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Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes" in his handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile as he looks to quell the latest controversy to rock the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis admits 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation" in Chile after reading the findings of an investigation into sexual abuse committed by the clergy in the country.

Pope hits out at critics of his pro-migrant policy

Vatican City - Pope Francis issued a warning to Catholics who criticise his calls to welcome migrants with open arms, in a much-awaited text published Monday.

Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria after a suspected attack in an opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta killed dozens of people.

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat in child sex abuse probe

Vatican City - The Vatican said on Saturday a monsignor who was a former advisor at its US embassy in Washington has been arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse.

Pope urges end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to "carnage" in Syria and "reconciliation" in the Middle East in his traditional Easter message.

Pope celebrates Easter under sunny sky, tight security

Vatican City - Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass under tight security and a sunny sky on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in a flower-bedecked St Peter's Square.

China-Vatican deal on bishops not 'imminent': Vatican

Vatican City - A historic deal between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops is not "imminent," a Vatican spokesman said Thursday, contradicting a Beijing-approved bishop.

Pope urges young people not to remain silent

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged young people not to allow themselves to be silenced and to stand up for what they believe in, a day after more than a million people in the United States took part in student-led protests demanding tighter gun control.

Vatican communications chief quits over 'lettergate' row

Vatican City - The Vatican's communications chief resigned Wednesday amid a controversy over the alleged manipulation of a letter written by retired pope Benedict XVI about his successor Pope Francis.

Pope Francis says to visit Ireland in August

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Wednesday he will visit Ireland in August, the first trip to the country by a pontiff since John Paul II went there in 1979.

Pope Francis in 10 quotes

Vatican City - Ten quotes that defined Pope Francis's papacy:- Humility - "Pray for me" -- pronounced at the end of every speech, because, he once explained, "I am a sinner too." His first tweet and first post on Instagram were versions of the mantra.

Five years on, Pope Francis under fire over sex abuse scandals

Vatican City - As Pope Francis marks the fifth year of his papacy next week, the pontiff once hailed as a fearless reformer is under fire for his handling of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church.

Reformist pope, murdered archbishop to be made saints

Vatican City - Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Overworked nuns rebel against clergymen in Vatican mag

Vatican City - Three nuns lashed out on Friday against the menial work they have to do for clergymen, often for no money, in a rare public criticism of the Catholic Church's male hierarchy.

Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria to allow aid deliveries, especially in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta which has been hit by regime bombardment.

Pope revives sexual abuse panel

Vatican City - The Vatican said Saturday it has renewed its anti-paedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests.

Pope often meets 'devastated' sex abuse victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis holds regular private meetings with the victims of sex abuse by paedophile priests, the Vatican said Thursday, as the Catholic Church grapples with a scandal the pontiff has described as a "great humiliation"."It's horrible.

Pope condemns media denigration of migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday criticised media which "denigrates" migrants through emotive or incomplete reporting on their situation.

Pope praises Korean Olympic rapprochement

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday praised as a gesture for a "better world" plans for a joint parade Friday by delegations from South and North Korea to open the Winter Olympics.
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