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Philippines' Duterte launches vulgar attacks on Church

Davao - Outspoken incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population.

One man's battle against Quebec Premier 70 years ago

Montreal - This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Frank Roncarelli's loss of his liquor license at his Montreal restaurant prompting a landmark legal battle that would last over a decade and redefine the Canadian constitution.

Bishop accused of child abuse cover-up dies in Australia

Sydney - A bishop in charge during one of Australia's darkest periods of child abuse by Catholic clergy died Monday, depriving an inquiry of further evidence from a man once closely linked to Vatican finance chief George Pell.

Saint's treasure sparks battle between Naples and Church

Naples - Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Naples on Saturday in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than British crown jewels.

Top aide to pope 'should have done more' on abuse claims

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted Thursday he "should have done more" to follow-up on claims a priest was abusing boys, as survivors accused him of lying about what he knew.

Australian inquiry hears of gun-toting paedophile priest

Sydney - An Australian inquiry on Wednesday heard of a gun-toting paedophile priest who made children kneel between his legs during confession as Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted a time of "crimes and cover-ups" within the Catholic Church.

'Evidence emerging' abuse inquiry cardinal 'knew', victims say

Rome - Evidence is emerging that Australian Cardinal George Pell covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests on his watch, survivors told AFP on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a hearing into the top Vatican official's culpability.

U.S. bishops hid abuse of hundreds of children: Grand jury

New York - Two American bishops spent four decades covering up sexual abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of 50 Catholic priests and clerics in Pennsylvania, a grand jury revealed Tuesday.

I have pope's 'full backing' says abuse inquiry cardinal

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry on Tuesday that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him.

Church 'mucked up' with paedophile priests: Vatican finance chief

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted on Monday the Catholic Church "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests and vowed he would not "defend the indefensible" before an Australian inquiry.

Australian survivors of Catholic clergy abuse head to Rome

Sydney - Survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia were on Friday set to travel to Rome to hear evidence from Cardinal George Pell, but denied there was a "witch hunt" against the Vatican finance chief.

Australian inquiry to allow abuse victims to attend Rome hearing

Sydney - An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse agreed Monday that victims could be present when Cardinal George Pell gives evidence from Rome, as Catholic bishops called for him to be treated fairly.

Australian crowdfunding campaign to send sex abuse victims to Rome

Sydney - A crowdfunding campaign to send victims of child sex abuse to Rome to hear Vatican finance chief George Pell give evidence to an Australian inquiry has been overwhelmed by support, doubling its target in two days.

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.
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