Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Sudan, CAR

2017-06-22 08:37

SA and Namibia are following in President Robert Mugabe's footsteps in distributing land to blacks, Zimbabwean First Lady says, and clashes between armed groups in CAR have left at least 100 people dead.

Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge

2017-06-21 05:16

Four conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

2017-06-18 07:40

The Vatican wants to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for corruption and mafia association.

Pope to Nigerian priests: you'll be fired if you don't obey

2017-06-11 21:40

Pope Francis has laid down an ultimatum to Nigerian priests: be fired if you don't obey me and your bishop

Pope condemns 'abhorrent' Kabul attack

2017-05-31 19:50

Pope Francis condemns the 'abhorrent' truck bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter that left at least 80 people dead.

Pope hits out at financial speculators

2017-05-27 23:32

Pope Francis has earned a rapturous reception on a visit to a struggling steel factory in northern Italy as he denounced financial speculators.

Pope risks joke about Trump's size

2017-05-24 20:32

It could have caused a diplomatic incident, but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania.

Trump, Pope Francis: Search for common ground

2017-05-23 22:13

Their styles can not be more different, but when President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet, they may find common ground.

Pope acknowledges 2 000-case backlog in sex abuse cases

2017-05-13 22:13

Pope Francis has acknowledged the Vatican has a 2 000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases, but says more staff are being added and that recent criticism about the slow pace was justified.

Pope starts pilgrimage to Fatima

2017-05-12 20:09

Pope Francis has arrived in Portugal to join hundreds of thousands of expectant pilgrims in Fatima, the holy site where child shepherds had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago.


Pope pledges more than $500 000 in South Sudan aid

2017-06-21 16:34

Pope Francis is offering more than $500 000 in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.

Vatican auditor chief resigns in papal reform twist

2017-06-20 21:04

The Vatican's auditor general has resigned without explanation, throwing a question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts.

Merkel says Pope urged her to fight for Paris climate deal

2017-06-17 21:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis has encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the US withdrawal.

Pope: Basic values give Italy cause to hope despite woes

2017-06-11 11:08

Pope Francis, paying a call on Italy's president, is encouraging the nation to cling to hope despite economic woes.

Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

2017-05-28 18:06

Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror

Pope lashes 'barbaric' attack on Copts

2017-05-27 13:00

Pope Francis denounced a bloody attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt as "barbaric" and urged the country to join in reconciliation, the Vatican has said.

Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

2017-05-24 09:52

President Donald Trump is meeting with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed

Pope prays for all mothers

2017-05-14 17:32

Pope Francis has invited faithful in St Peter's Square to join him in silent prayer for each one's mother, including "those in heaven".

Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints

2017-05-13 16:02

Pope Francis has added two Portuguese shepherd children of Fatima to the roster of Catholic saints on the centenary of their vision.

Pope warns world about Korean tensions

2017-04-30 10:56

Pope Francis is warning that "a good part of humanity" will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate.

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