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Pope Francis shakes hands with Italian premier Matteo Renzi, as German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on, during a ceremony where he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) at the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

In the grand surroundings of the Vatican’s Sala Regia, a room just adjacent to the Sistine Chapel, an Argentinian man on Friday became the first South(...)

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. Photgraph: L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images

Pope Francis urged the West today to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty. The new pontif(...)