Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

2017-03-20 18:03

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide and told Rwanda's president that he hoped his apology would help the country heal

Pope prays for all mistreated youths after Guatemala blaze

2017-03-12 22:27

Pope Francis has prayed for the 39 girls killed and others injured in the blaze that began in a Guatemalan youth shelter when mattresses were set alight in a protest by those living there.

Pope should ditch top cardinal over sex abuse

2017-03-07 05:24

A prominent church reform group has urged Pope Francis to oust the head of a powerful Vatican department over sex abuse reforms.

Pope worries about sexual abuse in Gaum

2017-02-16 09:51

The Vatican has sent a Rome-based cardinal who has clashed repeatedly with Pope Francis to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate a case of sexual abuse.

Pope urges prayers for unborn children under threat

2017-02-05 20:51

Pope Francis has urged the faithful to pray for unborn children threatened by "the termination of pregnancy" in a throwaway culture marked by falling birthrates.

Pope on sex abuse: Zero tolerance means just that

2017-01-02 21:30

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's much-vaunted "zero tolerance" approach to abuse..

Pope's new mission... buying his own shoes

2016-12-21 17:46

Pope Francis has been the toast of social media after successfully completing his latest groundbreaking mission - popping out of the Vatican to buy himself some new footwear.

Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

2016-11-22 09:19

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the "grave sin" of abortion, extending special permission he had granted in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope names successor to Guam archbishop accused of sex abuse

2016-11-01 07:38

Pope Francis has tapped an American to succeed Guam's archbishop who is accused of sexually molesting altar boys.

Pope canonises Argentina's 'gaucho priest'

2016-10-16 16:40

Pope Francis has canonised Argentina's "gaucho priest", the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung Argentine peripheries to minister to the poor.


Egypt says Pope Francis to visit in April

2017-03-18 19:30

Egypt says Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the majority Muslim nation during the final week of April.

Pope Francis says may consider making married men priests

2017-03-10 11:46

Pope Francis said in an interview that the church may consider ordaining married men who could potentially then work in remote areas faced with a shortage of priests.

Pope calls for quick accord to end DRC violence

2017-02-19 16:30

Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers.

Pope Francis wades into US oil pipeline dispute

2017-02-16 08:08

Pope Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands in reference to the North Dakota oil pipeline.

Abbas opens Vatican mission

2017-01-14 22:07

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would "not help the peace process."

Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican

2016-12-22 21:06

Pope Francis is denouncing the resistance he's encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo "permanent purification".

Pope to Egypt Copts: 'United in the blood of our martyrs'

2016-12-12 15:02

Pope Francis has phoned the Coptic patriarch of Egypt to offer his condolences for the 25 Christians killed in a church bombing in Cairo.

'Phantom' pilgrims fail to bring cash to Vatican

2016-11-18 21:06

The Vatican's Jubilee Year was supposed to draw 20 million Catholics to Rome, where hotels and restaurants were rubbing their hands with glee, but they failed to materialise.

Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

2016-10-25 15:49

The Vatican has published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home, but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place.

Pope opens private summer apartments to tourists

2016-10-15 09:03

Who needs a summer palace? Not Pope Francis, who has renounced the delights of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome and opened his private apartments to tourists, the Vatican says.

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