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The Vatican says it is concerned over Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank following a meeting between its chief foreign policy official and a top Palestinian negotiator.

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

Iranian ex-ambassador becomes seventh official to die from coronavirus

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Iranian ex-ambassador becomes seventh official to die from coronavirus

Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iran’s foreign minister, has died aged 68 from the novel coronavirus, which has spread to over 4700 Iranian citizens including many high-level politicians and officials.

Son of prominent South Africa Muslim preacher shot

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Son of prominent South Africa Muslim preacher shot

The son of one of South Africa's most prominent Muslim preachers is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot outside a courthouse.

Fragment of Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

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Fragment of Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

After more than a millennium’s absence, a tiny wooden fragment claimed to have been from the manger where Jesus was born was given back to ...

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Sanctions are testing the resilience of Iran's Islamic system

Comment: Iran's latest crisis highlights the problems of its double-headed government, and the conflict between national interests and the revolutionary goals of its hardliners, writes Shireen T. Hunter.

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Pope urges 'end to humanitarian crisis' during Assad-Cardinal visit

The Syrian Presidency says that Assad received a supportive message from Pope Francis, while the Vatican said that the Pope urged Assad ...

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Syrians ask pope to #TellPutin to end Idlib bombing

Hundreds have been killed and almost 400,000 displaced since late April, when the Syrian regime and its Russian ally began a deadly campaign to ...

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Pope says he wants to visit Iraq in 2020

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq as early as next year in spite of the security conditions.

Pope calls for 'peace, dialogue' in Sudan after massacre

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Pope calls for 'peace, dialogue' in Sudan after massacre

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence in Sudan, where paramilitary forces have killed at least 117 people over the past week.

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Lebanon bids farewell to prominent ex-Maronite patriarch

The former patriarch of its Maronite church Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir wielded considerable political influence during the country's civil war and ...

Regional bloc invites S.Sudan rivals to Addis talks

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Regional bloc invites S.Sudan rivals to Addis talks

A regional bloc for East Africa extended an invitation on Wednesday to the two South Sudan sides, led by President Salva Kiir and opposition ...

Erdogan claims Armenian genocide deportations were 'appropriate'

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Erdogan claims Armenian genocide deportations were 'appropriate'

Turkish President Erdogan slammed France for recognising the Armenian genocide, accusing the country of committing its own genocides in Rwanda ...

Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

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Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Pope Francis urged world leaders to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be ...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders 'for peace'

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Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders 'for peace'

Pope Francis got down and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders to encourage them to strengthen the country's peace process.

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Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass

Pope Francis called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics in Morocco.

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Pope says Jerusalem is for Christians, Jews and Muslims

Pope Francis said that Jerusalem should be a "symbol of peaceful coexistence" for Christians, Jews and Muslims.

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Pope to hold mass for Morocco's Catholics on Sunday

Pope Francis was expected to hold mass on Sunday for nearly 10,000 members of Morocco's Catholic minority, mostly Sub-Saharan Africans.

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Conditions for papal visit to Iraq 'not yet met'

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, told the Catholic TV channel TV2000 that "the problem of terrorism has not ...

Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

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Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

Pope Francis will become the first Catholic Pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula - but the UAE has not always been tolerant of religions other ...

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Australia's Jerusalem embassy move would undermine the two-state solution

Comment: If Australia truly wants to assist the peace process, it must take a firm stand against Israel's human rights violations, writes Ali ...

<em>Vatican</em> beatifies Catholics killed in Algeria's civil war

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Vatican beatifies Catholics killed in Algeria's civil war

The Catholic Church has beatified 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria's civil war in the 1990s.

Catholic Church to beatify 19 monks slain in Algeria

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Catholic Church to beatify 19 monks slain in Algeria

The Catholic Church will beatify in Algeria seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the Algerian civil war.

Abbas briefs pope on Israeli violations against Palestinians​

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Abbas briefs pope on Israeli violations against Palestinians​

The Palestinian leader thanked the Pope for his support for the Palestinian cause during a visit to the Vatican before discussing ...

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