Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

2020-02-12 12:30

Pope Francis is to release a much-anticipated text about the Amazon, which is not expected to open up the priesthood to married men in the region despite an appeal from a historic Vatican meeting of bishops last year.

Pope praises fishermen who clean up polluted seas

2020-01-19 15:00

Pope Francis on Saturday praised fishermen cleaning up polluted seas by collecting the rubbish caught in their nets and bringing it back to land to dispose of it.

WATCH | Pope sorry for slapping woman twice: 'I apologise for bad behaviour'

2020-01-01 17:49

The image of a visibly annoyed Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of an admirer as he walked by Catholic faithful on New Year's Eve instantly went viral on social media.

175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church: report

2019-12-22 22:21

At least 175 children were sexually assaulted by priests belonging to an ultra-conservative Mexican branch of the Roman Catholic Church, according to an internal report published Saturday.

Pope Francis carries anti-nuclear message to Japan

2019-11-23 10:29

Pope Francis arrives in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack.

WATCH | Bespoke robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

2019-11-13 06:16

Seamstresses in Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. WATCH NOW.

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says pope's financial adviser

2019-10-23 05:40

Pope Francis's economic adviser denies reports that the Vatican was at risk of default, saying the allegations were part of a campaign to discredit the pontiff.

Million turn out for Pope Francis Madagascar mass

2019-09-08 13:41

An estimated one million people gathered at Madagascar's Soamandrakizay stadium in the capital on Sunday to hear Pope Francis say mass on the second leg of his three-nation African tour.

Mozambicans trek from far and wide to attend mass by Pope Francis

2019-09-05 16:20

Travelling nearly 2 000km by motorbike, train, car and plane over four days to see Pope Francis may seem gruelling, but for pilgrim Davide Hilario the trek was simply a reaffirmation of his Catholic faith.

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

2019-09-02 11:58

Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.


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.

'Don't bite!' quips pope as he kisses nun

2020-01-08 22:56

Pope Francis warned a nun not to bite him in a joking reference to his run-in with an overly zealous pilgrim last week which saw him slap the woman's hand.

'God continues to love - even the worst of us' - Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations

2019-12-25 07:31

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us".

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

2019-12-17 21:25

Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican says, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church.

Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass

2019-11-21 22:00

Pope Francis has led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium , urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.

Women urge Pope Francis for Catholic Church voting rights

2019-10-26 14:25

Catholic nuns taking part in a three-week Vatican assembly on the Amazon have urged Pope Francis to allow them to vote on the final document Saturday.

You have to see this bakkie! Nissan takes its NP300 and turns it into a 'Popemobile'

2019-09-30 14:51

Pope Francis paid the island of Mauritius a visit and used a Nissan NP300 as his method of transport.

Pope hails Mozambique peace deal, offers solidarity for cyclone victims

2019-09-06 22:06

Pope Francis, on the first full day of his visit to Mozambique, has heaped praise on a peace deal between government and rebels and offered solidarity to victims of two devastating cyclones.

Pope Francis arrives for Africa tour in violence-hit Mozambique

2019-09-04 12:22

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique at the start of a three-nation tour of Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse

2019-05-10 12:04

The Roman Catholic Church's approximately one million clergy must report all suspicions of sexual abuse by church leaders at any and all levels, Pope Francis has ordered.

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