France's Hollande to meet pope after priest killing

2016-08-15 20:01

French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, his office said, with the two expected to discuss the fallout from the jihadist murder of a French priest.

Second chance for sinners as pope fetes 'Assisi pardon'

2016-08-04 18:28

Pope Francis has travelled to the Italian town of Assisi for a private visit to mark the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi", under which the slates of sinners can be wiped clean.

Pope 'doubts' sex abuse case against Australian cardinal

2016-08-01 13:24

Pope Francis has said there were 'doubts' over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.

Pope to youth: Believe in a new humanity stronger than evil

2016-07-31 20:40

Pope Francis has encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people at a global gathering of the faithful to "believe in a new humanity" that is stronger than evil.

World at war, but not a religious war - pope

2016-07-27 17:42

Pope Francis says the world is at war, but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France.

Breakaway Catholic group lays into pope

2016-06-29 21:18

A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group has accused Pope Francis of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining conservative criticism over Francis' perceived loose doctrine and emphasis on mercy over morals.

French cardinal questioned in priest sex abuse cases

2016-06-08 17:49

French investigators have questioned a prominent cardinal about alleged failures to report on suspected paedophilia by a priest under his watch.

Mourinho to be Pope Francis for Portuguese film

2016-06-03 10:48

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to play the pontiff in a upcoming Portuguese film.

Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

Pope Francis has 'endorsed' Uhuru Kenyatta for another term, Twitterati decide

2016-05-19 12:19

Some Twitterati have decided that Pope Francis has endorsed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for another term, after reinterpreting a tweet from the Catholic leader.


Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

2016-08-12 21:46

Pope Francis has surprised 20 former prostitutes by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat.

Pope opens door to female deacons

2016-08-02 15:59

Pope Francis has appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.

Not right to talk about a 'violent, terrorist' Islam - Pope

2016-08-01 10:46

Pope Francis says he won't call Islam 'terrorist' since it's 'not true'.

Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

2016-07-29 15:22

Pope Francis has walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron 'Arbeit Macht Frei' gate at Auschwitz-Birkenau, beginning a historic visit to the former Nazi death camp.

Vatican goes global with new spokesperson team

2016-07-12 05:38

Pope Francis has named a former Fox TV correspondent, Greg Burke, as his spokesperson and tapped a Spanish woman to be the deputy, the first time a woman has held the post.

Christians should apologise to gay people - Pope

2016-06-27 08:16

Pope Francis says that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Vatican summit pledges aid to fight trafficking

2016-06-03 22:45

Judges and prosecutors from around the world are pledging to crack down on human trafficking and help victims of modern-day slavery.

Pope takes 'part-time' priests to task

2016-05-30 05:14

Clergymen should make themselves available to their flocks day and night instead of keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close, Pope Francis says.

Pope Francis meets archbishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

2016-05-20 14:32

Pope Francis has met with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France.

Pope asks doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

2016-05-07 18:01

Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

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