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Pope Francis applauds Swedish immigration policy

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Pope Francis praised Sweden's open immigration policy and said the country should serve as an example to the world in accepting foreigners into society.

Controversial Catholic group apologizes to sex-abuse victims

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A Catholic church group that had been tainted by allegations of sexual abuse issued an apology to victims on Thursday.

Pope John Paul II's secretary publishes notes pontiff wanted burned

KRAKOW, Poland, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Personal notes made by Pope John Paul II, which he requested be burned when he died, are being published instead in his native Poland.
Most of Pope John Paul II relic found after teens stole it from church

Most of Pope John Paul II relic found after teens stole it from church

L'AQUILA, Italy, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Police said Friday they have recovered most of the cloth soaked with the blood of late Pope John Paul II that was stolen from a church in Italy.

Suspects arrested in theft of Pope John II relic in Italy

L'AQUILA, Italy, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Catholic relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II is lost because thieves in L'Aquila, Italy, do not know where they left it, police said Thursday.

Relic containing Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church

L'AQUILA, Italy, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II was stolen from a church in central Italy, prompting a massive police search, officials said.

Pope Francis may visit South Korea this summer

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Francis may make the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years this summer to attend the sixth Asian Youth Day, the Vatican said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
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Ian Paisley: Catholics treated unfairly in 1960s Northern Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand turned politician, now says Catholics were treated unfairly in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
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Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Time magazine declared Argentina-born Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, its Person of the Year Wednesday.
Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

Nelson Mandela's life, legacy remembered at memorial service

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela showed the power of "taking risks on behalf of our ideals," U.S. President Obama said at a memorial service Tuesday for the anti-apartheid hero.

South Carolina sheriff says he won't lower U.S. flag for Mandela

GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A South Carolina sheriff says he won't lower the flag at his office to honor the late Nelson Mandela because the former South African president wasn't American.
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Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84 in his Vatican apartment on April 2, 2005. In this photo, Pope John Paul II enters the stage in Luneta Park to say mass to a million people in Manila, Philippines during a Papal visit in February, 1981. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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