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The Vatican has taken an unprecedented decision due to the coronavirus outbreak. All Holy Week services with Pope Francis will be held without a congregation, including Easter Sunday mass.

Vatican to observe holy week behind closed doors

The Vatican has taken an unprecedented decision due to the coronavirus outbreak. All Holy Week services with Pope Francis will be held without a congregation, including Easter Sunday mass.
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Coronavirus: Pope’s Sunday prayer to be livestreamed

Pope Francis’ Angelus prayer on Sunday will be livestreamed in a break with centuries-old tradition, the Vatican announced, as the number of coronavirus cases topped 100,000.
Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Pope Francis postponed his official appointments Friday and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of “a mild ailment”.
An image of Pope Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of an admirer late Tuesday had social media abuzz with comments on the pontiff’s prompt riposte.

Pope apologises for slapping devotee

Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year’s Eve.
Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb.

Pope Francis says ‘lost patience’ with exuberant admirer

Pope Francis confessed Wednesday he had “lost patience” with an exuberant admirer who had grabbed his hand on Saint Peter’s Square, prompting a swift pair of slaps.
In this handout photo released and taken by the Thai Organizing Committee on November 20, 2019, Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. – Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on November 20, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. (Photo by Handout / THAI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE / AFP) /

Pope Francis: Respect prostitutes, victims of human trafficking

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.
Pope Francis on March 30 addressed the people, authorities, representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Pope hosts meal for 1,500 poor, homeless

Pope Francis on Sunday hosted around 1,500 poor and homeless people for lunch at the Vatican, decrying indifference to poverty as the Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
Pope Francis (L) celebrates the closing mass of the Synod on Amazonia on October 27, 2019 at the Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO - AFP)

Pope calls for dialogue in Lebanon following protests

Pope Francis urged dialogue in Lebanon Sunday after days of sweeping protests against the political class, urging the country to respect “dignity and freedom”.
Pope Francis on Monday hit out at offensive words spoken against the Amazon's indigenous people, noting that a feather headdress is no more ridiculous than hats worn at the Vatican.

Pope says Amazon feathers same as Vatican hats

Pope Francis on Monday hit out at "offensive words" spoken against the Amazon's indigenous people, noting that a feather headdress is no more ridiculous than hats worn at the Vatican.
Pope Francis said Sunday he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be freed by firemen.

Pope Francis says got stuck in Vatican lift, freed by firemen

Pope Francis said Sunday he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be freed by firemen.
Pope Francis delivers the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to the city and to the world from the balcony of St Peter’s basilica, on April 21, 2019 after the Easter Sunday Mass in the Vatican. – Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be helped to return home.
Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.

Pope urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
Pope Francis celebrates from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas message to the city and the world, on December 25, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. ANGELO CARCONI - EPA

Christmas: Pope Francis sues for peace in Yemen, Syria, other flashpoints

Pope Francis used his Christmas message Tuesday to appeal for peace in conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen, whose populations face some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Some 1,200 people, including pilgrims, relatives and friends of the beatified, filled the Chapel of our Lady of Santa Cruz [Abdelaziz Boumzar-Reuters]

Catholic monks beatified in Algeria, first in a Muslim nation

The Catholic Church beatifies seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed in Algeria during the country's 1990s civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim country
Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis: Abortion is like hiring a ‘contract killer’

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer”.

Italy expels South African who flew drone near Vatican

A South African man has been ordered to leave Italy after flying his drone near the Vatican, Italian police said on Wednesday.

Pope calls for peace in Jerusalem in Christmas message

Pope Francis called for “peace for Jerusalem” and “mutual trust” on the Korean peninsula as he highlighted the suffering of children in conflicts across the world in his Christmas address on Monday.

What Pope Francis told me about Nigeria – Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Pope Francis says he has been praying for the peace and stability of Nigeria, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who met the cleric said.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on Monday on Channels Television, Programme “Sunrise Daily”, while, speaking on COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

NCDC rules out elderly, symptomatic coronavirus patients from home care

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has ruled out elderly patients and those with severe symptoms from home care treatment for COVID-19.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police order arrest of fake coronavirus taskforce in Anambra

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, has ordered the arrest of illegal task force teams claiming to be enforcing COVID-19 measures including wearing of face masks in the state.
Governor Abubakar Badaru Babura of Jigawa

Governor Badaru: Jigawa power transmission substation set for inauguration

Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa says the 96 megawatts capacity Gagarawa power transmission substation is set for inauguration in three weeks time.
Ibrahim Magu

Presidency: Ibrahim Magu’s probe shows anti-corruption fight is real

The Presidency on Saturday said those who hold the belief that the ongoing investigation of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, is an indication of the administration’s failing anti-corruption fight have missed the point.

NGO distributes palliatives to physically changed

Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, has distributed some palliative materials to the People Living With Disabiluties (PLWDs) in Karamajiji, Abuja.