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Vatican announces historic deal on bishops with China

Vatican City - The Vatican on Saturday announced an historic accord with China on who appoints bishops in the Communist country, paving the way for rapprochement between the Catholic Church and the world's most populous country.

Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops from Chile, which is investigating more than 100 cases of sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican said.

Bono saw 'pain' on pope's face over abuse scandals

Vatican City - U2 frontman Bono said he could see the pain on Pope Francis's face on Wednesday when he told him "it looks to some people that the abusers are being more protected than the victims".

Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis met with US bishops and cardinals on Thursday to discuss the Vatican's response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Pope calls bishops to 'child protection' meeting in February

Vatican City - Pope Francis will host a meeting in February of senior bishops from around the globe to discuss "the protection of minors", the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced on Wednesday he intends to visit Japan in 2019, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago.

Pope to meet US Church leaders after abuse cover-up claim

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet leaders of the US Catholic Church on Thursday, the Vatican announced, after a high profile accusation that the pontiff covered up sexual abuse allegations against an American cardinal.

Fighting child abuse must be Church's priority: Vatican panel

Vatican City - A Vatican commission on child protection set up by Pope Francis said Sunday that the fight against abuse must be the priority of the Catholic Church and emphasised the importance of listening to victims.

Pope urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday urged newly-ordained bishops to fight abuse and reject what he termed the "clerical" culture which has seen a series of sex abuse scandals rock the Catholic Church."Dear brothers, turn away from clericalism.

Under-attack Pope calls for 'silence and prayer'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday said "silence and prayer" were the answer to those seeking "scandal and division", amid a barrage of attacks from ultra-conservative Catholics.

Pope warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Syrian rebel bastion

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday warned of a "human catastrophe" in the Syria's Idlib province, the last major rebel bastion which is being shelled by government forces.

Pope's rightwing rivals on the attack over abuse claims

Vatican City - Allegations that Pope Francis covered for a senior US cardinal accused of abuse have raised questions about a possible plot against the pontiff by figures within the Catholic Church's ultra-conservative hierarchy.

Vatican rolls back on pope's remarks on psychiatric help for gay children

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday rolled back on Pope Francis' recommendation that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies.

US priest speaks up for Church's gay 'parish pariahs'

Vatican City - Gay people in the Catholic Church are sometimes "treated like dirt", according to a priest invited by the Vatican to address a conference on families in Dublin on Thursday ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.

Pressure mounts on pope for tougher action on abuse scandals

Vatican City - With the Catholic Church rocked by a devastating US report into child sex abuse, Pope Francis has this week sharpened his criticism on the explosive issue -- but he remains under pressure to enact far-reaching changes.

Pope to meet abuse victims during visit to Ireland

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet victims of sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland at the weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope steps up rhetoric over US clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Vatican City - Pope Francis condemned Monday the "atrocities" revealed by a far-reaching US report into clerical child sex abuse in the state of Pennsylvania issued last week and once again pledged action to combat the scandal which continues to rock the Catholic Chu...

Pope condemns 'atrocities' of US clerical child abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis condemned Monday the "atrocities" revealed by a far-reaching US report into clerical child sex abuse in the state of Pennsylvania issued last week.

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests: Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican said on Thursday Pope Francis was on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades."Victims should know that the pope is on their side.
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