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.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

2017-06-18 07:40

The Vatican wants to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for corruption and mafia association.

Pope to Nigerian priests: you'll be fired if you don't obey

2017-06-11 21:40

Pope Francis has laid down an ultimatum to Nigerian priests: be fired if you don't obey me and your bishop

Pope condemns 'abhorrent' Kabul attack

2017-05-31 19:50

Pope Francis condemns the 'abhorrent' truck bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter that left at least 80 people dead.

Pope hits out at financial speculators

2017-05-27 23:32

Pope Francis has earned a rapturous reception on a visit to a struggling steel factory in northern Italy as he denounced financial speculators.

Pope risks joke about Trump's size

2017-05-24 20:32

It could have caused a diplomatic incident, but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania.


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.

Vatican auditor chief resigns in papal reform twist

2017-06-20 21:04

The Vatican's auditor general has resigned without explanation, throwing a question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts.

Merkel says Pope urged her to fight for Paris climate deal

2017-06-17 21:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis has encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the US withdrawal.

Pope: Basic values give Italy cause to hope despite woes

2017-06-11 11:08

Pope Francis, paying a call on Italy's president, is encouraging the nation to cling to hope despite economic woes.

Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

2017-05-28 18:06

Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror

Pope lashes 'barbaric' attack on Copts

2017-05-27 13:00

Pope Francis denounced a bloody attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt as "barbaric" and urged the country to join in reconciliation, the Vatican has said.

Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

2017-05-24 09:52

President Donald Trump is meeting with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed

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