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.

Murder in God's name 'satanic', pope says at mass for slain priest

2016-09-14 14:50

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.

Vatican leaks trial nears end

2016-07-05 05:37

Vatican prosecutors have asked to absolve a journalist and give a suspended sentence to another for publishing books based on confidential Vatican documents.

Christmas festivities 'a charade' with world at war - Pope

2015-11-20 07:12

Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen "war and hate", Pope Francis says.

Pope offers pardon to scandal-tainted Legion of Christ

2015-10-30 12:55

Pope Francis has granted a religious pardon to the ultra-conservative Legion of Christ movement, mired in a paedophile scandal, provided its members perform acts of penance, a report says.

Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

2015-10-04 09:31

A gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family is set to kick off against the backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality.

Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda, CAR in Nov on first Africa trip

2015-09-10 13:42

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in late November, the Vatican says.

Pope slams 'atrocious, inhuman' persecution of Christians

2015-08-06 15:13

Pope Francis has slammed the “atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable” persecution of Christians and minorities, urging the international community not to remain silent.

Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

2015-04-18 19:55

Pope Francis has joined Italy in pressing the EU to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war.

Vatican apologises to Mexico for Pope's drug remarks

2015-02-25 20:38

Pope Francis’ casual speaking style has gotten him into diplomatic trouble following his remarks about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.


Abbas opens Vatican mission

2017-01-14 22:07

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would "not help the peace process."

Press freedom 'at stake' as Vatileaks verdict expected

2016-07-07 21:21

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.

I'm weak but resolved, says Zambia's Lungu

2016-02-09 16:33

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has claimed that he is a 'weak leader' but 'very resolved', adding that he won't be re-opening the country's two top public universities that were shut last week following students riots.

Gay priest fired by Vatican describes 'special homophobia'

2015-11-05 14:18

The Polish monsignor who came out as gay and was fired by the Vatican just before a meeting of bishops about outreach to gays says a "special kind of homophobia" exists among priests.

Pope apologises for recent Rome, Vatican scandals

2015-10-14 12:02

Pope Francis has offered a rare public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.

Pope met with gay student, partner - Vatican

2015-10-03 07:29

The Vatican has distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the centre of the US gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position".

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial - Vatican

2015-08-28 22:39

Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in the city state.

World mayors sign pact to fight climate change

2015-07-22 18:06

Mayors from around the world have signed a declaration with Pope Francis stating that man-made climate change is real and humanity has a moral imperative to take action.

Pope calls Armenian slaughter '1st genocide of 20th century'

2015-04-12 14:55

Pope Francis has called the Armenian slaughter by Ottomans the "first genocide of the 20th century".

Mexico upset by Pope’s alleged 'Mexicanisation' remarks

2015-02-24 06:35

Mexico is sending a letter to the Vatican to complain about remarks attributed to Pope Francis about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.

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