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Irish gay marriage vote defeat for humanity - Vatican

2015-05-27 13:25

The Irish vote to allow same-sex marriage was a 'defeat for humanity', a senior Vatican official has said in the first high-level reaction from the Holy See to last week's landmark referendum.

Pope meets 'angel of peace' Abbas

2015-05-16 14:26

Pope Francis has met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, calling him "an angel of peace," days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine.

Pope says environmental sinners will answer to God

2015-05-12 21:21

Pope Francis has warned 'the powerful of the earth' they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

UN chief praises pope for framing climate in moral terms

2015-04-28 12:42

The UN chief has praised Pope Francis for framing climate change as an urgent moral imperative.

Vatican drops takeover of US nuns

2015-04-16 19:05

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its takeover of a US nun group in a major shift in tone under Francis.

Vatican mum over gay French diplomat

2015-04-11 13:25

Three months after appointing an openly gay diplomat as France's ambassador to the Vatican, Paris is still waiting for a reply.

Pope: Earth's water must be protected

2015-03-22 17:02

Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

2015-03-07 16:00

Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970's murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily says.

Pope, Merkel discuss Ukraine, poverty

2015-02-21 16:41

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the conflict in Ukraine and the fight against poverty during a private audience at the Vatican.

Pope calls for absolute transparency

2015-02-12 19:50

Pope Francis, starting two days of closed-door meetings with the world's Roman Catholic cardinals, has called for greater efficiency and transparency in the Church's troubled central administration, the Curia.


Pope Francis canonises 2 Palestinian women

2015-05-17 11:49

Pope Francis has named two Palestinian women as saints, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalised its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine.

Vatican recognises state of Palestine

2015-05-13 19:52

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

Controversial friar to be made a saint

2015-05-06 15:02

Friar Junipero Serra, an 18th century Franciscan who brought Christianity to California and is accused by Native American groups of colonial crimes, will be made a saint, the Vatican says.

Vatican attack plot revealed

2015-04-24 21:04

Italian prosecutors say terror suspects sought in Italy had plotted an attack against the Vatican.

Vatican plans legal action against sex abuse

2015-04-16 10:52

The Vatican is preparing to introduce legal procedures to establish the responsibilities of bishops and Catholic hierarchy found guilty of protecting priests who have sexually abused children.

Pope Francis laments deaths of students

2015-04-05 08:45

Pope Francis has denounced the massacres of Christians in many parts of the world, expressing his sorrow over the deaths of nearly 150 students in Kenya.

Vatican receives ransom demand for letters

2015-03-08 22:01

The Vatican says it has received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo.

Pope denounces 'intolerable brutality'

2015-03-01 20:20

Pope Francis has denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted by the Islamic State's militants on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians

2015-02-16 16:19

Pope Francis has expressed deep sadness for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of their sect.

Work wraps up on Vatican showers, barber shop for homeless

2015-02-06 18:07

Vatican showers, barber soon to open for homeless; 'kit' includes soap, deodorant, razor

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