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Former bishop blames popes for not addressing child sex abuse

2015-08-24 15:20

A retired Catholic bishop has told an inquiry into child sex abuse the Vatican and church leaders had failed to show leadership in dealing with abuse by the clergy, a report says.

Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

2015-07-31 10:31

The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis's telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is sceptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock.

India mayor says climate change opening dungeon of slavery

2015-07-21 16:01

The mayor of Kochi, India, knows well the intertwined scourges of climate change and human slavery and is warning against complacency.

Pope Francis passes 22 million Twitter followers

2015-07-15 22:30

Pope Francis surpassed 22 million Twitter followers on his multiple accounts, joining the ranks of tech-savvy entertainers and world leaders who command tens of millions of eyeballs on social media.

Pope asks pardon for church's 'offenses' against indigenous

2015-07-10 14:25

Pope Francis has apologised for the sins and 'offenses' committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas

Pope Francis: Sometimes marriage break-ups are inevitable

2015-06-24 14:00

Pope Francis, the leader of a Catholic Church that has always preached the indissolubility of marriage has acknowledged that sometimes it is impossible for spouses to stay together.

UN chief welcomes pope's climate message

2015-06-18 22:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a warning by Pope Francis on climate change and called on governments to put the global common good above national interests.

Pope criticises nations that close doors to migrants

2015-06-17 14:30

Pope Francis has called for respect for migrants and suggested that 'people and institutions' who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.

Pope tells Putin: Sincere peace efforts needed for Ukraine

2015-06-11 08:45

Pope Francis has encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in 'sincere' international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican.

Pope prays for victims of China ship disaster

2015-06-03 14:05

Pope Francis has offered prayers to the victims of a major cruise ship disaster on China's Yangtze River.


Pope Francis wants to keep sinners in the fold

2015-08-05 16:36

Pope Francis says divorced Catholics who remarry deserve better treatment from the church, as do their children.

Big Easy resources both blessing and curse

2015-07-21 21:04

New Orleans' mayor says the Big Easy's natural resources are both a blessing and a curse.

Eco-friendly pope encourages cities

2015-07-20 16:48

The eco-friendly pope is rallying like-minded green mayors from around the world at the Vatican.

Ex-prelate hospitalised ahead of sex trial

2015-07-11 11:04

A former papal diplomat charged with the sexual abuse of boys has been hospitalised and put in intensive care ahead of the opening of his trial, Vatican officials say.

Vatican signs treaty with Palestine

2015-06-26 16:49

The Vatican has signed its first treaty with the 'State of Palestine calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

2015-06-19 12:43

Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.

Pope pleas to world to stop climate change destruction

2015-06-18 14:52

Pope Francis has issued a global plea for action to prevent "extraordinary" climate change from destroying the planet and said wealthy countries must bear primary responsibility for creating the problem and for solving it.

Pope accepts resignations of US bishops over sex abuse cover-up

2015-06-15 15:16

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two US bishops accused of failing to respond appropriately to allegations of sex abuse against a priest in the diocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Pope creates paedophile tribunal

2015-06-10 16:07

Pope Francis has created a tribunal to hear cases of bishops who fail to protect kids from paedophile priests.

Regulator says Vatican bank needs more reform

2015-05-29 20:00

The Vatican bank has made good progress in transparency but needs more changes to consolidate anti-laundering reforms, says a regulator.

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