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Pope not expected to ease celibacy

Pope Francis will not make an exception on Wednesday to Roman Catholic priestly celibacy rules in the Amazon, US bishops said after meeting the pontiff, dismissing speculation on the controversial subject.

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing "every form of violence against women."

Church is losing influence, pope warns

Pope Francis on Saturday called on church leaders for a "change in mentality", saying the Christian faith is less heeded -- even ignored -- in the modern world.

Buddhist ties, nuclear arms ban

Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament.

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