increase in attacks on Jews

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Monday for the eradication of anti-Semitism following an increase in attacks and hate crimes against Jews in several countries and said it was vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

28 Oct 2018 | 6:50 PM

Blend faith, doctrine with activism, pope tells young at synod's end

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, ending a month-long meeting on the theme of Catholic youth, told young people Sunday that in order to be good members of the Church they should not be obsessed with "doctrinal formulae" but blend its rules with social activism to help those in need.

28 Oct 2018 | 6:09 AM

Vatican meeting ends with call for greater role for women in Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A major meeting of Catholic bishops ended on Saturday with a call for women to play a greater role in Church decision making as a "duty of justice", but appeared to water down language that would have been more welcoming to gays.

23 Oct 2018 | 7:48 PM

Vatican 'suffragettes' want vote, change, in a man's Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholic women say there's a clerical stained glass ceiling in the Vatican, and they want to shatter it.

20 Oct 2018 | 12:05 AM

Archbishop critical of Pope Francis denies wanting to topple him

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A conservative Italian archbishop who has publicly criticised Pope Francis over a sexual misconduct case on Friday denied he was trying to foment an overthrow of the papacy.

18 Oct 2018 | 8:43 PM

Pope gets invite to North Korea, indicates will consider it

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday received an invitation to visit North Korea and the pontiff indicated he would consider making what would be a landmark trip to a nation known for severe restrictions on religious practice, according to South Korean officials.

18 Oct 2018 | 4:14 AM

On eve of meeting pope, South Korean president speaks of peace hopes

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - South Korea's president spoke of "heart-warming" moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, a day before he is expected to relay an invitation to Pope Francis to visit North Korea.

14 Oct 2018 | 5:33 PM

Slain Salvadoran bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI become saints

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century -- murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the Church's most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception.

13 Oct 2018 | 8:52 PM

Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops accused of molesting minors, as he tries to tackle the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals around the world.