Pope names 35 new saints

2017-10-16 05:48

Pope Francis has declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America.

Pope blasts climate sceptics

2017-09-11 22:13

Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change sceptics, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

Pope prays for Venezuela

2017-09-10 20:35

Pope Francis has prayed for a peaceful solution to the "grave crisis" in Venezuela, where economic and political chaos has left scores dead.

Pope Francis's Colombia visit in 5 numbers

2017-09-06 15:27

Pope Francis starts his fifth visit as pontiff to his native Latin America region on Wednesday with a trip to Colombia as it moves on from a half-century civil conflict.

Turmoil in Venezuela to vie for Pope's attention in Colombia

2017-09-01 08:20

The plight of people in Venezuela is likely to vie for some of Pope Francis' attention when he visits neighboring Colombia.

Pope laments 'persecutions' of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

2017-08-27 19:25

Pope Francis has decried the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

UK court rehears Charlie Gard case in light of new evidence

2017-07-10 17:53

A British court is assessing new evidence in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard after his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment that previous rulings have prevented.

'Pope's hospital' put children at risk - probe

2017-07-03 18:01

An investigation has found that children were put at risk when a past administration of the Vatican's showcase children's hospital shifted its focus to profits.

Pope's economic man taints Vatican

2017-06-29 21:29

Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

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.


Sex offences: Cardinal jeered at Australia court

2017-10-06 09:10

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offence charges, has been jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia.

Sporting a black eye, pope urges Colombians to reconcile

2017-09-11 08:36

Pope Francis has wrapped up his Colombia trip by honouring a fellow Jesuit who ministered to African slaves and urging Colombians to follow his lead in working for a more peaceful future.

Colombia peace will 'fail' without reconciliation: pope

2017-09-08 19:36

Pope Francis has warned that Colombia's efforts to permanently end its civil conflict will "fail" if the country's people do not seek "reconciliation" after decades of suffering.

Straight outta Colombia: nun raps for pope

2017-09-04 16:59

A Colombian nun-turned-rapper in sports sneakers will perform for Pope Francis when he visits her country this week.

Pope heads to Colombia to anoint peace process

2017-08-31 11:41

Pope Francis launches an emotionally charged visit next week to Colombia, to call for reconciliation as the country emerges from Latin America's longest civil war in a contested peace process.

Pope Francis takes on moaners

2017-07-14 21:15

Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders - the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

350 000 demand UK allow terminally ill baby to travel to US

2017-07-09 18:33

The parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy have delivered a petition of over 350 000 signatures demanding they be allowed to take him to the US for treatment.

Pope gets serious about sex abuse claims

2017-07-01 22:46

Pope Francis has declined to renew the mandate of the Vatican's doctrine chief, tapping instead a deputy to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases.

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.

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