Two 21st century icons have come face to face in the Vatican in Rome. US President Barack Obama has held a historic meeting with Pope Francis. It was the first between the two leaders.
The Vatican and Beijing have announced a historic, provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in China. But critics say the deal weakens the Catholic Church's moral authority.
A huge crowd gathered to hear the Vatican leader honor Jewish Holocaust victims and those persecuted by the Soviets. On the first papal trip to the Baltics in 25 years, Francis warned against resurgent anti-Semitism.
As he starts his tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the pontiff will find people here skeptical of his criticism of global markets, but more positive about the Church than western Europeans, writes Konstantin Eggert.
Improved ties between Beijing and the Vatican, following a historic deal allowing joint appointment of Catholic bishops in China, have raised concerns in Taiwan that it will lose its most important diplomatic partner.
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