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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 faces balancing act in Egypt

2017-04-27 22:19

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt, hoping to comfort its tiny Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks.

Pope prostrates himself during Good Friday service

2017-04-14 19:40

Pope Francis has prostrated himself for several minutes before the central altar in prayer, during a solemn Good Friday service in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope to wash feet of inmates at mafia turncoat prison

2017-04-06 22:53

Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison known for housing mafia turncoats in an Easter week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve.

Pope prays for all mistreated youths after Guatemala blaze

2017-03-12 22:27

Pope Francis has prayed for the 39 girls killed and others injured in the blaze that began in a Guatemalan youth shelter when mattresses were set alight in a protest by those living there.

Pope Francis wades into US oil pipeline dispute

2017-02-16 08:08

Pope Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands in reference to the North Dakota oil pipeline.

New Year revellers defy terror alerts to see in 2017

2016-12-31 21:33

Sydney kicked off New Year celebrations with a spectacular fireworks display as revellers across the globe defied global terror alerts to see in 2017 in style.

Pope's new mission... buying his own shoes

2016-12-21 17:46

Pope Francis has been the toast of social media after successfully completing his latest groundbreaking mission - popping out of the Vatican to buy himself some new footwear.

'Phantom' pilgrims fail to bring cash to Vatican

2016-11-18 21:06

The Vatican's Jubilee Year was supposed to draw 20 million Catholics to Rome, where hotels and restaurants were rubbing their hands with glee, but they failed to materialise.


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.

Pope presides over Easter Vigil amid security fears

2017-04-15 21:38

Pope Francis is presiding over a solemn Easter Vigil ceremony marked by heightened security fears following a spate of Islamic-inspired attacks.

Pope on Palm Sunday decries suffering from war

2017-04-09 16:01

Pope Francis has blessed palm fronds and olive branches in St Peter's Square at the start of Holy Week celebrations.

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

2017-03-20 18:03

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide and told Rwanda's president that he hoped his apology would help the country heal

Pope worries about sexual abuse in Gaum

2017-02-16 09:51

The Vatican has sent a Rome-based cardinal who has clashed repeatedly with Pope Francis to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate a case of sexual abuse.

Pope urges prayers for unborn children under threat

2017-02-05 20:51

Pope Francis has urged the faithful to pray for unborn children threatened by "the termination of pregnancy" in a throwaway culture marked by falling birthrates.

Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican

2016-12-22 21:06

Pope Francis is denouncing the resistance he's encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo "permanent purification".

Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

2016-11-22 09:19

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the "grave sin" of abortion, extending special permission he had granted in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.

Top Vatican cardinal questioned over sex abuse

2016-10-26 20:11

Australian police have flown to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades.

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