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Vatican paedophilia suspect died of heart problems: Autopsy

Vatican City - Initial autopsy results indicate that a former Polish archbishop who would have been the first high-ranking Catholic Church official to go on trial for paedophilia died of natural causes linked to heart problems, the Vatican said Saturday.

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

Vatican City - Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial: Vatican

Vatican City - 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.

Vatican plays down pope Falklands photo

Vatican City - The Vatican on Thursday played down the significance of Pope Francis agreeing to pose for a picture with a placard calling for Britain-Argentina talks over the disputed Falkland Islands.

Vatican plays down pope Falklands photo

Vatican City - The Vatican on Thursday played down the significance of Pope Francis agreeing to pose for a picture with a placard calling for Britain-Argentina talks over the disputed Falkland Islands.

Pope not planning meet with Colombia rebels: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is not planning to meet with Colombia's FARC rebels when he visits Cuba in September, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Pope urged to condemn gay unions as unnatural

Vatican City - Nearly half a million Catholics have signed a petition urging Pope Francis to condemn same sex unions as unnatural and rule out allowing divorced believers who remarry to receive communion, organisers claim.

Pope says never again, recalling 'horrific' WWII atomic bombings

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still evoked "horror and revulsion" 70 years on and called for a ban on nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Pope slams 'atrocious, inhuman' persecution of Christians

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday slammed the "atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable" persecution of Christians and minorities, urging the international community not to remain silent.

Remarried divorcees 'not excommunicated', pope tells Church

Vatican City - Divorced people who have remarried "are still part of the Church" and should not be treated as if they have been excommunicated or cast out, Pope Francis said on Wednesday."These people are not excommunicated -- they are not excommunicated!

Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year's World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter's Square.

World mayors sign pact to fight climate change

Vatican City - 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.

Big city mayors tackle slavery, climate change at Vatican

Vatican City - Harrowing accounts of girls forced into prostitution and modern slavery opened a two-day conference at the Vatican Tuesday, at which mayors from around the world testified to their efforts to fight forced labour and global warming.

Ex-archbishop hospitalised ahead of Vatican paedophilia trial

Vatican City - A former Polish archbishop became ill and was placed in intensive care ahead of the opening of his unprecedented trial on paedophilia charges at the Vatican, officials said Saturday.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

Vatican City - The first ever trial of a former papal official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Vatican in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Vatican City - Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America's 'peripheral' countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

Pope backs Greeks in euro crisis, says human dignity vital

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday voiced his support for the Greek people and called for human dignity to be placed at the centre of talks on the country's future in the eurozone.

Coca leaves on the menu for Pope's visit to Bolivia

Vatican City - Pope Francis has not confirmed whether he will chew coca leaves on his trip to Bolivia but may well do so given his respect for local customs, his spokesman said Tuesday.

St Therese of Lisieux's parents to be canonised in October

Vatican City - The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux will be canonised on October 18 along with an Italian priest and a Spanish nun, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Vatican signs historic accord with Palestine

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday signed a historic first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state.
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