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Pope pleads for peace in Ukraine, Syria

- Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria in an Easter Sunday address before 150,000 faithful in which he also condemned the "neglect and dire poverty" behind the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.
In the Media by AFP

Pope makes call to spread faith at Easter vigil

- Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Pope kicks off Easter week with Palm Sunday mass

- Pope Francis kicked off weeklong observances leading up to Easter by celebrating Palm Sunday mass with some 100,000 pilgrims in a sun-drenched St Peter's Square on Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Pope Francis apologizes for priests who sexually abused children

Aware the Catholic Church has been heavily criticized for not responding adequately to the issue of child sex abuse by priests, Pope Francis made a strongly worded apology on Friday. He did so while meeting with child-rights groups.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

- Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests -- the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year."I feel compelled...
In the Media by AFP

Francis looks to heal Church with two pope saints

- Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters.
In the Media by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP)

Pope urges 'sexual responsibility' against AIDS

- Pope Francis called on Monday for fidelity and chastity to be used to fight the AIDS virus in Africa, in an address to visiting Tanzanian bishops that -- in line with Catholic doctrine -- did not mention the use of condoms.
In the Media by AFP

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen Elizabeth II visits pope

- Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
In the Media by Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP)

Papal voices: Vatican Radio puts archive online

- The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday.
In the Media by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP)

Vatican turns to social media for double pope sainthood ceremony

- The Vatican is turning to social media to reach out to the millions of pilgrims expected to attend the first double canonisation of popes in the history of the Catholic Church.
In the Media by AFP

Papal voices: Vatican Radio puts archive online

- The voices of popes from as long ago as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitising of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio's pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday.
In the Media by Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP)

Vatican super-charges social media for sainting of John Paul II

- The Vatican is turning to social media to reach out to the millions of pilgrims expected to attend the canonisation of John Paul II, the Polish pope who attained rock star status by the time he died in 2005.
In the Media by AFP

Italian man ends protest on dome of St Peter's Basilica

- An Italian businessman ended a three-day protest on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, calling on Pope Francis to help victims of Italy's economic crisis.
In the Media by AFP

Vatican turns to social media for double Pope sainthood ceremony

- The Vatican is turning to social media to reach out to the millions of pilgrims expected to attend the first double canonisation in the history of the Catholic Church.
In the Media by AFP

Obama to meet 'inspiration' Pope to discuss inequality

- Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.The talks between the first Latin American pope and the first African-American...
In the Media by Tangi QUEMENER, Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE (AFP)

Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost

- Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.The talks between the first Latin-American pope and first African-American US ...
In the Media by Tangi Quemener, Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP)

Pope accepts resignation of German 'bling bishop'

- Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Winds of change: Italians losing centuries-old grip on Vatican

Rome - A quiet revolution is afoot in the Vatican.With many of Pope Francis's new appointments, control over the powerful city state is slipping, slowly but surely, from the centuries-old grip of the Italian hierarchy.
In the Media by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP) - 1 comment

Vatican names former victim on child abuse commission

- A former victim of sexual abuse by priests will sit on a new commission created to root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Saturday.Pope Francis in a statement revealed the first eight names of officials who will sit on the com...
In the Media by AFP

Japanese company to digitise rare Vatican library manuscripts

- Ancient manuscripts in the Vatican library penned from East Asia to the Pre-Colombian Americas will be digitized by a Japanese company as part of a global project to make the collection available for free viewing by the public.Japan's NTT DATA will dig...
In the Media by AFP
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