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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 gives brolleys to homeless

2015-02-05 22:18

Some 300 umbrellas from the lost property office of the Vatican Museums have been donated to the homeless.

Haircuts, shaves and showers for Vatican's homeless

2015-01-29 22:45

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open, the head of Pope Francis' charity office says.

Pope backtracks after ‘like rabbits’ comment

2015-01-21 15:51

Pope Francis has praised families with many children, two days after controversially suggesting that Catholics do not need to breed ‘like rabbits’.

Pope defends church teaching against birth control

2015-01-16 20:30

Pope Francis has issued his strongest defence yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in the Philippines to urge families to be ‘sanctuaries of respect for life’.

Pope slams 'deviant forms of religion'

2015-01-12 14:41

Pope Francis has slammed ‘deviant forms of religion’ following the deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France which left 20 people dead.

Agca leaves flowers on John Paul's tomb

2014-12-27 18:50

The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

2014-12-25 08:57

Pope Francis has led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican calling for 'tenderness' and 'warmth' after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

Man's greed will destroy the world: Pope

2014-11-20 14:20

Pope Francis has warned that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry, or risk a doomsday scenario.


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

Pope to clergy: Never cover up child abuse

2015-02-05 15:58

Pope Francis has sent Catholic clergy a powerful reminder of their duty to stamp out sexual abuse of children by priests, warning that they must never let a fear of scandal lead to cover-ups.

Pope: Learn to talk to one another again

2015-01-23 14:23

Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again.

Pope Francis will meet the Dalai Lama soon

2015-01-20 10:44

Pope Francis has left the door open to a meeting with the Dalai Lama, denying that he refused to receive the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader over fears of upsetting China.

'Pope's Charlie Hebdo comments do not justify attack'

2015-01-16 08:19

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later says did not mean justifying the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Pope names 20 new cardinals

2015-01-05 15:54

Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

Pope condemns religious persecution

2014-12-26 06:56

Pope Francis has roundly condemned jihadist violence and the 'brutal persecution' of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.

Vatican finds millions of euros

2014-12-04 18:00

The Vatican's economy minister says hundreds of millions of euros have been found "tucked away" in accounts.

Vatican issues staff with financial ethics book

2014-11-07 10:15

The Vatican has issued staff with a manual on economic ethics and accountability, as part of Pope Francis' effort to clean up the Holy See's finances.

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