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.

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.

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

2018-12-18 05:35

A prominent US archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor.

Pope urges charity when churches are sold, reused

2018-11-30 05:30

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.

Vatican stalls on married Catholic priests

2018-10-26 22:44

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.

Vatican official: Sex abuse scandal is church's 'own 9/11'

2018-09-11 22:45

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: Leftovers are food for thought, not waste

2018-07-29 22:15

Pope Francis says leftover grub should serve as food for thought instead of getting thrown out.

Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal caught in abuse scandal

2018-07-28 18:57

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 Pell faces crucial hearing on abuse claims

2018-03-04 10:10

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 pleads for refugees at Christmas Eve mass

2017-12-25 07:07

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".


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.

Brother to peer into Vatican tombs in search of teen sister missing for 36 years

2019-07-11 07:01

Teenager Emanuela Orlandi went missing in Italy 36-years ago, but her big brother Pietro has never stopped looking for her.

Pope removes 2 scandal-hit cardinals from inner circle

2018-12-12 19:27

Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals.

Pope decries that 'wealthy few' feast on what belongs to all

2018-11-18 22:56

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".

Hong Kong, Taiwan Catholics upbeat over Vatican deal

2018-09-23 08:38

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 tells bishops to fight abuse

2018-09-09 07:22

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 decries human trafficking for forced labor, sex trade

2018-07-29 20:00

Pope Francis is urging all to combat human trafficking, noting that the "shameful crime" is often linked to migrant smuggling.

Pope 'deeply moved' by death of British toddler Alfie Evans

2018-04-28 18:02

"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.

Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

2018-02-21 18:04

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

Vatican urges Venezuela to put new assembly on hold

2017-08-05 06:12

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.

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