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'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

Sep. 21, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their “nasty comments” were the work of the devil and adding that “some wanted me dead” after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12...

Pope: No place for politics in Biden Communion flap

Sep. 15, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic bishops must minister with “compassion and tenderness,” not condemnation, to politicians who support abortion rights and warned that clerics shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving Communion. ...

Your suffering is ours: Pope honors Slovak Holocaust victims

Sep. 13, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis honored Slovakian Holocaust victims and atoned for Christian complicity in wartime crimes as he sought to promote reconciliation Monday in a country where a Catholic priest was president of a Nazi puppet state that deported tens of thousands of its...

Slovakia government apologizes for WWII anti-Jew laws

Sep. 08, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government apologized on Wednesday for World War II legislation that stripped the country’s Jews of their human and civil rights. Marking the 80th anniversary of the “Jewish Code” adopted on Sept 9, 1941, the government...

China recalls Lithuania ambassador in row over Taiwan office

Aug. 10, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and expelled the Baltic nation’s top representative to Beijing over the country’s decision to allow self-governing Taiwan to open an office in Lithuania under its own name. Beijing claims Taiwan...

Grueling itinerary set for pope's first post-surgery trip

Jul. 21, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday announced a grueling itinerary for Pope Francis’ first post-surgery foreign trip, scheduling around-the-clock encounters and hopscotching flights for his Sept. 12-15 visit to Hungary and Slovakia. Francis, 84, had already confessed...

Taiwan, Lithuania ties grow despite pressure from Beijing

Jul. 20, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan will exchange representative offices with Lithuania, the self-governed island said Tuesday, in a breakthrough for its foreign relations that are under constant pressure from China. The offices will seek to enhance economic and trade...

Slovakia's top court dismisses referendum on early election

Jul. 07, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s top court ruled Wednesday that a nationwide referendum cannot be held on whether to call an early parliamentary election. President Zuzana Caputova had asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the matter after over 585,000...

Pope adds Slovakia trip to Hungary visit in September

Jul. 04, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he'll go to Slovakia in September, adding a three-day visit to that European nation after a pilgrimage to neighboring Hungary. It was already known that Francis planned to be in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, to...