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Pope Francis in UAE: 'Let Us Commit Ourselves Against the Logic of Armed Power'

Pope Francis arrives at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis denounced the "logic of armed power" in Yemen, Syria, and other Middle East wars on Monday on a landmark visit to the Arabian peninsula where Islam emerged, telling Christians and Muslims that conflicts brought nothing but misery and death.

Pope Seeks 'New Page in History' on First Trip to Arabian Peninsula

Expat worshippers pray at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Jebel Ali, as Catholics are awaiting a historical visit by Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates, in Dubai, UAE Jan. 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Pope Francis is hoping to persuade a country enmeshed in a regional war that he has condemned to give Catholics more freedom when he becomes the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula. 

Pope Francis Urges Youth to Work Against 'Fear and Exclusion, Speculation and Manipulation'

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 01-27-2019

Pope Francis arrives to hold a Mass during World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama Jan. 27, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis said an open-air Mass before a huge crowd on Sunday to wrap up a jamboree of Catholic youth, the last big event before he returns to Rome to prepare for a historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula in one week. 

Pope Francis: Fear of Migrants Makes People Crazy

Pope Francis waves from his Popemobile as he arrives for World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, Jan. 23, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Pope Francis wasted no time wading in on the standoff over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall on Wednesday as he started his trip to Panama, saying on the plane from Rome that hostility to immigrants was driven by irrational fear.

Pope Francis Warns of Resurgent Nationalism, Urges Help for Migrants

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 01-07-2019

Pope Francis attends an audience with members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Vatican, Jan. 7, 2019. Ettore Ferrari/Pool vie REUTERS

Pope Francis warned on Monday against a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements and criticized countries that try to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or isolationist actions.

Slain Salvadoran Bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI Become Saints

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 10-14-2018

Pope Paul VI and El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero pictures are seen before a mass for their canonisation at the Vatican, Oct. 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Both Romero, who was shot by a right-wing death squad while saying Mass in 1980, and Paul, who guided the Church through the conclusion of the modernizing 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, were contested figures within and without the Church.

Pope Accepts Resignation of Washington Archbishop Cardinal Wuerl

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 10-12-2018

Pope Francis greets the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington. Sept. 24, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Friday, making him one of the most senior Catholic figures to step down in a worldwide sexual abuse crisis.

Pope Opens Gathering of Bishops Amid Swirling State of Crisis

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 10-03-2018

Bishops attend a mass for the opening of a synodal meeting in Saint Peter's square, at the Vatican, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis opened a gathering of bishops on Wednesday with the Catholic Church in a swirling state of crisis over sex abuse, urging its leaders not to let the next generation's faith be snuffed out "by our own shortcomings, mistakes, and sins."

Pope Warns Nations Against Defining Power as Military Strength

Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass at Freedom Square in Tallinn, Estonia September 25, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis said on Tuesday as he wound up a trip to the Baltic states, all nervous about what they see as a newly aggressive Russia next door, that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others. "Some people speak in a loud voice, full of self-assurance – with no doubts or hesitation. Others shout and hurl threats about using weapons, deploying troops and implementing strategies...That way they appear to be stronger," he said in a homily of a Mass in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

How Conservative Media Factor into the Allegations Against Pope Francis

by Philip Pullella, Reuters 08-30-2018

FILE PHOTO: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano delivers a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Nov. 18, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool/File Photo

The full extent of journalists' involvement in the statement — from conception and editing to translation and publication — emerges from a series of Reuters interviews that reveal a union of conservative clergy and media aimed at what papal defenders say is a campaign to weaken the reformist Francis's pontificate.

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