Fears about Minister Dlodlo weren't unfounded. Six months into the job, she's been accused of issuing illegal interception orders, writes Adriaan Basson.
The Vatican has called for "effective solutions" to protect the life of a Frenchman living for years in a vegetative state, hours after a court told doctors to resume his life support.
A young Argentinian boy broke free of his mother's clutches to play with Pope Francis during a Vatican audience, much to the pontiff's delight.
The Vatican has told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay a vote, set to take place at their annual meeting, on measures to halt sexual abuse by priests.
A Vatican magazine is denouncing how nuns are often treated like indentured servants by cardinals and bishops, for whom they cook and clean for next to no pay.
Lamenting "the winds of war" blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East.
Pope Francis has called to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.
The Vatican says a new investigation has been launched into allegations a future priest had sex with a fellow student at its youth seminary.
Pope Francis renews calls for global nuclear disarmament, warning that new technology had increased the risk of deadly weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.
The Vatican trial over $500 000 in donations to the pope's paediatric hospital that were diverted to renovate a cardinal's penthouse is reaching its conclusion.
Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offence charges, has been jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia.
A top Catholic cardinal has admitted that church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed or never even drawn up in a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others.
Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of "terrorism" and is warning the faithful against telling lies.
Despite promises, Vatican City has no policy in place to protect children from pedophile priests or require suspected abuse to be reported to police
The Vatican has declared seven French Trappist monks beheaded by Islamists in Algeria in 1996 as martyrs, paving the way for their beatification - the first step towards sainthood.
Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused a seminarian of sexual misconduct.
Pope Francis is to offer several hundred poor people - homeless, migrants and unemployed - lunch when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor.
"We don't carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for," says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.
Pope Francis has declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America.
Pope Francis has denounced the proliferation of pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online.
The Vatican secretary of state has urged urged law enforcement agencies, governments and social media sites to take responsibility to protect children from online sexual abuse.
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