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Pope speaks of Armenian 'genocide' in Yerevan visit  Pope Francis has described the mass killing of Armenians under Turkish rule as 'genocide', repeating a phrase that prompted Turkish anger\ Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans  Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says   Pope returns from Greece with 12 migrants   Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Pope Francis to make key marriage pronouncement  Francis is to make public the conclusions of his two Synods on the family in a document eagerly awaited by 1.3 billion Roman Catholics Pope delivers Easter message of hope  Francis preached an Easter message of hope after a grim week in Europe, calling on Christians not to let fear and pessimism 'imprison' them Cardinal Pell admits he did not act on abuse claim  Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has admitted he did not act after a boy told him about a paedophile priest Pope Francis decries migrant 'tragedy' at Mexico Mass  Pope Francis has decried the 'tragedy' of people who are forced to migrate, as he celebrated Mass in Ciudad Juarez city on the border with the US Pope condemns Mexico 'drugs cancer'  Pope Francis has urged Mexico's leaders to provide 'true justice' to citizens hit by drug violence in the country Pope Francis holds historic talks with Russian Orthodox Patriarch  Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have called for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba   Pope Francis recalls Jesus' birth with Christmas Eve Mass Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican  Pope in his Christmas homily denounces materialism. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff Pope Francis urges religious unity in his first Mass in Africa  Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya, a day declared a national public holiday as throngs of jubilant Catholics flocked to the capital Vatican leaks scandal: Five people charged  The Vatican has charged five people, including two journalists and a top priest or monsignor, over the leaking and publication of secret documents Catholic bishops end divisive synod on family  Roman Catholic bishops have finished an often fractious synod on the family by reaching a compromise on divisive issues Pope Francis opened Church synod amid gay row  Pope Francis to celebrate Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, at the start of a synod of bishops that will focus on family issues Pope urges 'humane' US migrant response  Pope Francis has told the US Congress that the US must see migrants as 'persons' and not as 'numbers'   Pope Francis begins tour of the US   Pope Francis is expected to greet millions of American Catholics and address thorny issues like climate change and income inequality Pope Francis meets with Fidel Castro in Cuba  Pope met with Fidel after urging Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology, a subtle jab at the communist system delivered during a Mass Cuba: Pope Francis celebrates Mass before thousands  Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in front of tens of thousands of people in the Cuban capital Havana, on his first visit to the Communist-ruled island Pope Francis urges 'freedom' for Church on Cuba visit  Pope Francis has called for the Church in Cuba to have 'the freedom and the means' to pursue its mission, on his first visit to the island Paramedics treat 20 for hypothermia ahead of Pope visit  Paramedics treated more than 20 people for hypothermia after a pre-dawn torrential rain doused a crowd of several hundred thousand Turkey anger at Pope Armenian 'genocide' claim  Turkey has recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 as 'genocide' Pope leaves Asia after record crowds  Pope Francis has departed for Rome after drawing huge crowds during his five-day visit to the Philippines   Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass Map of Rizal Park Philippines


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  Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds. That would be a record for a papal event
 Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
2015 Jan.17   Pope Francis: Huge crowds gather in Manila for Mass  Huge crowds have gathered to see Pope Francis celebrate an outdoor Mass in the Philippine capital Manila   Pope Francis cuts short visit to typhoon-hit Tacloban  A storm has forced Pope Francis to cut short his visit to the Philippine city, which was devastated by Haiyan just over a year ago 2015 Jan.15   Freedom of speech has limits - Pope  Francis has defended freedom of expression following last week's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - but also stressed its limits

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2014 Dec.25   Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long  Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering 'brutal persecution' in Iraq and Syria

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2014 Oct.18       Pope's synod setback on gay policy  Pope Francis has suffered a setback as proposals for wider acceptance of gay people failed to win a two-thirds majority at a Catholic Church synod 2014 Oct.13   Synod signals Catholic shift on gays  Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings on the family have called on the Church to adopt positive stance on homosexuality 2014 Oct.5   Pope opens synod on family life  Pope Francis has opened a gathering of more than 200 Roman Catholic bishops by urging them not to impose 'intolerable moral burdens'

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2014 Aug.19   Pope 'deeply hurt' as 3 members of his family die in crash  Two of Pope Francis' grandnephews and the boys' mother were killed in a car crash in the pontiff's homeland of Argentina, police said 2014 Aug.13   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye

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2014 May.26   Pope to meet sex abuse victims  Pope Francis has announced he will meet a group of sex abuse victims next month after comparing the 'ugly crime' to performing 'a satanic Mass' 2014 May.25   Pope Francis prays at Bethlehem wall  Pope Francis extended an invitation to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a 'peace initiative'

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2014 Apr.27       Vatican declares two popes saints   Pope Francis has declared Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints, in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands 2014 Apr.18   Pope Francis prays for abandoned in Good Friday service  Pope Francis has led Easter's Way of the Cross procession in Rome, with prayers for the poor and the abandoned

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2014 Feb.22   Pope appoints 19 new cardinals  Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals Saturday in a ceremony in the St. Peter's Basilica -- the first such appointments since he was elected pontiff 2014 Feb.14   Pope Francis gives marriage advice  In a gesture toward Valentine's Day, Pope Francis gave his advice on how to have a happy marriage before thousands of young engaged couple

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2014 Jan.17   Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests  Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only two years by the former Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse, the Vatican has confirmed

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2013 Dec.5   Pope sets up child abuse committee  Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims

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2013 Nov.26   Pope calls for radical Church reform  Pope has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role 2013 Nov.21   Pope offers words of comfort on Philippine typhoon  Francis told Filipinos who live in Rome they should pray what he called 'the prayer of 'why'

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2013 Oct.30   Little boy sits in pope's chair, steals the show  Francis was speaking in St. Peter's Square when a little boy confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair

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2013 Jul.29   Pope: Who am I to judge gay people?  Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society 2013 Jul.27   Pope Francis draws 3M to Rio vigil  Pope Francis drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day

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2013 Jun.28   Church official arrested in Vatican bank investigation  Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested along with a financial broker and a member of Italy's secret service as an investigation into the Vatican bank

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2013 Mar.31   Pope delivers Easter plea for peace  Pope Francis has delivered a passionate 'Urbi et Orbi' plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message since being elected 2013 Mar.14   Francis begins papacy with humility  Pope Francis has spent his first day at the helm of the Catholic Church meeting people in Rome ahead of a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals 2013 Mar.13     Church picks first South American pope
  Jorge Bergoglio made history as the first non-European pope of the modern era , the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis
 The election of a new Pope was signalled by white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney. Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church's new Pope Francis
  Cardinals undecided on next Pope  Black smoke has issued from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, signalling that the second and third votes in the Papal election have been inconclusive 2013 Mar.12   No pope after cardinals' first vote  Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, indicating that cardinals had not chosen one in the first ballot of their conclave   Cardinals to begin voting for new Pope  115 cardinals have entered the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, where they will begin voting to elect a new Pope

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2013 Feb.28   Benedict XVI steps down from papacy  Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now 'will simply be a pilgrim' starting his last journey on earth       Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome
2013 Feb.27   Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience  Benedict XVI spoke of moments of struggle as well as joy Wednesday during his final public address from a stage set up in St. Peter's Square 2013 Feb.23   Vatican attacks resignation 'gossip'  The Vatican's chief spokesperson has criticised the media for reporting 'misinformation' about the Church 2013 Feb.11       Pope Benedict to resign at end of month   The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced age'
 The news startled and shocked the Catholic world and led to frenzied speculation about who would replace him


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2012 Oct.6     Pope's ex-butler gets 18 months in prison
  Paolo Gabriele, was convicted Saturday of aggravated theft for leaking confidential papal documents and sentenced to 18 months in prison
 Gabriele has been found guilty of stealing confidential papers. Prosecutors had called for a 3-year sentence but it was reduced because of 'mitigating circumstances'
2012 Sep.28   Pope ex-butler on trial for theft  Pope Benedict XVI's former butler is set to go on trial in the Vatican on charges of aggravated theft 2012 Mar.23   Mexico crowds cheer Pope Benedict  Thousands of supporters greet Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to Mexico, as he denounces the 'evil' of drug-related violence in the country

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2011 Dec.24   Pope berates Christmas 'glitter'  Pope Benedict XVI has attacked the commercialisation of Christmas as he held the traditional Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica 2011 May.1   John Paul II beatified  The late Pope has been officially beatified at a ceremony at the Vatican in front of hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful 2011 Apr.24   Pope calls for peace around world  Benedict XVI called for peace amid ongoing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East and mentioned Japan during annual Easter message

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2010 Dec.25   Pope calls for end to conflicts  Benedict expresses his hope for an end to conflicts around the world, in his traditional Christmas message from the Vatican 2010 Dec.24   Pope prays for peace at Rome Mass  Pope Benedict has prayed for peace as he delivered his traditional Christmas Eve homily in Rome 2010 Nov.20       Condoms OK in some cases - Pope  Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable 'in certain cases', according to a new book 2010 Oct.17   Australia got its first Catholic saint  Mary MacKillop was a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest 2010 Sep.21   Bank investigated over money laundering  2 Vatican Bank transactions that did not appear to comply with anti-money laundering requirements 2010 Sep.16   Thousands attend Mass in Glasgow  Pope Benedict XVI has celebrated an open-air Mass in Glasgow, attended by tens of thousands of people, on the first day of his visit to Britain 2010 Apr.9   Pope hit by new child abuse allegations  Benedict XVI is facing allegations he was responsible for delaying Church action against a paedophile priest 2010 Apr.2   Preacher compares row to anti-Semitism  Pope's personal preacher has compared criticism of the pontiff and Church over child abuse to 'collective violence' suffered by the Jews 2010 Mar.25       Pope accused of failing to act on abuse  Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to act on complaints from two archbishops in the US about a priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys
 An archbishop wrote letters in 1996 to the Vatican watchdog led by Cardinal Ratzinger calling for disciplinary proceedings against Fr Lawrence Murphy, who was a priest, believed to have molested some 200 boys at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin, between 1950 and 1974
2010 Mar.20   Pope says 'sorry' for Irish church abuse  Benedict XVI said he is 'truly sorry' for the abuse suffered by victims at the hands of Catholic priests in Ireland
 The pope addressed the crisis that has rocked the Irish Catholic Church in an 18-page letter, which was made public


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2009 Dec.25   Pope delivers Christmas message  The pope looked unscathed as he delivered his message in St. Peter's Square, just hours after a woman jumped a barrier and dragged him down 2009 Dec.24     Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass   A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall
 The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly knocked over by a spectator who jumped the barriers
2009 May.8   Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage  Benedict XVI stressed his 'deep respect' for Islam as he arrived in Jordan to begin a Middle East visit 2009 Mar.17     Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban  Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope 2009 Feb.4   'Holocaust bishop' told to recant  The Vatican has ordered an ultra-traditionalist bishop Richard Williamson to publicly recant his views denying the Holocaust

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2008 Dec.24   Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass  Benedict XVI called for peace in the Middle East and an end to the exploitation of children in the homily he delivered during the annual Midnight Mass
 Addressing a huge congregation at the St Peter's Basilica, he appealed for a new understanding between Israelis and Palestinians
2008 Apr.15   Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict  Pope received an unprecedented presidential greeting from Bush as he arrived for his first official visit to the US

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2007 Oct.13   Vatican bars prelate in gay row  The Vatican has confirmed newspaper reports that a high-ranking priest has been suspended 2007 Jun.6   Scare as man tries to board popemobile  Police have detained a man who tried to jump into the open-air vehicle carrying Benedict XVI to his weekly address in St. Peter's Square. 2007 May.11   Pope canonizes native-born saint in Brazil  Benedict XVI accused the media of promoting sexual immorality before hundreds of thousands of faithful and a sea of flags

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2006 Dec.25   Pope: Worship God not technology  Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message that mankind cannot live without God or turn its back on the hungry 2006 Nov.30   Pope visits mosque  Benedict XVI is visiting the Blue Mosque in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community
 During the tour the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside Muslim clerics in the second papal visit in history to a mosque. Earlier the Pope spent half an hour in Hagia Sophia, that was once a Christian centre before becoming a mosque. Turkish demonstrators protest against the visit, saying the pontiff's tour was an affront to the secularism, as well as an attempt to stake a Catholic claim to the site.
2006 Sep.16   Pope 'sorry' for offence to Islam  Benedict XVI and expressed his respect for Muslims faith and 'sorry' for offence to Islam 2006 Sep.15   Pope 'meant no offence' to Islam  The Vatican has denied that Benedict XVI intended any offence to the Muslim religion 2006 Sep.14   Muslims blast pope's Islam speech  Muslim leaders have condemned Benedict over comments he made about Islam in Germany and demanded he apologize
 In his speech at the University of Regensburg, Benedict quoted criticism of Islam by Byzantine Emperor, who wrote that everything Mohammad brought was evil , 'such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.' Muslim Brotherhood called on Islamic countries to threaten to break off relations with the Vatican. And a top Turkey religious figure suggested the pope should reconsider a trip to Turkey.
2006 Jan.12   Man who shot pope freed  A gray-haired Mehmet Ali Agca left the prison and got into a car amid a chaotic scene created by international media

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2005 Nov.29   Vatican issues gay policy document  The Vatican is affirming its policy against gay priests 2005 Aug.18   Rapturous German welcome for Pope  Benedict XVI has arrived in his native country for a Catholic youth festival in the city of Cologne 2005 May.1   New Pope delivers first blessing  Benedict XVI has given his first Sunday blessing from the same apartment window used by his predecessor 2005 Apr.24   Benedict XVI installed as pope  New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands 2005 Apr.20   Benedict XVI sets out goals  Pope calls for unification of all Christians and continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council 2005 Apr.19   Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass  New Pope prepared to celebrate his first Mass as pontiff, while world leaders welcomed his selection     Ratzinger elected as new Pope  78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.
  Black smoke after morning votes  The 115 cardinals had not elected a new pope in their two morning votes 2005 Apr.16   Vatican prepares for papal ballot  Roman Catholic cardinals have begun their final meeting before the secret conclave 2005 Apr.8   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched 2005 Apr.7   John Paul pondered his fate in 2000  Ailing and tired in 2000, John Paul II pondered whether he had accomplished what he was meant to do 2005 Apr.2       Pope John Paul II dies at 84
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
2005 Apr.1   Pope's condition 'has worsened'  John Paul II continued to struggle through likely the closing hours, as faithful pray and weep   Gravely ill Pope remains 'serene'  Tearful Roman Catholics prayed for the frail pontiff amid fading hopes that he would recover 2005 Mar.31   Frail Pope suffers heart failure  Vatican spokesman told reporters the pope had suffered 'cardiocirculatory collapse and shock' 2005 Feb.25   Pope breathing without assistance  John Paul II had no signs of lung infection and his heart was in good condition after tracheotomy 2005 Feb.24   Pope has surgery to aid breathing  The operation to give 84-year-old John Paul II a tracheotomy had been successful 2005 Feb.1   Pope John Paul rushed to hospital  Pope has been rushed to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties brought on by flu

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2004 Apr.25   Pope beatifies 6 from Europe, S. America  John Paul II added 6 to the ranks of Catholics on the path to possible sainthood at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square

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2003 Oct.16   John Paul marks 25 years as pope  The Roman Catholic cardinals and thousands of worshippers are descending on Rome 2003 Sep.23   Pope cancels weekly audience  83-year-old John Paul II is reported to be suffering from intestinal problems

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2001 May.6   Pope enters a mosque  John Paul II has become the first Pontiff to enter a mosque

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2000 Mar.21   Visit by Pope John Paul II  Pope placed a letter at the Western Wall
before year 2000
Oct. 16, 1978       Karol Wojityla elected as first pope from Eastern Europe
  Wojtyla won on the eighth ballot on the third day. He subsequently chose the name John Paul II
Oct. 11, 1962     Second Vatican Council opens
  Vatican II addressed relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world Feb. 11, 1929     Lateran Treaties created Vatican State
  Lateran Accords, agreements made in 1929 between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See, settling the 'Roman Question' Jul. 18, 1870     Vatican Council proclaims papal infallibility  A dogma of the Catholic Church that states that, in virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error Dec. 8, 1869     First Vatican Council opened
  The Council was convoked to deal with the contemporary problems of the rising influence of rationalism, liberalism, and materialism Dec. 2, 1804     Napoleon Bonaparte crowned Emperor by the Pope   He is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years. Pope Pius VII handed the crown Jul. 21, 1542     Universal Inquisition established in Rome
  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the oldest among the nine congregations of the Roman Curia Jan. 17, 1377   End of Papal Babylonian Captivity  The Avignon Papacy, during which 7 successive Popes resided in Avignon, rather than in Rome