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Pope elevates British convert Newman to sainthood

Vatican City - Pope Francis created five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil".

Catholic Church called to plug priest gap with lay women

Vatican City - Deep in the Amazonian forest, young couples looking to wed or baptise children often turn to Sister Alba, who fills in where Catholic priests cannot be found.

Married priests question raises fears of Church split

Vatican City - An idea to fill empty pulpits in remote locations by allowing married men to become priests is bitterly dividing a Vatican assembly, with critics warning the emotive issue could fracture the Catholic Church.

Pope says Amazon feathers same as Vatican hats

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday hit out at "offensive words" spoken against the Amazon's indigenous people, noting that a feather headdress is no more ridiculous than hats worn at the Vatican.

Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Vatican City - Pope Francis opened a synod on Sunday to champion the Amazon's poverty-stricken and isolated indigenous communities by condemning the destructive "interests" he blamed for the fires that devastated the region.

Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat.

Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat.

Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

Two priests should be tried in altar boys abuse case: Vatican

Vatican City - An Italian priest accused of sexually abusing altar boys in a seminary and another priest who allegedly facilitated that abuse have been referred to Italian justice, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Vatican City - Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope freed by firemen after getting stuck in Vatican lift

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be freed by firemen.

Pope urges everyone to change lifestyle to save planet

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Sunday on individuals across the world to make changes to their daily habits to stop climate change in its tracks, and to put pressure on their leaders "before it's too late".

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

Vatican City - Experts say they have found no recent bones in their examination of a ossuary as part of a search for a teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, Vatican officials said Sunday.

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

Vatican City - The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Vatican to open ossuaries under trapdoor in princesses hunt

Vatican City - The Vatican was set Saturday to open ossuaries discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two princesses and a missing teenager.

Tombs riddle could see Vatican efforts to find teen backfire: analysts

Vatican City - The Vatican's attempts to help the family of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago have merely deepened the mystery surrounding her fate, and risk backfiring, analysts say.

Graves dug in missing teen search empty: Vatican

Vatican City - The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager 36 years ago deepened Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty.

Vatican begins digging up graves in missing teen search

Vatican City - The Vatican began digging up two graves Thursday after an anonymous tip-off that they may contain the remains of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Pope tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Vatican City - Migrants are human beings who symbolise all those rejected by globalisation, Pope Francis told a special mass on Monday, saying "the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped".

Amazon synod to debate ordination of married men

Vatican City - An upcoming Vatican global synod dedicated to the Amazon is set to discuss allowing married men in remote areas to be ordained as priests, according to a preview of the meeting made public on Monday.
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