Vatican apologises to Mexico for Pope's drug remarks

2015-02-25 20:38

Pope Francis’ casual speaking style has gotten him into diplomatic trouble following his remarks about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.

Vatican offers free showers, shaves to homeless

2015-02-16 17:23

Homeless men and women have lined up off St Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate.

Pope accepts resignation of 'unfaithful' UK bishop

2014-10-04 20:02

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who admitted last week that he had been "unfaithful" to his vows as a priest.

Pope names British woman to head academy

2014-04-12 17:00

Pope Francis has named a British sociologist to run a pontifical academy, marking the highest-ranking appointment of a woman in his papacy.

Vatican's Scarano faces another charge

2014-01-21 14:23

Former top Vatican accountant Monsignor Nunzio Scarano on trial for money smuggling has also been charged with money laundering.

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop'

2013-10-24 07:35

The Vatican has suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for the prelate to be dismissed.

Vatican bank publishes accounts for 1st time

2013-10-01 10:06

The Vatican bank published its accounts for the first time on Tuesday in a new drive for transparency aimed at overcoming a series of scandals as Pope Francis plans a major overhaul.

Inquiry into Vatican bank chief dropped

2013-07-07 17:06

Sources say Italian prosecutors have dropped inquiries into the Vatican bank's former president after concluding a money laundering investigation.

Francis: Benedict courageous in retiring

2013-06-30 14:21

Pope Francis says his predecessor, Benedict XVI, was courageously following his conscience when he decided to retire.

Mugabe to attend pope's inauguration

2013-03-18 07:39

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will attend this week's inauguration mass for Pope Francis, a presidential source says, adding the leader's trip won't be affected by the EU travel ban.


Mexico upset by Pope’s alleged 'Mexicanisation' remarks

2015-02-24 06:35

Mexico is sending a letter to the Vatican to complain about remarks attributed to Pope Francis about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.

Vatican offers US nuns olive branch

2014-12-16 17:35

The Vatican is going out of its way to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor while gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in their numbers.

Vatican bank chair to quit soon - sources

2014-07-01 14:06

The Vatican bank head is to step down soon as part of restructuring an institution that has been an embarrassment to the Catholic Church for decades, say sources.

Top laymen on Vatican economic body

2014-03-09 13:44

Pope Francis has named top laymen from the worlds of finance and economics to a new Vatican Council for the Economy.

Victims hope probe will stem sex abuse by priests

2014-01-14 21:49

Victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have said they hoped UN scrutiny of the Vatican would help finally to hold perpetrators to account and halt violations.

'Bling bishop' faces the pope

2013-10-21 15:44

An extravagant German Catholic bishop has been called before Pope Francis, as speculation grows over whether he will be forced to resign for his high-roller lifestyle.

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.

Top Vatican bank managers resign

2013-07-01 21:09

The director and deputy director of the Vatican bank have resigned, following the arrest of a senior cleric with close connections to the bank, a statement says.

Pope: Practice what you preach

2013-04-14 22:12

Francis has made himself an example of a more humble and frugal church by refusing many of the papal trappings.

Pope: Show mercy, don't rush to condemn

2013-03-17 16:31

Pope Francis, speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 150 000 in St Peter's Square, has urged the world to be more forgiving and merciful.

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