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Germany's Catholic Church calls for 'reduction' in refugees

Frankfurt - The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.

Catholic Church calls on Philippine crowd to spread gospel

Cebu - The special envoy of Pope Francis told a gathering of hundreds of thousands in the Philippines on Sunday that they had a special role to play in spreading the gospel, even to developed nations.

Pope says he's 'a sinner in need of God's mercy'

Vatican City - Pope Francis describes himself as "a sinner" in need of God's mercy, in an upcoming book where he also urges the Catholic Church to focus on its mission as a grassroots, hands-on organisation.

Two dead, hundreds hurt in Philippines religious festival

Manila - Two people died and hundreds were injured during a huge religious festival in the Philippines, where barefoot crowds hurled themselves at a statue of Jesus believed to have healing powers, authorities said Sunday.

Philippine Catholics join huge parade, pray for miracles

Manila - Barefoot men and women praying for miracles hurled themselves above mammoth crowds in the Philippines Saturday to touch a religious icon in a frenzied Catholic parade that rescue workers said left one person dead.

Catholic Church must compensate abuse victims: Colombia court

Estanzuela - Colombia's Supreme Court has ruled that the Catholic Church must compensate two victims of a priest convicted of sexual abuse of minors.

South African teacher killed for resisting witchcraft is beatified

Thohoyandou - South African school teacher Benedict Daswa, who was bludgeoned to death for resisting witchcraft, was beatified on Sunday, becoming the first person from the southern African region to undergo the key step toward sainthood.

Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year's World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope Francis U.S. approval ratings on the decline: Poll

Washington - Pope Francis will travel to the United States in several weeks, but a new poll suggested that his popularity in the country is waning, especially among conservative Catholics.

Communist millions for China's official Christians

Tianjin - Chinese priest Lin Xiuqiang is pleased with his new Catholic church, its tall tower topped with a cross -- and grateful to the Communist officials who paid $19 million to build it.

Vatican finance chief summoned to Australia child abuse inquiry

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell was Monday called to give evidence at an inquiry into sex abuse as one of Pope Francis' commissioners for the protection of children accused him of being "almost sociopathic".

Pope's finance chief ready to appear at Australia child abuse inquiry

Sydney - Pope Francis' finance chief Wednesday said he was ready to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the nation's most notorious paedophile priest insisted the pair had little to do with each other.

Kenyan Catholics celebrate beatification of Italian nun

Nyeri - Tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in the Kenyan town of Nyeri on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood.

Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

Sydney - Australia's former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis' finance chief, on Thursday denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse.

Australia child sex abuse inquiry told cardinal tried to bribe victim

Sydney - An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse heard Wednesday that the nation's former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis' finance chief, tried to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep him quiet.

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.

Pope leads joyous million-strong mass on Sri Lanka seafront

Colombo - A million worshippers packed the Colombo seafront to greet Pope Francis as he canonised Sri Lanka's first saint on Wednesday in the biggest public celebration the city has ever witnessed.

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Colombo - Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was "exhausted" after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Colombo - Pope Francis urged respect for human rights as he began a two-nation Asia tour in a windswept Sri Lanka Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war.

Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Pope Francis will arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, days after the surprise election of a president who has pledged a new culture of tolerance in a country still recovering from civil war.

Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Pope Francis will arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, days after the surprise election of a president who has pledged a new culture of tolerance in a country still recovering from civil war.

5.5 million in Philippines parade ahead of papal visit

Manila - More than five million barefoot devotees paraded a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ through Manila Friday in a loud, heaving paroxysm of religious fervour ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Asia's bastion of Christianity.

Catholic flock thinning in Latin America

Washington - Although Argentine-born Pope Francis is largely popular in Latin America, the number of adults in the region who describe themselves as Catholic is falling, says a study published Thursday.

Priest seized by Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria 'freed'

Jerusalem - A priest kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northwestern Syria was released on Thursday, the Franciscan Order said, days after his abduction alongside 20 other Christians."Father Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning...

Qaeda-linked rebels seize priest in Syria: Franciscan Order

Idlib - A Franciscan priest and 20 other Christians have been seized by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in a village in northwestern Syria, the Franciscan mission to the Holy Land said Tuesday.

Pope Francis calls exploitation of nature 'sin of our times'

Campobasso - During an address at Italy's University of Molise on Saturday, Pope Francis chastised those who exploit and destroy nature, calling such behavior the "sin of our times".

Senior Australian bishop charged with child sex abuse

Sydney - One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday.

New claims of drug trials on children at Irish Catholic homes

Dublin - Fresh claims that children at Catholic 'mother and baby' homes in Ireland were subjected to experimental vaccine trials heaped further controversy Monday on the Church-run institutions.

Irish examining possibility of other mass baby graves

London - Irish officials will investigate if the mass grave for almost 800 babies discovered near a home for unmarried mothers run by nuns is an isolated case, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Thursday.

Amnesty urges Ireland to launch probe into mass children's grave

London - An urgent investigation must be launched into revelations that almost 800 babies and children were buried in a mass grave in Ireland near a home for unmarried mothers run by nuns, Amnesty said Thursday.
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