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Pope Benedict’s butler to face trial for stealing letters


August 13th, 2012 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican, Aug 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Pope Benedict XVI' butler Paolo Gabriele, suspected of stealing the pontiff's documents, will go on trial, said a Vatican spokesperson Monday.Gabriele, 46, was arrested May ... Read more...

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Media has tarnished Vatican’s image: Pope


May 31st, 2012 - 8:02 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, May 31 (IANS/AKI) A Vatican scandal involving leaked secret documents and the arrest of the pope's butler has been exaggerated and misrepresented by the press, Pope Benedict said. ... Read more...

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Pope can’t cook, says brother


April 4th, 2012 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, April 4 (IANS/AKI) The pope can't cook but knows how to wash dishes following dinner and practices addresses with a tape recorder, according to his older brother.Before he ... Read more...

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Pope blesses worshippers via Twitter


February 24th, 2012 - 7:24 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Pope Benedict XVI will share his blessings during the 40-day Lenten season via Twitter, the head of Vatican's social communications office, Claudio Maria Celli said ... Read more...

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Italy’s Nanni Moretti named Cannes president


January 21st, 2012 - 5:02 am ICT by IANS
Cannes, Jan 21 (IANS/AKI) Italian director Nanni Moretti has been named president of the jury at the 65th Cannes Film Festival to be held in May."As a spectator, fortunately I ... Read more...

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Pope prays for world peace on Christmas


December 25th, 2011 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 25 (IANS) Pope Benedict XVI prayed for world peace Sunday and said that the world remained "torn" by violence which had stained the earth with blood.Delivering his ... Read more...

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Karnataka pontiff backs Hazare’s anti-graft bill


August 18th, 2011 - 12:12 am ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Aug 17 (IANS) Karnataka pontiff Vishvesha Tirtha Wednesday defended the Jan Lokpal bill drafted by activist Anna Hazare and his team to check the menace of corruption."I feel the ... Read more...

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Opposition to land takeover for POSCO plant intensifies


July 13th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Gadag (Karnataka), July 13 (IANS) Karnataka Wednesday dropped plans for land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ) on the west coast while opposition to takeover of land for ... Read more...

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Religious leaders oppose land acquisition in Karnataka


July 12th, 2011 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, July 12 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is now facing heat from religious leaders against his government's ambitious land acquisition plans for industry and infrastructure.While one religious ... Read more...

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Galileo documents to be shown for first time


July 6th, 2011 - 10:11 am ICT by IANS
Rome, July 6 (IANS/AKI) Documents on the 17th century trial of Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and and Britain's 16th century monarch King Henry XIII will now be exhibited outside the ... Read more...

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John Paul II beatified (Lead)


May 1st, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, May 1 (IANS) Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II Sunday before a large crowd that congregated in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets of Rome, taking the late ... Read more...

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John Paul II beatification ceremony begins


May 1st, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, May 1 (IANS) The ceremony to beatify the late Pope, John Paul II, began in front of hundreds of thousands of Catholics in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square.Beatification, ... Read more...

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Pope John Paul II’s blood to go on display


April 27th, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, April 27 (IANS/AKI) A phial containing the blood of late Pope John Paul II will go on display at the Vatican, an official statement said.The phial will be ... Read more...

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Pope Benedict XVI may make first call to space on May 4


April 24th, 2011 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 24 (ANI): A NASA official has revealed that Pope Benedict XVI may make a special call to the International Space Station during the upcoming flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.In ... Read more...

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Pope holds question-answer session on TV


April 23rd, 2011 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 23 (IANS) Pope Benedict XVI held a televised question and answer session on Italy's public broadcaster to mark Good Friday, a media report said.The Pope responded to questions ... Read more...

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Pope’s first-ever TV Q&A session makes broadcasting history


April 23rd, 2011 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 23 (ANI): Pope Benedict XVI has made broadcasting history by appearing on television to answer questions from the public around the world.The Pope responded to video questions about the tsunami ... Read more...

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Pope to talk with ISS crew


April 22nd, 2011 - 8:30 am ICT by IANS
Rome, April 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Pope Benedict XVI will talk with International Space Station (ISS) astronauts during the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission to the station, the official newspaper of ... Read more...

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Roman Catholic Church slams film about panic-prone Pope


April 20th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 20 (ANI): The Roman Catholic Church has slammed a film about a panic-prone Pope who has unwittingly been thrust into the papacy and has to hire a psychiatric assistant to ... Read more...

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Vatican to unveil Facebook page for Pope John Paul II this week


March 14th, 2011 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 14 (ANI): The Vatican will unveil a Facebook page dedicated to the forthcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II this week.The pontiff, who died in 2005, will be ... Read more...

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Pope’s September 2010 UK state visit cost taxpayers seven million pounds


February 17th, 2011 - 5:36 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 17(ANI): Pope Benedict XVI's four-day state visit to the United Kingdom last September cost the taxpayer at least seven million pounds, the UK Foreign Office has disclosed.According to the ... Read more...

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Pope prays for peace in Egypt


February 8th, 2011 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Feb 8 (IANS/AKI) Stating that he was following the situation in Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI called for all sides to work for "the common good" as the country's opposition ... Read more...

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Vatican denies Pope will donate organs after death says his donor card is invalid


February 5th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 5 (ANI): The Vatican has denied that Pope Benedict will donate his organs after death,saying that his donor card became invalid after he ceased to be a cardinal and became ... Read more...

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Don’t replace real friends with virtual ones, Pope tells youngsters


January 25th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 25 (ANI): In a message released on Monday ahead of the Vatican's 45th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI gave his approval to social networking but urged youngsters not ... Read more...

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French nun credits late Pope John Paul with giving her ’second birth’


January 18th, 2011 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 18 (ANI): A French Catholic nun has credited late Pope John Paul with curing her of Parkinson's disease, and also giving her a 'second birth'.Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, 49, who was ... Read more...

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Pope calls on world leaders to protect Christians


January 11th, 2011 - 3:08 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Jan 11 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI has called on world leaders to step up efforts to shield Christians from discrimination and violence.In his annual message for World Day of Peace ... Read more...

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Pope urges Pakistan to scrap blasphemy law


January 10th, 2011 - 7:19 pm ICT by ANI
Rome, Jan.10 (ANI): Pope Benedict XVI has called on Pakistan to scrap its draconian blasphemy law following the assassination of a provincial governor last week, saying the legislation is a pretext for ... Read more...

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Bruni praises Pope over condoms comment to mark World AIDS Day


December 2nd, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 2 (ANI): French First Lady Carla Bruni lauded Pope Benedict XVI on World AIDS Day after the pontiff said the use of condoms could be justified to prevent the dreadful ... Read more...

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Susan Boyle Wants To Be As Famous As ‘The Beatles’!


November 27th, 2010 - 11:11 am ICT by Sampurn Wire
Performing with Pontiff and meeting Macca are “up there” on Boyle’s wishlist. According to her, meeting the Pope was more of a spiritual journey. Meeting Sir Paul would also be spiritual ... Read more...

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Susan Boyle wants to be ‘as big as The Beatles’


November 26th, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 26 (ANI): Singing sensation Susan Boyle says she wants to be as big as The Beatles and desires to play together with Sir Paul McCartney.Despite becoming the only artist ... Read more...

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Vatican releases Papal book


November 24th, 2010 - 10:38 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Nov 24 (IANS/AKI) A book consisting of the first series of exclusive interviews ever granted to a reporter by a pope was presented Tuesday at the Vatican."Light of the World. The ... Read more...

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Pope’s stance on condoms ‘not revolutionary’, says Vatican


November 22nd, 2010 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 22 (ANI): The Vatican has sought to clarify Pope Benedict's remarks on the use of condoms, reported in a book to be published this week, insisting the pontiff's comments were ... Read more...

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Spanish gay protesters greet Pope with massive ‘kiss-in’


November 8th, 2010 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Nov 08 (ANI): As many as 200 gay men and women staged a massive make-out session in front of the Pope in Barcelona.The Pope was on his way to ... Read more...

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Pope deplores Baghdad church bloodbath


November 2nd, 2010 - 12:47 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Nov 2 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI Monday called for an end to the "absurd and ferocious violence against Christians in Iraq".He was speaking after more than 50 people died in ... Read more...

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A female Dalai Lama will be more attractive: Dalai Lama


October 25th, 2010 - 10:08 am ICT by IANS
By Gurmukh Singh Toronto, Oct 25 (IANS) The Dalai Lama, who wound up his three-day visit here by leading prayers at the newly opened Tibetan cultural centre, doesn't rule out a female successor.The ... Read more...

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Protests as pope apologises for sex abuse ‘crimes’ (Second lead)


September 18th, 2010 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 18 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI Saturday delivered his strongest condemnation yet of the child sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church as more than 10,000 people demonstrated in ... Read more...

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