Pope names 35 new saints

2017-10-16 05:48

Pope Francis has declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America.

Turmoil in Venezuela to vie for Pope's attention in Colombia

2017-09-01 08:20

The plight of people in Venezuela is likely to vie for some of Pope Francis' attention when he visits neighboring Colombia.

Pope on sex abuse: Zero tolerance means just that

2017-01-02 21:30

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's much-vaunted "zero tolerance" approach to abuse..

Catholic bishops ask Trump for humane immigration policies

2016-11-14 21:20

US Catholic bishops have opened their annual meeting with a plea for humane immigration policies from President-elect Donald Trump.

Broad church is split on prostitution

2016-09-18 06:10

Those of us familiar with our church history know that a broad church invariably splits because holding together too many factions becomes an impossible dream.

Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

'Sex pest' ex-priest gets 20 years in prison

2016-04-30 09:59

Victims have confronted a former Roman Catholic priest in court as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school.

Pope tells priests: don't be smug

2016-02-10 06:28

A specially recruited group of priests got instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic church to sinners.

Catholic Church in DRC defers march

2016-01-13 17:01

The powerful Roman Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo has cancelled memorial marches in February on the Vatican's recommendation.

Pope calls on Christians, Muslims to unite

2015-11-30 18:33

Pope Francis calls on Christians and Muslims to unite against violence exercised in the name of religion.


Vatican axes chief auditor for spying

2017-09-25 09:05

The Vatican says it has been forced to oust its former auditor general because he had been spying on senior officials.

Pope's economic man taints Vatican

2017-06-29 21:29

Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican

2016-12-22 21:06

Pope Francis is denouncing the resistance he's encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo "permanent purification".

Pope: Teaching gender theory is indoctrination

2016-10-03 21:38

Pope Francis says that teaching children gender theory in schools was an "insidious indoctrination", even as he insisted he had always treated homosexuals and transgender persons with respect.

Catholic bishops condemn election violence

2016-06-27 19:44

Young people should not let politicians use them in the build-up to the elections, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Justice and Peace Commission says.

Pope Francis meets archbishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

2016-05-20 14:32

Pope Francis has met with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France.

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.

Pope tells nuns - 'bite your tongue'

2016-02-02 08:48

Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line.

Trudeau to ask pope to apologise to Canada natives

2015-12-17 13:44

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will ask Pope Francis to formally apologise for more than a century of abuses at church-run boarding schools set up to assimilate Canada's indigenous peoples.

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature

2015-11-25 21:00

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature in order to fight divisions and poverty, which he described as breeding grounds for terrorism.

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