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Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

- Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

- Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

Pope Francis greets homeless at Sistine Chapel

- Dozens of homeless people were on Thursday treated to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, complete with a surprise appearance by Pope Francis himself, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable in society.

Pope under fire as disgraced anti-gay cleric quits as cardinal

- Pope Francis came under fire on Friday after accepting the de facto resignation of a British cardinal disgraced in a sex scandal without any follow-up on the allegations against him.

Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform signal

- Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Pope not expecting many anniversaries at the Vatican

- Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to only last for another two or three years.

Two years and counting: Pope's opponents play waiting game

- Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive.

Vatican offered stolen Michelangelo papers for cash

- A thief who stole two historic and hugely valuable documents written by Michelangelo offered to return them to the Vatican's archives for cash, a spokesman for the Holy See revealed on Monday.

'The elderly are not aliens': Pope

- Pope Francis urged his followers at his weekly prayer on Wednesday to show affection and respect for the elderly, saying they must not be treated as "aliens".

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: Pope

- Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders -- one French, one Italian and two Palestinians.

Pope asks cardinals to back Vatican reform

- Pope Francis on Thursday urged Catholic cardinals to back his plans to reform the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy in order to help the Church reach out to believers more effectively, including on issues such as the environment.

Vatican child protection watchdog pulls its punches

- A new Vatican child protection panel called Monday for abusers within the Church to be held accountable for their actions, but stopped short of saying how this should be achieved.

Pope rapped over spanking comments

- Pope Francis came under fire Friday after an off-the-cuff remark in which he defended the right of parents to spank their children.

Pope rallies clergy to root out cancer of child abuse

- Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholic clergy they must never try to cover up sexual abuse, as a new Church child protection panel prepares to meet for the first time.

Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo in June

- Pope Francis said Sunday he plans a June visit to Sarajevo, the city that became a bloody symbol of the Balkans wars of the 1990s.

Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed 'devil's daughter'

- Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday.

Pope sees 'shadows and dangers' amid Vatican attack fears

- Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers", but urged them not to give in to fear.

Pope rows back from 'rabbits' comments, praises large families

- Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".
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