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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: Calls for protection of Christians in Middle East

2014-10-20 19:27

Appealing for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis says it is 'unimaginable' that they could be driven out of the region after 2 000 years.

Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

2014-10-10 12:36

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church, encouraged by Pope Francis' 'Who am I to judge?' position.

Pope braces for marriage clash as world bishops meet

2014-10-03 11:22

Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting on the contentious issue of traditional marriage.

Catholic group Opus Dei loses influence

2014-09-26 12:09

Opus Dei will celebrate the beatification of its former leader at a huge open air mass in Madrid in a show of strength which comes as the conservative Catholic lay group is losing members and influence.

Vatican security doubled over terror threat

2014-09-19 19:01

The security detail around St Peter's Square has been "doubled" after recent reports that Pope Francis might be a target for the Islamic State jihadist group.

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

2014-07-16 09:22

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Vatican vows transparency

2014-07-10 09:45

The Vatican says it will separate its bank's investment business from its church payments work to try to clean up after years of scandal.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 13:32

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution ordered by Pope Francis.

Vatican bank clean-up impacts profits

2014-07-08 12:00

The Vatican Bank has blocked the accounts of over 2 000 clients and ended 3 000 "customer relationships" as part of a clean-up that nearly wiped out its profit.

Pope gives exorcists his blessing

2014-07-03 21:01

The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.

Abbas, Peres plant olive tree

2014-06-06 22:30

The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens.

Israelis, Palestinians accept pope's invite

2014-05-25 14:52

Pope Francis has received an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

Pope: Mideast trip will be purely religious

2014-05-21 21:02

Pope Francis has said his trip to the Middle East will be entirely devotional, aimed at praying for peace and improving relations with other branches of Christianity.

Reports at Vatican Bank increase

2014-05-19 19:15

Reports of suspicious financial transactions at the Vatican have increased from six to 202, a financial authority says.

Israel denies Vatican sovereignty deal

2014-05-14 20:54

Israel said it has no intention of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II become saints

2014-04-27 12:00

Pope Francis has proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope leads Catholics into Easter

2014-04-20 10:32

Pope Francis has led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

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 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.

Catholic bishops open toward gays

2014-10-14 10:01

Catholic bishops have made a 'seismic' opening toward gays, saying they offer gifts to the church.

Pope, prelates get course in joys of sex

2014-10-07 20:42

Pope and prelates have had a crash course in the joys of sex from people who know: a married Catholic couple.

Guardian angels exist, pope says

2014-10-02 19:38

Pope Francis says guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.

Hostility to migrants is unchristian - Pope

2014-09-23 17:28

People who resent or act aggressively towards migrants defy the teachings of the Bible, Pope Francis says.

Vatican approves of Iraq strikes, a rare exception

2014-08-13 11:37

Fearing a genocide of Christians, the Vatican has given its approval to US military air strikes in Iraq - a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

2014-07-18 12:49

Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using an amateur Smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend.

Pope urges - suffer the little children

2014-07-14 20:58

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America to the United States.

New chief for scandal-hit Vatican Bank

2014-07-09 15:30

The Vatican has named a French businessman to head up its scandal-plagued bank as part of a radical overhaul of the Holy See's economic framework.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 11:45

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution.

Pope to hold first meeting with sex abuse victims

2014-07-07 07:40

Pope Francis is conducting his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago.

Vatican to protect Michelangelo frescoes

2014-06-11 22:17

Dust, sweat and carbon dioxide brought into the Sistine Chapel by a swelling number of tourists risk damaging priceless Michelangelo frescoes, the Vatican says.

Pope to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

2014-05-27 09:43

Pope Francis has announced that he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

Vatican says UN report will clear it of torture

2014-05-23 14:47

The Vatican says a report from the UN would heavily criticise its handling of abuse cases but would not find it in violation of an anti-torture convention.

Pope prepares for ME high-wire act

2014-05-20 20:39

Pope Francis will be treading on sensitive ground on a trip to the Middle East this week that is intended to promote inter-faith dialogue but has already sparked protests.

Priest lovers ask Pope to end celibacy rule

2014-05-18 14:33

A group of secret lovers of Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to end the Church's rule on celibacy for the clergy, an Italian newspaper has reported. The women also requested a papal audience in the letter.

The Vatican gets digital

2014-05-11 09:15

The Vatican is in line for a major digital initiative, says Arthur Goldstuck.

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

2014-04-20 12:32

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

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.

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