Pope Francis: Sometimes marriage break-ups are inevitable

2015-06-24 14:00

Pope Francis, the leader of a Catholic Church that has always preached the indissolubility of marriage has acknowledged that sometimes it is impossible for spouses to stay together.

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

2015-06-19 12:43

Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.

Pope pleas to world to stop climate change destruction

2015-06-18 14:52

Pope Francis has issued a global plea for action to prevent "extraordinary" climate change from destroying the planet and said wealthy countries must bear primary responsibility for creating the problem and for solving it.

Pope accepts resignations of US bishops over sex abuse cover-up

2015-06-15 15:16

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two US bishops accused of failing to respond appropriately to allegations of sex abuse against a priest in the diocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Pope arrives in Sarajevo

2015-06-06 09:44

Pope Francis has arrived in Sarajevo for a visit aimed at bolstering reconciliation between Bosnia's Serb, Croat and Muslim communities.

Irish gay marriage vote defeat for humanity - Vatican

2015-05-27 13:25

The Irish vote to allow same-sex marriage was a 'defeat for humanity', a senior Vatican official has said in the first high-level reaction from the Holy See to last week's landmark referendum.

Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

2015-05-21 13:38

China's president has warned in a key policy speech that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state.

Pope meets 'angel of peace' Abbas

2015-05-16 14:26

Pope Francis has met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, calling him "an angel of peace," days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine.

Pope says environmental sinners will answer to God

2015-05-12 21:21

Pope Francis has warned 'the powerful of the earth' they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

Man apologises after hanging up twice on pope

2015-04-30 21:03

An Italian man hung the phone up on Pope Francis twice thinking he was being pranked, but later apologised to him personally for his error.


Pope visits once-persecuted evangelicals

2015-06-22 12:39

Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Waldensian evangelical church, whose members were persecuted by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages.

UN chief welcomes pope's climate message

2015-06-18 22:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a warning by Pope Francis on climate change and called on governments to put the global common good above national interests.

Pope criticises nations that close doors to migrants

2015-06-17 14:30

Pope Francis has called for respect for migrants and suggested that 'people and institutions' who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.

Pope tells Putin: Sincere peace efforts needed for Ukraine

2015-06-11 08:45

Pope Francis has encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in 'sincere' international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican.

Pope prays for victims of China ship disaster

2015-06-03 14:05

Pope Francis has offered prayers to the victims of a major cruise ship disaster on China's Yangtze River.

Pope's finance chief ready to appear at Australia child abuse inquiry

2015-05-27 11:43

Pope Francis’ finance chief says he is willing to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the country’s most notorious paedophile priest gives evidence.

Pope Francis canonises 2 Palestinian women

2015-05-17 11:49

Pope Francis has named two Palestinian women as saints, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalised its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine.

Vatican recognises state of Palestine

2015-05-13 19:52

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

Controversial friar to be made a saint

2015-05-06 15:02

Friar Junipero Serra, an 18th century Franciscan who brought Christianity to California and is accused by Native American groups of colonial crimes, will be made a saint, the Vatican says.

UN chief praises pope for framing climate in moral terms

2015-04-28 12:42

The UN chief has praised Pope Francis for framing climate change as an urgent moral imperative.

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