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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election campaign last year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard when he arrived. He entered a small elevator taking him to the third floor of the Apostolic Palace and, after a long ceremonial walk past frescoed…

McDonald’s opens near Vatican, upsetting some purists

ROME: McDonald's has opened a franchise just steps away from the gleaming white marble dome of St. Peter's Basilica, giving indigestion to some cardinals and local business owners. There was no fanfare for the Dec. 30 opening of the U.S. fast food giant's new venue behind a subdued exterior on the picturesque Borgo Pio, just outside the spiritual home of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. When the plan emerged last year, one of its most strident critics was Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who said McDonald's fare was far…

Pope urges Pakistan to protect religious minorities

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday condemned the Easter suicide bomb by extremist militants that killed at least 70 people in Lahore, many of them Christians, as “hideous” and demanded that the country’s authorities protect religious minorities.

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea

SEOUL: Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday, where he will spend five days traveling around the country and meeting some of South Korea's five million Catholics on the first trip by a pontiff to Asia since 1999.