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Vatican tamps down expectations over women deacons

2016-05-13 17:55

The Vatican is tamping down any expectations that Pope Francis is about to let women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.

Pope insists paedophile criminals be 'severely' punished

2016-05-01 22:28

Pope Francis is insisting that paedophiles who abuse children be severely punished and called it a "tragedy".

Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

2016-04-23 17:37

Pope Francis heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

Pope plays down the Bern 'meeting'

2016-04-16 18:57

Pope Francis says he briefly greeted US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the two shook hands, in what he has described as a sign of good manners, "nothing more".

The Bern mobbed by media in Rome, but no pope

2016-04-15 21:13

He came (to Rome), he saw (the inside of the Vatican, but not Pope Francis) and he conquered (the few dozen students and expats who turned out to see him).

Pope Francis to issue guide to love, sex and marriage

2016-04-08 11:11

Pope Francis will issue new guidelines on the Church's approach to love, sex and marriage in what is being billed as one of the defining moments of his tenure.

From Vatican to Unesco - France switches 'gay' ambassador

2016-04-06 22:03

France's government has named a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as the country's ambassador to Unesco, several months after he was nominated as ambassador to the Vatican - a job he never started.

Visual bucket list: Girl going blind may see pope

2016-04-05 22:53

A five-year-old American girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight, may get her wish to see Pope Francis.

Pope washes asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

2016-03-24 21:02

Pope Francis washed the feet of 11 young asylum seekers and a worker at their reception centre to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees.

VatiLeaks: New sex and secrets claims emerge

2016-03-17 18:02

The Vatican's controversial trial of journalists and others has been adjourned until next month as a new account emerged of an alleged night of sex and secrets between two of the accused.


Pope asks doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

2016-05-07 18:01

Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

5 000 suspect accounts identified in Vatican Bank clean-up

2016-04-28 20:15

A clean-up of the Vatican bank has been completed, with the final tally of suspect accounts that had to be closed nearing 5 000.

Pope Francis a saviour - refugees

2016-04-17 18:00

The Syrian refugees taken in by Pope Francis following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos have hailed the pontiff as a 'saviour' for offering them a new life.

Pope shows Europe a migrant lesson

2016-04-16 15:35

Pope Francis has given Europe a lesson in how to treat refugees by bringing 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the hard-hit Greek island of Lesbos.

Vatican secretary in leaks trial: 'Who am I to say no?'

2016-04-11 18:01

A secretary on trial in the leaks of confidential Vatican documents has testified that he was compelled to do what his boss wanted because the monsignor reported directly to the pope and he was in no position to refuse.

I did not have sex with that priest, VatiLeaks trial told

2016-04-07 09:40

An alleged night of sex at the centre of a controversial Vatican leaks trial never took place, accused former PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui has told a Holy See court.

Pope blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

2016-04-06 18:58

Pope Francis has blessed the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight

Pope asks to visit refugees in Greece

2016-04-05 16:13

Pope Francis has asked to visit Greece to show support for refugees there, and Greek church authorities have approved plans for a papal trip to Lesbos.

Elderly pope Benedict XVI 'slowly fading'

2016-03-24 21:02

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is "slowly, serenely fading" but remains "very lucid", his personal secretary has said in an interview.

Mother Teresa will become a saint in September

2016-03-15 14:01

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally approved sainthood for Mother Teresa and set September 4 as the date for her canonisation.

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