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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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