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Pope tells priests: don't be smug

2016-02-10 06:28

A specially recruited group of priests got instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic church to sinners.

Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee

2016-02-08 20:07

Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission has stressed that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from paedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.

Pope and Patriarch to bridge 1 000-year split

2016-02-05 22:27

Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican has announced.

Pope tells nuns - 'bite your tongue'

2016-02-02 08:48

Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line.

Pray for me, Iranian leader asks pope

2016-01-26 16:58

Iran's president has asked Pope Francis to pray for him after the two men held private talks at The Vatican.

Court acquits Vatican's 'Mr 500' of money-smuggling

2016-01-18 20:21

A former Vatican accountant known as "Mr 500" for his cash-rich lifestyle, has been acquitted by an Italian court of corruption and attempted money-smuggling.

Pope hails ties with Jews

2016-01-17 22:55

Pope Francis has made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, citing an "unbreakable" bond between Jews and Christians as hundreds of armed security personnel were deployed for the Rome visit.

Pope: Now's the time to end indifference

2016-01-01 22:28

Pope Francis has welcomed the new year with a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and says it's time to end indifference in the world.

Pope: I sing like a donkey

2015-12-31 18:57

Pope Francis has made no secret of his love of choirs, but he says it's a good thing that he doesn't join the singing because he sings 'like a donkey'.

Sick of scandals, pope prescribes cure for Vatican ills

2015-12-22 06:27

Pope Francis has vowed to power ahead with the reform of the Curia, the Church's "diseased" governing body, throwing down the gauntlet to those fostering a climate of intrigue, greed and double-crossing in the Vatican.


Francis broke my heart, says abuse survivor

2016-02-08 22:33

A British paedophilia survivor who has been asked to step down from a Vatican panel on the issue, says he feels betrayed by Pope Francis.

Sex abuse survivor leaves Vatican panel

2016-02-06 17:55

Pope Francis's efforts to show that he's tough on clerical sex abuse have suffered a blow after an abuse survivor took a leave of absence from Vatican panel.

Pope Francis under fire over China 'Realpolitik'

2016-02-03 18:30

Pope Francis has come under fire after lavishing praise on China in a move widely seen as oiling the wheels of Vatican moves to improve relations with Beijing.

Massive Philippine crowd asked to spread gospel

2016-01-31 16:32

Pope Francis's special envoy has told a gathering of hundreds of thousands in the Philippines that they had a special role to play in spreading the gospel, even to developed nations.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

2016-01-22 22:09

Pope Francis has spoken out over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

Princess Charlene charms pope at Vatican

2016-01-18 16:14

Princess Charlene has seemingly charmed Pope Francis during a private call on the pontiff at the Vatican along with her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Pope to visit synagogue in sign of friendship

2016-01-16 19:10

Pope Francis is set to become the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue in a sign of continued Catholic-Jewish friendship.

Pope's Jubilee year off to a sluggish start

2016-01-01 12:27

Pope Francis's Jubilee Year of Mercy is off to a sluggish start, to the disappointment of Rome's hoteliers, restaurateurs and souvenir sellers.

Pope urges prayers for Syria, Libya peace

2015-12-25 18:19

Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent UN-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, while denouncing the "monstrous evil" and atrocities they have endured.

Vatican: Heart attack killed senior sex suspect

2015-12-18 21:23

The Vatican says an autopsy has confirmed that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who died on the eve of his sex abuse trial, had a heart attack.

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