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At start of peace talks, pope calls for urgent end to violence in Syria

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As world leaders gathered in the hopes of finding a peaceful solution to Syria's three-year-long brutal conflict, Pope Francis asked that they spare no effort in bringing an end to the violence.

Vatican bank investigated cleric arrested again by Italian authorities

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Summarizing efforts made in 2013 to improve transparency and compliance with international standards for financial operations, the Vatican bank confirmed that it conducted a "detailed investigation" of the accounts held by a monsignor arrested by Italian police for the second time Jan. 21.

Vatican is studying possible papal trips to Korea, other Asian nations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A possible papal trip to South Korea for an Asian youth gathering in August is under consideration as are invitations to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the Vatican spokesman said.

Bishop praises Nigeria’s new law prohibiting same-sex relationships

LAGOS, NIGERIA (CNS) -- Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing a law prohibiting all types of same-sex relationships.

Ukraine church urges return to peace amid spiraling street violence

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church appealed for calm as violence worsened between police and pro-European Union demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.

At Rome parish, pope meets with migrants, homeless, youths

ROME (CNS) -- Meeting 80 immigrants assisted by members of a Rome parish, Pope Francis said leaving one's homeland is always painful, but faith can give one the strength to keep going.

Vatican confirms Obama will visit pope in March

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27, the White House announced and the Vatican confirmed.

Vatican panel says violence is ‘greatest corruption of religion’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Violence is the "greatest corruption of religion," while belief in a single God is the "principle and source of love between human beings," says a new study by a Vatican advisory panel of theologians.

Mexican bishop rebukes government for crackdown on self-defense groups

NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico (CNS) -- A Mexican bishop has rebuked the federal government for sending soldiers to grab the guns of the self-defense groups formed to fight off violent drug cartels and criminal gangs in the western state of Michoacan.

Bishops visiting Holy Land call for help for ‘shocking scandal’ in Gaza

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act immediately so people living in the Gaza Strip can have access to basic necessities.