Vatican City

Heads of state and royalty, clergy from around the world and thousands of regular people flocked to the Vatican on Thursday.
The Pontiff apologized last month for abuses in Canada’s church-run residential schools but wants to personally apologize to survivors of misguided Catholic missionary zeal.
The Pontiff said the Vatican is "still pushing" for the meeting "even if I fear that Putin cannot and does not want to have this meeting at this moment.”
Pope Francis has held his first general audience with a live crowd in six months, as restrictions ease after the coronavirus pandemic. About 500 people attended, nearly all of them wearing masks and keeping social distancing.
The leaders hope to secure a papal apology for abuses committed against them by Catholic priests and school workers.
The Pope also has spoken of his own ministry to gay and transgender people, insisting they are children of God, loved by God and deserving of accompaniment by the church.
“We owe this to the young, to future generations,” the 84-year-old pope said.
Of course, the Pontiff had to test out his new toy.
The pontiff and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence during their meeting in the holy city of Najaf.
Pope Francis brushed aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his first-ever papal visit to the country.