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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.

Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

2016-10-25 15:49

The Vatican has published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home, but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place.

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.

 

'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.

Vatican, Argentine church to open 'dirty war' archives

2016-10-25 21:18

The Vatican and Argentina's Catholic Church say they have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's brutal "dirty war" and will make them available to victims who have long accused the church of complicity with the military dictatorship.

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.

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