Philip Pullella

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20 Apr 2019 | 4:52 AM

On Good Friday, Pope hears harrowing stories of human trafficking

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Good Friday services dedicated to the victims of human trafficking and the plight of migrants, denouncing leaders with "armoured hearts" who exploit their plight for political gain.

20 Apr 2019 | 12:45 AM

Papal Good Friday service draws attention to world's poor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis listened as a preacher denounced the widespread inequality in the world at a Good Friday service on the day Christians recall Jesus' death by crucifixion.

19 Apr 2019 | 12:40 AM

Pope washes feet of prisoners at Holy Thursday service

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 prisoners on Thursday at a traditional service, telling them to shun any inmate hierarchy structure or law of the strongest and to help each other instead.

17 Apr 2019 | 9:17 PM

Pained Pope pays tribute to Notre-Dame firefighters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday thanked rescuers who put their lives at risk to salvage the medieval Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris from a devastating blaze and said he was eager to see it restored.

17 Apr 2019 | 7:44 PM

Preaching to the converted: Swedish teen climate activist gets pope's blessing

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg brought her campaign to the Vatican on Wednesday and met Pope Francis, who sees eye-to-eye with her on the dangers of climate change.

14 Apr 2019 | 6:56 PM

On Palm Sunday, Pope says Church needs to be humble

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people waved palm and olive branches in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday as Pope Francis led the world's Catholics into Holy Week commemorations ahead of Easter calling for the Church to be humble.

13 Apr 2019 | 4:29 AM

Exclusive: Ex-South Sudan rebel leader believes unity government won't be ready by May 12

ROME (Reuters) - The two sides of war-ravaged South Sudan will not be able to meet a May 12 deadline to form a unity government because key requirements of a peace deal have not been met, former rebel leader Riek Machar told Reuters on Friday.

12 Apr 2019 | 1:17 AM

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan leaders, urging them to keep the peace

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan's previously warring leaders on Thursday as he urged them to not return to a civil war.

11 Apr 2019 | 9:33 PM

Sexual revolution of 1960s led to Church abuse crisis, ex-pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, homosexual cliques in seminaries and what he called a general collapse in morality.

10 Apr 2019 | 10:33 PM

Vatican tries "retreat diplomacy" as South Sudan peace deal falters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican brought together South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and preaching on Wednesday, a last ditch attempt to heal bitter divisions a month before the war-ravaged nation is due to set up a unity government.