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Pope canonises Argentina's 'gaucho priest'

2016-10-16 16:40

Pope Francis has canonised Argentina's "gaucho priest", the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung Argentine peripheries to minister to the poor.

Pope names 17 new cardinals

2016-10-09 14:21

Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals - 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor

Pope speeds path to sainthood for slain French priest

2016-10-03 07:23

Pope Francis has agreed to speed up the path to sainthood for French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, murdered by two teenaged jihadists in July, Vatican sources say.

Pope meets DRC's Kabila, but Vatican displeasure evident

2016-09-26 21:00

Pope Francis has met with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, with the Vatican insisting that his government use respectful dialogue to end violent clashes with opposition forces over delayed elections

Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint

2016-09-04 11:16

Mother Teresa, the nun whose work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata made her a global icon of Christian charity, has been made a saint.

Second chance for sinners as pope fetes 'Assisi pardon'

2016-08-04 18:28

Pope Francis has travelled to the Italian town of Assisi for a private visit to mark the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi", under which the slates of sinners can be wiped clean.

Pope 'doubts' sex abuse case against Australian cardinal

2016-08-01 13:24

Pope Francis has said there were 'doubts' over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.

World at war, but not a religious war - pope

2016-07-27 17:42

Pope Francis says the world is at war, but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France.

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.


Pope begs for immediate ceasefire in Syria

2016-10-12 15:55

Pope Francis appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, calling for "at least" a truce enabling civilians, especially children, to be evacuated, after Aleppo came under fierce air assault.

Selfies and prayers as Pope visits Italy quake zone

2016-10-04 19:44

Pope Francis has paid a surprise visit to the Italian mountain communities devastated by an August earthquake, mixing poignant silent prayers amid the ruins with cheerful selfies alongside survivors.

Aleppo bombers will have to 'answer before God' - pope

2016-09-28 17:54

Pope Francis has said those behind the bombing of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian forces have conducted days of deadly airstrikes, will have to "answer before God".

Ex-pope reflects on his papacy

2016-09-08 20:28

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasn't his strong suit, but says he doesn't see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in breaking up the Vatican's so-called "gay lobby".

Top Christian leaders to travel to Assisi for peace prayer

2016-09-01 20:50

The world's top Christian leaders are to come together later this month to pray for peace alongside Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist representatives.

Pope opens door to female deacons

2016-08-02 15:59

Pope Francis has appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.

Pope's aide investigated over child abuse claims in Australia

2016-07-28 11:24

Australian police have said they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but have not yet decided whether to press charges.

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.

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