Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
Teenager Emanuela Orlandi went missing in Italy 36-years ago, but her big brother Pietro has never stopped looking for her.
Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals.
Pope Francis, championing the cause of the poor, has decried what he says is a "wealthy few" feasting on that "in justice, belongs to all".
Worshippers at masses in Hong Kong and Taiwan were largely upbeat on Sunday about a new deal between China and the Vatican, despite fears Beijing is trying to increase control over the Church.
Pope Francis has told newly ordained bishops they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that fueled a sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.
Pope Francis is urging all to combat human trafficking, noting that the "shameful crime" is often linked to migrant smuggling.
"I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace," the pontiff wrote on his Twitter account.
The Vatican's sex abuse investigator has begun a series of meetings in Chile with abuse victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest
The Vatican has urged Venezuela not to go ahead with installing a powerful new assembly sought by President Nicolas Maduro, but challenged by his opponents.
Pope Francis has denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July.
A prominent US archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor.
The Vatican and bishops from Europe and beyond have developed proposed guidelines for the sale or reuse of Catholic Churches to help ensure that they retain their cultural heritage and serve the good of the community, not commerce.
A bid by Belgium bishops to allow young married men to take the cloth has fallen flat at a Vatican meet – though Pope Francis is considering testing out the idea in the Amazon.
A top Vatican official says the clerical sex abuse scandal is such a game-changing catastrophe for the Catholic Church that he called it the church's "own 9/11".
Pope Francis says leftover grub should serve as food for thought instead of getting thrown out.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago.
Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell faces a crunch hearing starting in Australia Monday to determine if he stands trial on historical sexual offence charges.
Pope Francis has strongly defended refugees at his Christmas Eve mass, urging the world not to ignore the plight of people who are "driven from their land" because of leaders willing to shed "innocent blood".
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would "not help the peace process."
A Vatican drama of sex, lies and press freedom comes to a head with a verdict in the trial of two journalists and sources accused of leaking details about financial mismanagement within the Holy See.
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