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Vatican approves of Iraq strikes, a rare exception

2014-08-13 11:37

Fearing a genocide of Christians, the Vatican has given its approval to US military air strikes in Iraq - a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

2014-07-18 12:49

Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using an amateur Smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend.

Pope urges - suffer the little children

2014-07-14 20:58

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America to the United States.

New chief for scandal-hit Vatican Bank

2014-07-09 15:30

The Vatican has named a French businessman to head up its scandal-plagued bank as part of a radical overhaul of the Holy See's economic framework.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 11:45

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution.

Pope to hold first meeting with sex abuse victims

2014-07-07 07:40

Pope Francis is conducting his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago.

Vatican to protect Michelangelo frescoes

2014-06-11 22:17

Dust, sweat and carbon dioxide brought into the Sistine Chapel by a swelling number of tourists risk damaging priceless Michelangelo frescoes, the Vatican says.

Pope to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

2014-05-27 09:43

Pope Francis has announced that he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

Vatican says UN report will clear it of torture

2014-05-23 14:47

The Vatican says a report from the UN would heavily criticise its handling of abuse cases but would not find it in violation of an anti-torture convention.

Pope prepares for ME high-wire act

2014-05-20 20:39

Pope Francis will be treading on sensitive ground on a trip to the Middle East this week that is intended to promote inter-faith dialogue but has already sparked protests.

Priest lovers ask Pope to end celibacy rule

2014-05-18 14:33

A group of secret lovers of Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to end the Church's rule on celibacy for the clergy, an Italian newspaper has reported. The women also requested a papal audience in the letter.

The Vatican gets digital

2014-05-11 09:15

The Vatican is in line for a major digital initiative, says Arthur Goldstuck.

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

2014-04-20 12:32

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

Pope hops off popemobile for 'selfies'

2014-04-13 18:00

Not only speaking off the cuff during Palm Sunday at St Peters Square, Pope Francis has also hopped off his popemobile for "selfies" with young people.

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative

2014-04-07 11:54

Pope Francis has decided that the troubled Vatican bank will remain operative and has approved recommendations for its future, the Vatican says.

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

2014-03-27 11:20

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell has apologised to a child sexual abuse victim, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong.

Pope first anniversary tweet from retreat

2014-03-13 21:04

Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church with a tweet from his retreat.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

Divorce debate challenges Pope Francis

2014-02-28 10:21

The issue of divorce is stoking a spirited debate between Catholic cardinals and revealing the challenges for Pope Francis after his promises to align the Church with modern life.

Pope wants new finance department

2014-02-24 15:01

Pope Francis has ordered a new Vatican department to be created to supervise all the tiny city state's economic and administrative affairs.

Vatican hits back at UN for abuse report

2014-02-08 05:45

The Vatican has hit back at UN committee for an abuse report, and says the UN is discredited by prejudiced claims.

Vatican 'regrets' damning UN report on abuse

2014-02-05 20:32

The Vatican says it regrets what it calls the attempt by a UN committee to interfere with its teaching on abortion and contraception in a damning report on the priestly sex abuse scandal.

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-05 09:03

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce.

You've got mail, Pope Francis, lots of it

2014-01-31 15:21

Pope Francis receives so many letters a year, from people who mostly request comfort and prayer, the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

Hollande to meet pope, hopes to woo Catholics

2014-01-24 11:35

Abortion and euthanasia will be the issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande, hoping to woo back Catholic voters.


Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

2014-07-16 09:22

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Vatican vows transparency

2014-07-10 09:45

The Vatican says it will separate its bank's investment business from its church payments work to try to clean up after years of scandal.

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 13:32

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution ordered by Pope Francis.

Vatican bank clean-up impacts profits

2014-07-08 12:00

The Vatican Bank has blocked the accounts of over 2 000 clients and ended 3 000 "customer relationships" as part of a clean-up that nearly wiped out its profit.

Pope gives exorcists his blessing

2014-07-03 21:01

The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.

Abbas, Peres plant olive tree

2014-06-06 22:30

The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens.

Israelis, Palestinians accept pope's invite

2014-05-25 14:52

Pope Francis has received an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

Pope: Mideast trip will be purely religious

2014-05-21 21:02

Pope Francis has said his trip to the Middle East will be entirely devotional, aimed at praying for peace and improving relations with other branches of Christianity.

Reports at Vatican Bank increase

2014-05-19 19:15

Reports of suspicious financial transactions at the Vatican have increased from six to 202, a financial authority says.

Israel denies Vatican sovereignty deal

2014-05-14 20:54

Israel said it has no intention of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II become saints

2014-04-27 12:00

Pope Francis has proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope leads Catholics into Easter

2014-04-20 10:32

Pope Francis has led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

2014-04-11 14:57

Pope Francis has personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

Pope accepts resignation of 'bling bishop'

2014-03-26 14:27

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican says.

Pope Francis: the man who won the world in 5min

2014-03-10 11:40

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis, a year since his election.

Pope defends Church’s actions against sex abuse

2014-03-05 13:06

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

Benedict: One year on a changed church

2014-02-10 20:54

It is a year since then pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, and 2014 sees a changed church.

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

2014-02-06 13:03

Pope Francis came under new pressure to punish bishops who covered up for paedophile priests when a UN human rights panel accused the Vatican of protecting its reputation.

UN demands Vatican act on child sex abuse

2014-02-05 17:03

The UN has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented report.

Queen Elizabeth II to meet pope at Vatican

2014-02-04 14:04

Queen Elizabeth II will meet Pope Francis for the first time when she visits Rome in April as a guest of the Italian president, Buckingham Palace says.

Appeals to pope over dove attack

2014-01-28 09:33

Animal rights groups have appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from the Vatican, a day after a pair of the peace symbols were attacked by a seagull and crow.

Pope says internet 'gift from God'

2014-01-23 20:41

Pope Francis has described the Internet as "a gift from God" and called on Catholics to "boldly become citizens of the digital world".

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