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In a new book, the Pope acknowledged China's Uighurs as a 'persecuted' people, a claim the Chinese FM dismissed as 'groundless'.

Pope Francis has appointed an Italian priest as Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

Vatican to open refugee reception centre in Rome

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Vatican to open refugee reception centre in Rome

A building in Rome owned by a convent will be used as a reception centre for up to 60 asylum seekers, the chaplain responsible for the Vatican's charitable works announced.

<em>Pope</em> deplores 'fragile truce' in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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Pope deplores 'fragile truce' in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

A ceasefire on Saturday was swiftly broken by more fighting, with both sides accusing the other of responsibility.

Clashes between Azerbaijan, Armenia leave at least 23 dead

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Clashes between Azerbaijan, Armenia leave at least 23 dead

Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region have claimed at least 23 lives, as Turkey vowed to support ...

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No peace for Palestinians without statehood: Moroccan PM

Saadeddine Othmani's comments come a month after his country rejected moves to follow Bahrain and the UAE in signing diplomatic pacts to normalise ties with Israel.

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Greece to 'end' Lesbos migrant crisis within a week

Many migrants refused to enter a new 3,000-capacity camp set up by authorities at Kara Tepe, a few kilometres from the destroyed Moria camp, ...

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Pope kisses Lebanese flag in solidarity over Beirut blast

"A month after the tragedy... my thoughts are still with dear Lebanon and its particularly hard-pressed population," Francis said ...

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Ethiopia seeks US clarification on aid cut over dam

Ethiopia's US Ambassador Fitsum Arega tweeted saying he has heard the aid cut is related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and that the ...

World pledges direct aid to Lebanon's people, bypassing government

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World pledges direct aid to Lebanon's people, bypassing government

World leaders pledged more than 250 million euros for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be ...

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Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

Pope Francis called on church leaders in Lebanon to lead by example.

Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support

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Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support

Multiple countries rallied around crisis-stricken Lebanon, showing support and dispatching emergency aid after the explosion that devastated ...

Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion is 'proof of weakness': Greece

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Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion is 'proof of weakness': Greece

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the Hagia Sophia is in the hearts of Orthodox Christians 'more than ever' as thousands attended ...

First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

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First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after being used as a museum ...

Turkey invites <em>Pope</em> <em>Francis</em> for Hagia Sophia ceremony

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Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

Pope Francis is among several world leaders invited to the ceremony marking the re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia, founded as ...

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia mosque conversion 'forbidden': Egypt mufti

Egypt’s grand mufti, Shawky Allam said Turkey's conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is forbidden in Islam.

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Hagia Sophia will open outside prayer time, says Turkey

Erdogan, who said the first Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia would begin on July 24, has insisted the building will be open to all, including ...

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Pope 'distressed' over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

"My thoughts go to Istanbul. I'm thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed," the pope said

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Pope condemns 'hell' of migrant detention camps in Libya

Pope Francis deplored the "hellish" migrant detention camps in Libya during a mass at his residence in the Vatican.

<em>Pope</em> warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

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Pope warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

As Syria and Lebanon continue to struggle amid worsening economic crises, the Pope on Sunday urged world leaders to help the two ...

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US paper faces backlash after publishing Islamaphobic ad

A doomsday ad published by The Tennessean claimed “Islam” would cause a nuclear explosion in Nashville in July, drawing backlash which prompted ...

<em>Pope</em> <em>Francis</em> urges peace, aid to migrants in Libya

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Pope Francis urges peace, aid to migrants in Libya

Pope Francis on Sunday urged political and military leaders in Libya to end their hostilities and called on the international ...

Palestinian PM submits 'counter-proposal' to Trump plan

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Palestinian PM submits 'counter-proposal' to Trump plan

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said it proposed the creation of a "sovereign Palestinian state, independent and demilitarised" ...

Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

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Orthodox congregations watch Easter services from home during lockdown

Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East as ...

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