Catholic group Opus Dei loses influence

2014-09-26 12:09

Opus Dei will celebrate the beatification of its former leader at a huge open air mass in Madrid in a show of strength which comes as the conservative Catholic lay group is losing members and influence.

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II become saints

2014-04-27 12:00

Pope Francis has proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Thieves threw away John Paul II relic - reports

2014-01-30 22:15

Thieves accused of stealing a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II's blood threw it away thinking it worthless, Italian media has said.

Pope clears John Paul II for sainthood

2013-07-05 14:13

Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.

Vatican feuds, betrayals await next pope

2013-02-21 22:15

If evidence was ever needed that the next pope must urgently overhaul the powerful Vatican bureaucracy called the Curia, the scandal over Pope Benedict XVI's private papers is Exhibit A.

Pope avoids predecessor's show of suffering

2013-02-12 13:01

Pope John Paul II could no longer walk or talk at the time of his death in 2005 at 84 - a picture of suffering that moved the faithful while presenting a disturbing vision of papal frailty.

John Paul's beatification celebrated

2011-05-03 14:00

For the second straight day, Roman Catholic faithful have filled St Peter's Square in an outpouring of thanks for the fast beatification of John Paul II.

Cardinal dies just before beatification

2011-05-01 17:38

An 80-year-old Spanish cardinal in Rome for the beatification of late pope John Paul II died of a heart attack shortly before the start of the ceremony, reports say

John Paul II's blood to be used as relic

2011-04-26 22:37

Blood taken from Pope John Paul II during his final hospitalisation will be used as the official relic for veneration after he is beatified, says the Vatican.

Nun tells of healing John Paul II prayer

2011-01-18 13:24

A French nun says she felt vitality as her Parkinson's disease suddenly disappeared in 2005 - a recovery the Vatican attributes to the miraculous intercession of Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II to be beatified

2011-01-14 13:34

The pope has approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II's intercession and set May 1 as the date for the beloved pontiff to be beatified.

Mother Teresa fact file

2010-08-26 07:30

Mother Teresa, known as "the Saint of the Gutters" was born on this day 100 years ago. Take a look at a fact file of her life.

Vatican launches legal defence

2010-03-31 08:46

The Vatican is launching a legal defence that the church hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him deposed for negligence in abuse cases.

Pope takes hardline on priests

2010-03-19 18:07

Pope Benedict XVI deserves credit for forcing the Roman Catholic Church to finally tackle the problem of abusive priests head-on, say analysts.

Pope's failed assassin freed

2010-01-18 14:23

The Turk who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, has been released from prison after almost three decades behind bars.

Wartime pope closer to sainthood

2009-12-19 21:59

Pope Benedict XVI has moved controversial wartime pontiff Pius XII closer to sainthood by declaring him "venerable", bestowing the same honour on his beloved Polish predecessor John Paul II.


5 key figures of Poland's shift to democracy

2014-06-03 13:02

As the nation celebrates 25 years since the parliamentary elections that made the transformation possible, here are five figures in Poland's transition from communism to democracy.

Late pope's memorial defaced before canonisation

2014-04-24 07:25

Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland, days before he is to be made a saint.

Pope says gays must not be judged

2013-07-29 15:00

Pope Francis, in some of the most compassionate words from any pontiff on gays, has said they should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.

Fake pope held in Rome

2013-05-11 09:15

A Slovak street performer dressed in white papal vestments has been detained and fined by the police in Rome for bearing too close a resemblance to the late John Paul II, the police say.

Rome's gays welcomes Benedict's exit

2013-02-19 22:13

At a busy bar close to the Colosseum, the ancient stadium consecrated as a holy Christian site, clients are toasting the departure of the pope, "the worst church leader they can imagine".

Vatican slams John Paul sculpture

2011-05-20 18:06

The Vatican has slammed a giant new modernist sculpture that portrays John Paul II, saying the bronze work outside Rome's main train station doesn't even look like the late pontiff.

John Paul II beatification heavenly: Mugabe

2011-05-02 17:39

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has described the late pope John Paul II's beatification as "absolutely heavenly" after braving a European travel ban to attend the ceremony in Rome.

Poles joyful over pope's beatification

2011-04-29 13:10

Across heavily Roman Catholic Poland, the faithful are voicing joy and pride as the beatification of Polish-born Pope John Paul II draws closer.

Pope's beatification draws record crowds

2011-02-10 19:17

More than two million pilgrims are expected to throng the streets of Rome for the beatification ceremony of John Paul II.

John Paul II's blood to be church relic

2011-01-17 20:31

An official says a vial containing the blood of Pope John Paul II will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification.

John Paul II even closer to sainthood

2011-01-14 12:35

Evidence is mounting that the pope will soon approve the miracle needed to beatify Pope John Paul II, setting the stage for a major celebration.

Agca wants to visit shrine

2010-04-16 19:18

The Turk who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 has asked Portugal for permission to visit the Fatima shrine, says his lawyer.

Pope John Paul miracle in doubt

2010-03-29 09:05

Doubts have risen that the miracle needed to make Pope John Paul II a saint can stand up to scrutiny, while his record combatting priests linked to paedophilia is also being questioned.

John Paul II whipped himself

2010-01-26 22:17

Pope John Paul II flagellated himself with a belt and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to perfection.

Holiday for would-be assassin

2010-01-14 14:01

The Turkish gunman who tried to kill former pope John Paul II in 1981 will go on holiday when he is freed next week from nearly three decades in jail.

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