Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

2020-04-05 15:02

Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter's Square crowds.

Italian clergyman in pope's residence has virus: reports

2020-03-26 12:18

An Italian employee of the Holy See who lives in the same residence as Pope Francis has been reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 and been hospitalised.

Vatican closed to tourists, but still 'open to worshippers', amid coronavirus

2020-03-11 10:36

The Vatican says it is closing Saint Peter's Square and its main basilica to tourists - but worshippers are still allowed in, Vatican sources say.

WATCH: In first livestream message Pope voices support for coronavirus victims

2020-03-08 16:30

Pope Francis expressed solidarity with the victims of the novel coronavirus in his first livestreamed prayer and message from the Vatican.

Pope 'tests negative for coronavirus' - report

2020-03-03 17:30

Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe's worst outbreak.

Pope has 'mild ailment', skips mass: Vatican

2020-02-27 18:32

Pope Francis has cancelled a scheduled appearance at mass in Rome because of "a mild ailment", the Vatican says, a day after he appeared to be suffering a cold.

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 reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

2020-03-26 17:07

Pope Francis is reported to have tested negative for the novel coronavirus after a person in his residence was said to have contacted Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Some Rome churches reopen after angry pope steps in

2020-03-13 22:45

Some of Rome's Catholic churches have reopened after Pope Francis voiced displeasure with the Italian authorities' push to shut them because of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Caged' pope receives guests - from afar

2020-03-09 21:02

Pope Francis, who complained of feeling "caged" while addressing the faithful by livestream because of the new coronavirus, received 30 French bishops - at a healthy distance.

Coronavirus: Vatican reports first case

2020-03-06 22:05

The Vatican has reported its first coronavirus case and closed some offices to protect hundreds of the micro-state's priests and residents from the virus raging in surrounding Italy.

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to 'cold'

2020-03-01 20:15

Pope Francis said Sunday he was cancelling a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a "cold".

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.

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