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Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special lunch

2017-11-19 06:26

Pope Francis is to offer several hundred poor people - homeless, migrants and unemployed - lunch when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor.

Doctors at Vatican to debate ethics of euthanasia

2017-11-18 10:10

"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 names 35 new saints

2017-10-16 05:48

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 denounces porn and corruption of kids' minds

2017-10-06 21:01

Pope Francis has denounced the proliferation of pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online.

Vatican urges online security for kids amid porn scandal

2017-10-04 10:56

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.

Vatican axes chief auditor for spying

2017-09-25 09:05

The Vatican says it has been forced to oust its former auditor general because he had been spying on senior officials.

Pope blasts climate sceptics

2017-09-11 22:13

Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change sceptics, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

Listen to cry of the Earth - pope

2017-08-30 18:35

Pope Francis is urging world leaders to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor" and take measures to protect the environment.

Pope Francis takes on moaners

2017-07-14 21:15

Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders - the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

350 000 demand UK allow terminally ill baby to travel to US

2017-07-09 18:33

The parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy have delivered a petition of over 350 000 signatures demanding they be allowed to take him to the US for treatment.


Vatican: New probe begun into sex at youth seminary

2017-11-18 22:31

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 warns of nuclear terror threat

2017-11-11 07:05

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.

Anomolies abound in Vatican trial

2017-10-14 15:27

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.

Sex offences: Cardinal jeered at Australia court

2017-10-06 09:10

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.

Pope's sex abuse advisers also look into children of priests

2017-09-25 09:05

Pope Francis' committee of advisers on protecting children from sexually abusive priests is expanding its workload to include the needs and rights of children born to Roman Catholic priests.

Pope admits church realised sex abuse problem 'a bit late'

2017-09-22 09:14

Pope Francis has acknowledged the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realising the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving paedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.

Pope heads to Colombia to anoint peace process

2017-08-31 11:41

Pope Francis launches an emotionally charged visit next week to Colombia, to call for reconciliation as the country emerges from Latin America's longest civil war in a contested peace process.

Pope calls for 'moderation' after Jerusalem shrine violence

2017-07-24 06:13

Pope Francis has appealed for moderation after recent killings at a Jerusalem holy site.

UK court rehears Charlie Gard case in light of new evidence

2017-07-10 17:53

A British court is assessing new evidence in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard after his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment that previous rulings have prevented.

Vatican official admits past hospital problems

2017-07-04 22:30

The Vatican secretary of state has acknowledged that there have been problems at "the pope's hospital" for children in the past, but says the new administration is making a "serious effort to resolve them".

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