Christmas festivities 'a charade' with world at war - Pope

2015-11-20 07:12

Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen "war and hate", Pope Francis says.

Pope offers pardon to scandal-tainted Legion of Christ

2015-10-30 12:55

Pope Francis has granted a religious pardon to the ultra-conservative Legion of Christ movement, mired in a paedophile scandal, provided its members perform acts of penance, a report says.

Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

2015-10-04 09:31

A gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family is set to kick off against the backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality.

Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda, CAR in Nov on first Africa trip

2015-09-10 13:42

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in late November, the Vatican says.

Pope slams 'atrocious, inhuman' persecution of Christians

2015-08-06 15:13

Pope Francis has slammed the “atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable” persecution of Christians and minorities, urging the international community not to remain silent.

Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

2015-04-18 19:55

Pope Francis has joined Italy in pressing the EU to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war.

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.


Gay priest fired by Vatican describes 'special homophobia'

2015-11-05 14:18

The Polish monsignor who came out as gay and was fired by the Vatican just before a meeting of bishops about outreach to gays says a "special kind of homophobia" exists among priests.

Pope apologises for recent Rome, Vatican scandals

2015-10-14 12:02

Pope Francis has offered a rare public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.

Pope met with gay student, partner - Vatican

2015-10-03 07:29

The Vatican has distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the centre of the US gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position".

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial - Vatican

2015-08-28 22:39

Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in the city state.

World mayors sign pact to fight climate change

2015-07-22 18:06

Mayors from around the world have signed a declaration with Pope Francis stating that man-made climate change is real and humanity has a moral imperative to take action.

Pope calls Armenian slaughter '1st genocide of 20th century'

2015-04-12 14:55

Pope Francis has called the Armenian slaughter by Ottomans the "first genocide of the 20th century".

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.

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