BREAKING NEWS: Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio Elected Pope

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By BosNewsLife News Center enclave VATICAN CITY (BosNewsLife)-- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, from Argentina has been elected pope. As Pope Francis, as he will be known, appeared in front of a huge crowd packing St. Peter's Square, he asked the faithful to pray silently for him at a time of turmoil in the church.

NEWS WATCH: Veteran Kills 13 in Serbia Shooting

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Listen to this BosNewsLife report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife vaticanradioserbiaBELGRADE/BUDAPEST(BosNewsLife)-- A 60-year-old war veteran has killed 13 people in a shooting spree near Serbia's capital Belgrade,including his own son, mother and a two-year-old cousin, local police said.

Pope And Evangelicals Tackle Persecution Of Christians

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by Philippa HitchenVATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis and leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) group agreed Thursday, December 14, to cooperate on tackling the "worst persecution" of Christians in church history despite "major theological differences", officials said following talks in the Vatican.

NEWS ALERT: Italy Police Say 12 Migrants Drowned For Faith In Christ

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By BosNewsLife News Center REUTERS753883_ThumbnailTRIPOLI/ROME/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)-- Italian police say they have detained 15 Muslims who allegedly threw 12 Christians from an overcrowded migrant boat after they expressed faith in Jesus Christ. Vatican Radio, citing survivors, reported that the Christians had been praying for their lives during during a recent crossing from Libya.

NEWS ALERT: Pope Delivering Christmas Greetings After Assault

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By Sabina Castelfranco reporting from Rome foto_04ROME, ITALY (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Benedict delivered his traditional Christmas Day "blessing" Friday, December 25, just hours after being knocked to the ground by a woman at the start of Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican said the 82-year-old Benedict XVI was unhurt and that his busy Christmas schedule would remain unchanged.

Pope Says Syrian Christian Woman Killed For Faith In Christ

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By BosNewsLife News Center refugeespopeVATICAN CITY/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis has called a Christian Syrian woman "a martyr" after hearing she was killed by Islamic militants for refusing to deny her faith in Jesus Christ. The leader of the world's one billion Catholics told the faithful in St. Peter's Square that he spoke with the young woman's widow during his visit Saturday, April 16, to the Greek island of Lesbos where he also visited refugees held in an overcrowded detention center.

BREAKING NEWS: New Pope Elected; White Smoke

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By BosNewsLife News Center habemus_papam (1)VATICAN CITY (BosNewsLife)-- A new pope was elected Wednesday, March 13, with white smoke rising from Sistine Chapel. White smoke – produced by mixing the smoke from burning ballots with special flares – indicated that a new head of the Roman Catholic Church has been chosen at a time of turmoil in the church. Cardinals had gathered since Tuesday, March 12, for the conclave after Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to retire in some 600 years.

Rome’s Colosseum Turns Red For Persecuted Christians; Asia Bibi ‘Expected To Be Released’

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By Philippa Hitchen reporting from Vatican City VATICAN CITY/ROME (BosNewsLife)-- Rome's most famous landmark, the Colosseum, will be lit up in red on Saturday, February 24, as a sign of solidarity with all those facing persecution for their faith. They include a Pakistani mother of five on death row who is expected to be released soon amid international pressure, family and organizers said.

Pope Urges World To Tackle Christian Persecution

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By BosNewsLife News Center tic_udienza_generale_01VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis urged the world on Easter Monday not to remain “silent and inactive” amid the "unacceptable crime" of the persecution of Christians around the world.

Dozens Of Catholic Missionaries Killed In 2011

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VATICAN CITY/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)--  The Vatican's missionary news agency says more than two dozen priests, nuns and lay Catholics were killed worldwide in 2011, BosNewsLife monitored Monday, January 16.