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Pope admits church realised sex abuse problem 'a bit late'

2017-09-22 09:14

Pope Francis has acknowledged the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realising the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving paedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.

Pope heads to Colombia to anoint peace process

2017-08-31 11:41

Pope Francis launches an emotionally charged visit next week to Colombia, to call for reconciliation as the country emerges from Latin America's longest civil war in a contested peace process.

Pope calls for 'moderation' after Jerusalem shrine violence

2017-07-24 06:13

Pope Francis has appealed for moderation after recent killings at a Jerusalem holy site.

UK court rehears Charlie Gard case in light of new evidence

2017-07-10 17:53

A British court is assessing new evidence in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard after his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment that previous rulings have prevented.

Vatican official admits past hospital problems

2017-07-04 22:30

The Vatican secretary of state has acknowledged that there have been problems at "the pope's hospital" for children in the past, but says the new administration is making a "serious effort to resolve them".

'Pope's hospital' put children at risk - probe

2017-07-03 18:01

An investigation has found that children were put at risk when a past administration of the Vatican's showcase children's hospital shifted its focus to profits.

Pope's economic man taints Vatican

2017-06-29 21:29

Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

2017-06-18 07:40

The Vatican wants to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for corruption and mafia association.

Pope risks joke about Trump's size

2017-05-24 20:32

It could have caused a diplomatic incident, but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania.

Pope warns world about Korean tensions

2017-04-30 10:56

Pope Francis is warning that "a good part of humanity" will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate.


Pope blasts climate sceptics

2017-09-11 22:13

Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change sceptics, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

Listen to cry of the Earth - pope

2017-08-30 18:35

Pope Francis is urging world leaders to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor" and take measures to protect the environment.

Pope Francis takes on moaners

2017-07-14 21:15

Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders - the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

350 000 demand UK allow terminally ill baby to travel to US

2017-07-09 18:33

The parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy have delivered a petition of over 350 000 signatures demanding they be allowed to take him to the US for treatment.

Vatican hospital says investigation a 'hoax'

2017-07-04 05:17

The Vatican's children's hospital is calling an Associated Press investigation into quality of care problems a "hoax".

Pope gets serious about sex abuse claims

2017-07-01 22:46

Pope Francis has declined to renew the mandate of the Vatican's doctrine chief, tapping instead a deputy to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases.

Vatican auditor chief resigns in papal reform twist

2017-06-20 21:04

The Vatican's auditor general has resigned without explanation, throwing a question mark over Pope Francis's reform efforts.

Pope condemns 'abhorrent' Kabul attack

2017-05-31 19:50

Pope Francis condemns the 'abhorrent' truck bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter that left at least 80 people dead.

Pope prays for all mothers

2017-05-14 17:32

Pope Francis has invited faithful in St Peter's Square to join him in silent prayer for each one's mother, including "those in heaven".

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

2017-04-28 17:31

Pope Francis has brushed off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

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