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Pope hops off popemobile for 'selfies'

2014-04-13 18:00

Not only speaking off the cuff during Palm Sunday at St Peters Square, Pope Francis has also hopped off his popemobile for "selfies" with young people.

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative

2014-04-07 11:54

Pope Francis has decided that the troubled Vatican bank will remain operative and has approved recommendations for its future, the Vatican says.

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

2014-03-27 11:20

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell has apologised to a child sexual abuse victim, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong.

Pope first anniversary tweet from retreat

2014-03-13 21:04

Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church with a tweet from his retreat.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

Divorce debate challenges Pope Francis

2014-02-28 10:21

The issue of divorce is stoking a spirited debate between Catholic cardinals and revealing the challenges for Pope Francis after his promises to align the Church with modern life.

Pope wants new finance department

2014-02-24 15:01

Pope Francis has ordered a new Vatican department to be created to supervise all the tiny city state's economic and administrative affairs.

Vatican hits back at UN for abuse report

2014-02-08 05:45

The Vatican has hit back at UN committee for an abuse report, and says the UN is discredited by prejudiced claims.

Vatican 'regrets' damning UN report on abuse

2014-02-05 20:32

The Vatican says it regrets what it calls the attempt by a UN committee to interfere with its teaching on abortion and contraception in a damning report on the priestly sex abuse scandal.

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-05 09:03

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce.

You've got mail, Pope Francis, lots of it

2014-01-31 15:21

Pope Francis receives so many letters a year, from people who mostly request comfort and prayer, the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

Hollande to meet pope, hopes to woo Catholics

2014-01-24 11:35

Abortion and euthanasia will be the issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande, hoping to woo back Catholic voters.

Slow down and try a little tenderness - pope

2014-01-23 16:35

The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be "a network not of wires but of people", Pope Francis says.

Vatican faces UN showdown on sex abuse report

2014-01-15 18:18

The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced to defend itself against allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children.

Pope Francis calls abortion horrific

2014-01-13 14:22

Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, has come out and called the practice "horrific".


Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

2014-04-11 14:57

Pope Francis has personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

Pope accepts resignation of 'bling bishop'

2014-03-26 14:27

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican says.

Pope Francis: the man who won the world in 5min

2014-03-10 11:40

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis, a year since his election.

Pope defends Church’s actions against sex abuse

2014-03-05 13:06

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

Benedict: One year on a changed church

2014-02-10 20:54

It is a year since then pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, and 2014 sees a changed church.

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

2014-02-06 13:03

Pope Francis came under new pressure to punish bishops who covered up for paedophile priests when a UN human rights panel accused the Vatican of protecting its reputation.

UN demands Vatican act on child sex abuse

2014-02-05 17:03

The UN has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented report.

Queen Elizabeth II to meet pope at Vatican

2014-02-04 14:04

Queen Elizabeth II will meet Pope Francis for the first time when she visits Rome in April as a guest of the Italian president, Buckingham Palace says.

Appeals to pope over dove attack

2014-01-28 09:33

Animal rights groups have appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from the Vatican, a day after a pair of the peace symbols were attacked by a seagull and crow.

Pope says internet 'gift from God'

2014-01-23 20:41

Pope Francis has described the Internet as "a gift from God" and called on Catholics to "boldly become citizens of the digital world".

Vatican accountant accused of laundering €20m

2014-01-21 14:46

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a former top Vatican accountant on trial for money smuggling, has been further charged with money laundering, police officials say.

Vatican under sharp criticism for sex abuse

2014-01-16 15:42

The Vatican has come under blistering criticism from a UN committee for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, after allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.

Pope warns cardinals to avoid 'worldliness'

2014-01-13 15:59

Pope Francis has written to the cardinals he is preparing to appoint next month, warning them to steer clear of "worldliness" and "celebrations".

Pope stresses strength, hope in new year

2014-01-01 13:23

Pope Francis is offering "words of strength, courage and hope" as the world begins a new year.

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