WATCH | Paedophile priests in rehab: how the Vatican tries to 'cure' child abusers

2020-01-22 19:38

A report delves into the methods being used by the Vatican to try 'cure' child abusers in the clergy and the controversies surrounding them.

Chicago Catholic Church paid $80m to sex abuse victims: lawyers

2019-09-17 22:00

A victim of clergy abuse has urged other survivors to come forward as lawyers revealed that the Catholic Church in Chicago had paid out more than $80 million in sexual assault cases.

Pope compares child sex abuse to 'human sacrifice', vows action

2019-02-24 22:01

Pope Francis has vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to "human sacrifice".

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa: UN, Church

2018-11-18 09:12

A peacekeeper died after an attack on a UN base in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) and a priest was burnt to death, the UN and Catholic Church have said after sectarian clashes claimed nearly 40 lives.

DRC's deadly political crisis

2018-08-09 18:55

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been mired in a political crisis for years, which deepened when Joseph Kabila clung to power after his final term ended.

Faith leaders, Pygmies join forces in fight for DRC forest

2018-05-31 18:00

Religious groups and delegates of the Pygmy people indigenous to the Democratic Republic of Congo have met to push forward with a campaign to protect the Congo Basin rainforest, participants have said.

Church opposes Burundi constitutional referendum

2018-05-03 16:28

Burundi's influential Catholic bishops have said that they are opposed to fundamental constitutional changes to be voted on in a referendum this month.

DRC faces call for standstill over protest deaths

2018-03-08 21:04

The powerful Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said it supports calls for a nationwide stoppage in response to a bloody crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila.

DRC police fire bullets, tear gas on anti-Kabila rally: AFP

2018-02-25 11:59

At least two people were wounded as police fired live bullets and tear gas to break up a banned protest against DR Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kisangani, the country's third largest city, an AFP reporter has said.

DRC Catholics pray ahead of new protest march

2018-02-24 15:27

Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo has heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime.


Crunch time for married priests as Vatican assembly votes

2019-10-26 11:48

Catholic bishops gathered at a special Vatican assembly will vote Saturday on whether to recommend Pope Francis to open the priesthood to married men or create female deacons, issues that are taboo for traditionalists.

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

2019-02-26 06:24

Australian Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisors, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.

Ex-CAR militia leader 'Rambo' arrives at ICC detention centre

2018-11-18 17:06

A former Central African Republic militia leader nicknamed "Colonel Rambo" has arrived in The Hague, where he will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Pope in Ireland, listens to the wounds of the abused

2018-08-26 13:15

Pope Francis is visiting a famous shrine following a meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse and other abuses committed by Catholic officials and institutions.

US priest abuse victims reach $210m settlement

2018-06-01 12:05

A Catholic Church archdiocese in the US state of Minnesota has reached a $210m settlement with hundreds of victims of clergy abuse, resolving a years-long battle.

Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child sex abuse

2018-05-22 06:14

An Australian archbishop has been found guilty of covering up child sex abuse in the 1970s - one of the highest-ranked church officials globally to be successfully prosecuted for such offences.

DRC main opposition set to hold key rally

2018-04-24 17:54

Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition is set to hold an authorised mass rally for the first time in nearly two years to mark the 28th anniversary of multi-party politics in the country, as tensions grow over veteran President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit despite the expiry of his mandate.

One killed, four injured as DRC police fire on banned protests

2018-02-25 17:57

One person has been killed and at least four injured as police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse banned protests calling on Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to stand down.

No deal reached on DRC protest march

2018-02-24 19:02

A protest march by opponents of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila looked set to go ahead after authorities and organisers failed to agree an official route, after two similar rallies were brutally put down last month.

Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

2018-02-19 20:09

Pope Francis has backed down and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his Ahiara diocese

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