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Returning to Rome, pope discusses plans for future trips

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At the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Francis told reporters it's good for a pope to travel, and there are plans in the works for visits in Italy, to Jerusalem, to Asia, but nothing planned soon for his Argentine homeland.

"I think papal trips are always good," he said July 28 during the flight back to Rome after a week in Brazil.

The July 22-29 papal trip was good for Brazil "not just because of the pope's presence, but because for World Youth Day they mobilized and did so well that it will help the whole church," he said.

Syria's war creates havoc, priest's whereabouts unknown, nuncio says

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The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria.

Even though the Vatican was unable to confirm Tuesday news reports that a Jesuit priest had been kidnapped in Syria, the nuncio said hundreds of innocent people there find themselves abducted for political leverage or economic extortion.

Kidnappings in Syria represent "a very, very painful wound that deeply harms the nation and the Syrian people," he said.

At least 38 pilgrims killed in crash after visiting Padre Pio shrine

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At least 38 pilgrims were killed on their way home from the Padre Pio shrine when their bus plunged off an elevated highway.

Another 19 people were reported seriously injured, including passengers of nearby vehicles. Only 11 people were pulled alive from the wreckage, Vatican Radio and other news outlets reported.

The accident occurred Sunday along a major highway in Irpinia, a mountainous region in Campania, in southern Italy. A number of the victims were children.

English archbishop calls birth of prince 'source of joy' for world

The birth of the royal prince is a "source of joy" for people around the world, said the president of the English and Welsh bishops' conference.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster issued a statement of congratulations to Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their first son, who is third in line for the British throne.

Mumbai's longtime church leader, Indian Cardinal Pimenta, dies at 93

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Indian Cardinal Simon Pimenta, who led the archdiocese of Bombay for more than 18 years, died Friday at the age of 93.

He was known for trying to keep his sprawling and diverse archdiocese united and active, establishing parishes in the city's slums and trying to counter widespread contraception campaigns by promoting natural family planning.

He served as a papally appointed synod president during the 1990 Synod of Bishops on priestly formation and led the Indian bishops' conference for six years.

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