Sex abuse survivor leaves Vatican panel

2016-02-06 17:55

Pope Francis's efforts to show that he's tough on clerical sex abuse have suffered a blow after an abuse survivor took a leave of absence from Vatican panel.

The Vatican says the pope is not an actor

2016-02-03 16:00

The Vatican is disputing a US film studio's claim that the pope is making his movie debut.

Leonardo DiCaprio greets Pope Francis in Italian to discuss the environment

2016-01-31 08:00

Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss their shared concern over the environment.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

2016-01-22 22:09

Pope Francis has spoken out over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

Princess Charlene charms Pope Francis as Monaco royals make Vatican visit

2016-01-19 13:04

Princess Charlene seemingly charmed Pope Francis during a private call on the pontiff at the Vatican along with her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco

Pope to visit synagogue in sign of friendship

2016-01-16 19:10

Pope Francis is set to become the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue in a sign of continued Catholic-Jewish friendship.

Pope: Now's the time to end indifference

2016-01-01 22:28

Pope Francis has welcomed the new year with a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and says it's time to end indifference in the world.

Pope: I sing like a donkey

2015-12-31 18:57

Pope Francis has made no secret of his love of choirs, but he says it's a good thing that he doesn't join the singing because he sings 'like a donkey'.

Sick of scandals, pope prescribes cure for Vatican ills

2015-12-22 06:27

Pope Francis has vowed to power ahead with the reform of the Curia, the Church's "diseased" governing body, throwing down the gauntlet to those fostering a climate of intrigue, greed and double-crossing in the Vatican.

Trudeau to ask pope to apologise to Canada natives

2015-12-17 13:44

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will ask Pope Francis to formally apologise for more than a century of abuses at church-run boarding schools set up to assimilate Canada's indigenous peoples.


Pope Francis under fire over China 'Realpolitik'

2016-02-03 18:30

Pope Francis has come under fire after lavishing praise on China in a move widely seen as oiling the wheels of Vatican moves to improve relations with Beijing.

Pope tells nuns - 'bite your tongue'

2016-02-02 08:48

Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line.

Pope to visit Sweden to commemorate 500 years of Reformation

2016-01-25 19:39

Pope Francis will visit Sweden in October to participate in commemorations kicking off a year of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Church child abuse scandals 'tip of iceberg'

2016-01-20 19:04

The child abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church are only the tip of the iceberg, the journalists who exposed one of the hierarchy's biggest cover-ups say.

Pope hails ties with Jews

2016-01-17 22:55

Pope Francis has made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, citing an "unbreakable" bond between Jews and Christians as hundreds of armed security personnel were deployed for the Rome visit.

FIA president: Pope Francis praying for Schumi

2016-01-15 10:07

Michael Schumacher's former team boss and current FIA president Jean Todt said Pope Francis is praying for the ex-Formula 1 driver who is recovering from a 2013 skiing crash.

Pope's Jubilee year off to a sluggish start

2016-01-01 12:27

Pope Francis's Jubilee Year of Mercy is off to a sluggish start, to the disappointment of Rome's hoteliers, restaurateurs and souvenir sellers.

Pope urges return to simple values at Christmas

2015-12-25 09:09

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift-giving season, and to embrace "simple, balanced" values, as violence subdued festivities in the Holy Land.

Pope recognises 2nd Mother Teresa miracle, sainthood expected

2015-12-18 07:26

Pope Francis has recognised a second medical miracle attributed to the late Mother Teresa, clearing the path for the beloved nun to be elevated to sainthood next year, Catholic newspaper Avvenire reports.

Pope urges Holy Year amnesty for prisoners

2015-12-15 18:07

Pope Francis is urging governments to consider granting a Holy Year amnesty to prisoners, find alternatives to incarceration and at the very least abolish the death penalty, in his annual peace message.

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