Special coverage of the pope's visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines

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Pope says he is willing to visit China

Pope says he is willing to visit China

Denies reports that he did not receive the Dalai Lama at the Vatican recently due to Chinese pressure
Pope backtracks on 'rabbits' comments, praises big families

Pope backtracks on 'rabbits' comments, praises big families

Days after urging Catholics not to 'be like rabbits', Francis says 'every child is a blessing'
Pope acknowledges corruption within the Church

Pope acknowledges corruption within the Church

Philippine Church leaders have some 'soul-searching' to do, say bishops
Why Francis' papal plane interviews are a 'brilliant' success

Why Francis' papal plane interviews are a 'brilliant' success

By speaking from the heart, the pontiff has proven to be a master of communication

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Pope Francis, the climate advocate

Pope Francis, the climate advocate

Pontiff's comments on global warming are a boost for those campaigning to protect the planet

Manila homeless removed from streets, kept at luxury resort during papal visit

Manila homeless removed from streets, kept at luxury resort during papal visit

Pope would have wanted to see the Philippines, 'warts and all', says congressman

Why Francis' papal plane interviews are a 'brilliant' success

Why Francis' papal plane interviews are a 'brilliant' success

By speaking from the heart, the pontiff has proven to be a master of communication

Pope backtracks on 'rabbits' comments, praises big families

Pope backtracks on 'rabbits' comments, praises big families

Days after urging Catholics not to 'be like rabbits', Francis says 'every child is a blessing'

Pope acknowledges corruption within the Church

Pope acknowledges corruption within the Church

Philippine Church leaders have some 'soul-searching' to do, say bishops

Philippine police arrest 'pranksters' for bomb joke at papal mass

Philippine police arrest 'pranksters' for bomb joke at papal mass

Trio could face five years in jail for 'making fun of' police officers

Pope says he is willing to visit China

Pope says he is willing to visit China

Denies reports that he did not receive the Dalai Lama at the Vatican recently due to Chinese pressure

Pope cautions against conditional aid tied to Western gender ideologies

Pope cautions against conditional aid tied to Western gender ideologies

Recipients of humanitarian assistance 'must not lose their freedom'

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed 'like rabbits'

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed 'like rabbits'

Appeals to world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practice responsible parenting

Waiting on Francis, true leadership at typhoon’s ‘ground zero’

Waiting on Francis, true leadership at typhoon’s ‘ground zero’

For some, love for the pontiff also stems from a void of leadership in the Philippines

Pope euphoria quickly fades in Philippine typhoon zone‎

Pope euphoria quickly fades in Philippine typhoon zone‎

Many Haiyan survivors still living hand-to-mouth existence in temporary shelters

Philippine bishops reflect on papal visit

Philippine bishops reflect on papal visit

Praise Pope Francis' 'spontaneity' and his ability to connect with the people

Francis tells youth to ensure women's role in society

Francis tells youth to ensure women's role in society

Notes small number of women at his meeting with students at Pontifical University of Santo Tomas

Pope attracts world-record crowd in rain-soaked Philippines

Pope attracts world-record crowd in rain-soaked Philippines

Six million people turn out to see the pontiff say mass

Pope meets father of woman who died after Tacloban Mass

Victim had been a volunteer for the Catholic Relief Services

Catholic aid worker dies in accident after pope's Mass

High winds cause scaffolding to collapse as Typhoon Mekkhala bears down on Philippines

Pope braves coming storm to meet typhoon victims in Tacloban

Pope braves coming storm to meet typhoon victims in Tacloban

As many as 300,000 rain-soaked Filipinos turn out for papal Mass as Typhoon Mekkhala bears down

Francis warns against 'threats to the family'

Francis warns against 'threats to the family'

Urges compassion for the elderly and children without parents

Indigenous leaders in Mindanao confer 'elder' status on pope

Indigenous leaders in Mindanao confer 'elder' status on pope

Ceremony honors pontiff's respect for the ancient values of tribal communities

Harsh security sees nuns detained over papal visit in Tacloban

Harsh security sees nuns detained over papal visit in Tacloban

Sisters questioned, accused of militancy before being released

Tagle tells Pope Francis about the 'determination' of Filipinos

Tagle tells Pope Francis about the 'determination' of Filipinos

Philippine cardinal delivers invigorating speech at Manila Mass

Pope Francis says there are 'limits' to freedom of speech

Pope Francis says there are 'limits' to freedom of speech

Weighing in on last week's assault on a French satirical magazine, the pontiff condemned killing in God's name

Pope tells Filipinos to 'reject' corruption

Pope tells Filipinos to 'reject' corruption

Urges greater respect for human dignity and the country's poor

Pope begins visit to passionately Catholic Philippines

Pope begins visit to passionately Catholic Philippines

Crowd could surpass previous record for a papal gathering

Pope makes impromptu visit to Buddhist temple in Colombo

Pope makes impromptu visit to Buddhist temple in Colombo

More than 600 prisoners released to mark Francis' apostolic visit to Sri Lanka

Philippine typhoon survivors ‘paint Tacloban white’

Philippine typhoon survivors ‘paint Tacloban white’

Protest intended to remind pope of struggles in wake of Haiyan

Pope canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint, urges religious freedom

Pope canonizes Sri Lanka's first saint, urges religious freedom

Beachside Mass draws hundreds of thousands

Goans eagerly await canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

Goans eagerly await canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

Thousands travel from India to Sri Lanka to attend ceremony

In former Sri Lanka war zone, Francis delivers message of hope

In former Sri Lanka war zone, Francis delivers message of hope

Tamils call for justice, accountability at island's holiest Catholic shrine

Children seek papal help in attaining justice for priest's murder

Tribal students hope Pope Francis' visit will spur action in the Fr Fausto Tentorio case

Flying high with Pope Francis

Flying high with Pope Francis

Aboard the papal plane, the pontiff jokes with journalists and warns of a tough workweek

Pope calls on Sri Lankan religious leaders to seek true reconciliation

Pope calls on Sri Lankan religious leaders to seek true reconciliation

Urges renunciation of violence and 'sincere respect' for alternative religious views

Pope Francis greets leaders of eight countries en route to Asia

Pope Francis greets leaders of eight countries en route to Asia

Papal messages delivered ahead of Sri Lanka visit

Pope calls for truth, peace in Sri Lanka remarks

Pope calls for truth, peace in Sri Lanka remarks

Tamils cheer pope's call for reconciliation

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Calls for 'pursuit of truth' in the island nation's post-war era

Church in Sri Lanka's former war zone awaits first papal visit

Church in Sri Lanka's former war zone awaits first papal visit

Our Lady of Madhu is rare symbol of reconciliation in country riven by ethnic, religious divisions

'Strong statement' on climate change expected from pope on Asia visit

'Strong statement' on climate change expected from pope on Asia visit

Pontiff's remarks will come ahead of a planned papal encyclical on the environment

Philippine activists seek pope's intervention over political prisoners

Philippine activists seek pope's intervention over political prisoners

An estimated 500 political prisoners are currently jailed in the country

Priest sees pope's Sri Lanka visit as step toward 'reconciliation'

Priest sees pope's Sri Lanka visit as step toward 'reconciliation'

Says Francis' gestures and actions will 'speak a thousand times louder than his words' on papal trip

The security challenges of protecting Francis in the Philippines

The security challenges of protecting Francis in the Philippines

'The devil is in the details', says armed forces chief

The ‘Pope Francis List’

The ‘Pope Francis List’

Papal souvenirs are everywhere in the Philippines — so, what lessons can they impart?

Sri Lanka Catholics rest high hopes on Francis' visit

Sri Lanka Catholics rest high hopes on Francis' visit

Deep scars leftover from the country's civil war have barely begun to heal

Anticipation builds over Francis upcoming trip to the Philippines

Anticipation builds over Francis upcoming trip to the Philippines

Filipino priest likens upcoming papal trip to a visit by Jesus Himself

Pope Francis' message is as much anticipated as his visit

Pope Francis' message is as much anticipated as his visit

Pontiff needs to speak out against the social ills plaguing the Philippines

Philippines holds million-strong parade ahead of papal visit‎

Philippines holds million-strong parade ahead of papal visit‎

In fervent displays of devotion, huge crowds march in annual Black Nazarene procession

Philippine traffic officers to wear nappies for papal visit

Philippine traffic officers to wear nappies for papal visit

Adult diapers to ensure police remain vigilant during the long hours overseeing huge crowds

Christians divided over Goa's subsidy for Sri Lanka pilgrimage

Christians divided over Goa's subsidy for Sri Lanka pilgrimage

Some say covering travel costs for the poor is an unnecessary expense