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Vatican goes global with new spokesperson team

2016-07-12 05:38

Pope Francis has named a former Fox TV correspondent, Greg Burke, as his spokesperson and tapped a Spanish woman to be the deputy, the first time a woman has held the post.

Pope proclaims 2 new saints

2016-06-05 14:45

Pope Francis has proclaimed two new saints: a Lutheran convert and the Polish founder of the first men's order dedicated to the immaculate conception

Pope takes 'part-time' priests to task

2016-05-30 05:14

Clergymen should make themselves available to their flocks day and night instead of keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close, Pope Francis says.

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


Breakaway Catholic group lays into pope

2016-06-29 21:18

A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group has accused Pope Francis of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining conservative criticism over Francis' perceived loose doctrine and emphasis on mercy over morals.

Vatican summit pledges aid to fight trafficking

2016-06-03 22:45

Judges and prosecutors from around the world are pledging to crack down on human trafficking and help victims of modern-day slavery.

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.

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