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Archives on controversial war-time Pope Pius XII set to open

Vatican City - The Vatican's archives on Pope Pius XII are poised to be unsealed, with historians hoping to uncover previously hidden details about one of the most controversial popes in history.

Pope Francis sides with traditionalists on priest celibacy

Vatican City - In quashing the idea of married priests in the Amazon, Pope Francis has appeased traditionalists while disappointing progressives who had hoped for a historic turning point in the Catholic church.

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on Wednesday to release a much-anticipated text about the Amazon, which is not expected to open up the priesthood to married men in the region despite an appeal from a historic Vatican meeting of bishops last year.

Seven years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Vatican City - Seven years after his surprise resignation, Benedict XVI -- weakened by age but still intellectually spry -- appears unable to remain in the shadow of his Argentinean successor Francis, creating the appearance of "two popes" at odds.

Pope to visit Malta in May

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make an official trip to Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, bringing the pontiff to one of the top disembarkation spots for migrants fleeing Libya.

Argentina's debts, poverty on menu as Pope welcomes leader

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday received Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez to the Vatican with his compatriot keen to address poverty and Buenos Aires' debts during private talks.

Ex-pope's shadow Vatican role in the spotlight

Vatican City - Ex-pope Benedict XVI seems to have broken his silence recently over key Catholic issues and his comments have raised serious questions within the Church about the extent to which there are, in fact, two "men in white" at the VaticanIn 2013, Benedict be...

Ex-pope Benedict seeks to end storm over controversial book

Vatican City - Retired former pope Benedict XVI sought to calm a dispute within the Vatican on Tuesday, claiming his name was erroneously attributed as co-author to a new book with a conservative cardinal.

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate change

Vatican City - Pope Francis accused world leaders on Thursday of failing to listen to the concerns of youngsters pushing for global action against climate change.

Pope's bodyguards criticised over slapping incident

Vatican City - Pope Francis's attempt to wrest himself from the grasp of an ardent follower this week have left some asking -- where was the pontiff's security detail?

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing "every form of violence against women.

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year's Eve.

Pope prays for peace in global flashpoints

Vatican City - Pope Francis appealed for peace in many of the world's hotspots, singling out the crises in the Middle East, Venezuela and Lebanon as well as armed conflicts ravaging many African countries.

Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Vatican City - Pope Francis ushered in Christmas on Wednesday for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics with a message of unconditional love, saying "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us".

The Pope and UN chief call for religious and environmental tolerance

Vatican City - Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday jointly appealed for religious tolerance and environmental protection.After a meeting at the Vatican, the pair released a video message.

Empty Libyan migrant camps, pope urges

Vatican City - The pope called for migrant detention centres in Libya to be cleared on Thursday, saying it was a "sin" to remain indifferent to the abuses suffered by refugees.

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Vatican City - Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church.

Pope meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Vatican City - Pope Francis held a private audience with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Saturday, despite a plea to cancel the meeting over a scandal-hit investigation into the murder of a journalist.

Vatican: top anti-money laundering official leaves post

Vatican City - The Vatican's top financial investigator charged with investigating money laundering and other such crimes has left his post after the non-renewal of his contract, the Holy See said on Monday.

Pope to Hiroshima on mission against 'immoral' nuclear weapons

Vatican City - Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world's only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on "immoral" nuclear weapons.
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