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Pope Francis gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blows candles on a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. AP

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Retired pope wanted ‘Father Benedict’ name—report


A German newspaper is reporting that retired Pope Benedict XVI says he would have liked to be known after his resignation as “Father Benedict” — a title that would have distinguished him more clearly from the current pontiff.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pacquiao sets aside P295M for new church

Rep. Manny Pacquiao FILE PHOTO

World boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has set aside some P295 million from his earnings from big-time prizefights for the construction of a house of worship on a 5-hectare property here.

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Pope asks Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Muslim leaders worldwide to “clearly” condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

Posted: December 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

Pope Francis listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »