ARTICLES RELATING TO POPE FRANCIS

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

2014-07-18 12:49

Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using an amateur Smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend.

Australia priest abuse rate 'double pope's estimate'

2014-07-15 13:28

An Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy says it believes the number of paedophile priests is historically twice the pope's estimate.

Pope: About 2% of priests are paedophiles

2014-07-13 19:20

About two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper has quoted Pope Francis as saying.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 13:32

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution ordered by Pope Francis.

Pope to hold first meeting with sex abuse victims

2014-07-07 07:40

Pope Francis is conducting his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago.

Pope says communists are closet Christians

2014-06-29 19:08

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, has said that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

Pope seeks an end to all kinds of torture

2014-06-22 20:29

Pope Francis is urging Christians to work together to abolish every form of torture, condemning the practice as a grave sin.

Pope to legalising recreational drugs: Just say no

2014-06-20 15:44

Pope Francis has come out strongly against the legalisation of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the US to Uruguay and beyond.

Pope wants super rich to help the poor

2014-06-17 06:45

Pope Francis has denounced those getting rich through speculation in financial markets, calling on them to use their investments for the good of humanity.

Abbas, Peres plant olive tree

2014-06-06 22:30

The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens.

Priests, nun released in Cameroon

2014-06-01 15:00

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in northern Cameroon in early April by suspected Boko Haram gunmen have been released, says Cameroon's communications minister.

Pope ends pilgrimage

2014-05-26 22:00

Pope Francis has celebrated mass at a contested Jerusalem site at the end of a whirlwind pilgrimage which he marked by making a personal bid for Middle East peace.

Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

2014-05-26 09:27

Pope Francis has delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations.

Mideast conflict unacceptable: Pope

2014-05-25 13:04

Pope Francis has made an unscheduled stop at Israel's towering West Bank separation wall in Bethlehem after calling for an end to the "increasingly unacceptable" Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pope calls for return to Syria peace talks

2014-05-24 20:28

Pope Francis has called for fresh peace talks on Syria, urging all sides to swap arms for negotiations to bring an end to the three-year civil war there.

Holy Land prepares for papal visit

2014-05-22 19:26

Two days before Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians are putting the finishing touches on a flurry of festive preparations for the visit.

Israel Jewish extremists under house arrest

2014-05-21 22:17

Israel has decided to place under house arrest several young Jewish extremists suspected of planning to disrupt Pope Francis's visit to the Holy Land.

Christian exodus shadows papal visit to Holy Land

2014-05-21 11:46

The Pope's visit to the Holy Land comes as Christians disappear from cradle of faith with figures suggesting that the ancient community has dwindled to around 2% of the region's population.

Women in love with priests ask for optional celibacy

2014-05-19 13:09

Twenty-six women who say they are in love with Roman Catholic priests have written to Pope Francis urging him to make celibacy optional.

Priest lovers ask Pope to end celibacy rule

2014-05-18 14:33

A group of secret lovers of Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to end the Church's rule on celibacy for the clergy, an Italian newspaper has reported. The women also requested a papal audience in the letter.

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II become saints

2014-04-27 12:00

Pope Francis has proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope leads Catholics into Easter

2014-04-20 10:32

Pope Francis has led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

Pope names British woman to head academy

2014-04-12 17:00

Pope Francis has named a British sociologist to run a pontifical academy, marking the highest-ranking appointment of a woman in his papacy.

Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

2014-03-27 19:09

US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have agreed a "common commitment" to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting.

 

Sudan 'apostate' meets Pope

2014-07-25 09:03

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, has met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the US.

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

2014-07-16 09:22

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Pope urges - suffer the little children

2014-07-14 20:58

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America to the United States.

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy

2014-07-13 12:09

Pope Francis has promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction on married priests.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

2014-07-07 12:32

Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Pope calls exploitation of nature a sin

2014-07-05 13:12

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

2014-06-26 16:21

The Vatican is admitting many Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex issues like artificial contraception as an intrusion into their private lives.

Mafiosi excommunicated - pope

2014-06-21 22:32
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Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of 'the adoration of evil' and saying Mafiosi are excommunicated.

Pope to miss procession but no health alarm

2014-06-20 06:33

Pope Francis will not walk in a traditional religious procession through the streets of Rome in order to save his strength for coming engagements, the Vatican says.

Pope wades into Mideast peace-making

2014-06-08 20:29

Pope Francis is wading head-first into Mideast peace-making, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers.

Pope: Many in Zim have reached human limit

2014-06-03 10:53

Pope Francis has reportedly said he is aware that many Zimbabweans "have reached their human limit, and do not know where to turn" as the country continues to reel under economic hardships.

Pope to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

2014-05-27 09:43

Pope Francis has announced that he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus

2014-05-26 19:14

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have traded words over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

Israelis, Palestinians accept pope's invite

2014-05-25 14:52

Pope Francis has received an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

Jewish extremists held at pope visit site

2014-05-25 08:48

Jerusalem police have arrested 26 Jewish extremists protesting at a holy site on Mount Zion outside the Old City that will be visited by Pope Francis, says a spokesperson.

Israel restricts radical Jews ahead of pope's visit

2014-05-23 13:27

Fearing disruption by Jewish extremists when Pope Francis visits Jerusalem this weekend, police say they will issue restraining orders against 10 more activists, bringing the total to 15.

Pope to hear from Syria's refugees in Jordan

2014-05-22 09:56

Pope Francis will hear first-hand accounts of the horrors of Syria's war when he meets refugees in Jordan as he begins a three-day visit to the Holy Land.

Pope: Mideast trip will be purely religious

2014-05-21 21:02

Pope Francis has said his trip to the Middle East will be entirely devotional, aimed at praying for peace and improving relations with other branches of Christianity.

Pope prepares for ME high-wire act

2014-05-20 20:39

Pope Francis will be treading on sensitive ground on a trip to the Middle East this week that is intended to promote inter-faith dialogue but has already sparked protests.

All eyes on Pope's Israel visit

2014-05-19 09:25

When Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land he will step into a political powder keg, with Israelis and Palestinians seeking to chalk up political points from his visit.

Israel denies Vatican sovereignty deal

2014-05-14 20:54

Israel said it has no intention of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

2014-04-20 12:32

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

Pope hops off popemobile for 'selfies'

2014-04-13 18:00

Not only speaking off the cuff during Palm Sunday at St Peters Square, Pope Francis has also hopped off his popemobile for "selfies" with young people.

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

2014-04-11 14:57

Pope Francis has personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

 
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