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Italian journalist named Vatican's first lay comms officer

Vatican City - Pope Francis has appointed an Italian television journalist as the Vatican's first-ever lay communications officer, the Holy See said on Thursday.

Pope and Macron hold 'intense' meeting at Vatican

Vatican City - French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Geneva - Pope Francis called Thursday for deeper unity between the Catholic Church and other Christian faiths as he visited Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, amid Christianity's waning influence in Europe.

Pope Francis to seek closer ties with non-Catholic churches in Geneva

Vatican City - Pope Francis will seek deeper relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian faiths Thursday when he meets the world's largest ecumenical community of Protestant and Orthodox churches amid waning influence in Europe and indiscriminate attack...

Pope Francis 'a strong voice' for all Christians: inter-church group

Geneva - Pope Francis's visit to Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, expresses "Christian unity", the World Council of Churches chief told AFP, insisting the pontiff's message of love and inclusion speaks across denominations.

Argentina faces historic vote on legalizing abortion

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in Pope Francis' native Argentina vote Wednesday on legalizing abortion, which if passed, would make it the most populous country in South America to allow women to terminate pregnancies.The debate has divided Argentinian society.

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops, including the controversial Juan Barros, following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops including the controversial Juan Barros following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope urges oil majors to combat global warming and aid poor

Vatican City - Pope Francis asked Saturday that major oil and gas companies respect the 2015 Paris climate agreement to help protect the poor from global warming.

Pope Francis calls for dialogue in Nicaragua

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for dialogue in Nicaragua, where weeks of deadly anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 people dead.

Pope to meet 5 abused Chilean priests

Vatican City - Pope Francis will on Saturday meet five Chilean priests who were sexually abused by another priest, Fernando Karadima, in an effort to heal their wounds and those of the church, the Vatican said.

Pope to Chileans: 'We did not react in time' on sex abuse

Santiago - Pope Francis voiced "shame" that the Catholic church failed "to listen and react in time" to allegations of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, in a letter to Chileans released Thursday.

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after paedophile scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis began receiving Chilean bishops at the Vatican on Tuesday in a bid to address a child abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt his papacy.

Film shows 'fearless' pope taking on church

Cannes - There is a killer moment in the new film "Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word" when you realise what he is up against.

Chile bishops prepare for papal dressing down over abuse

Santiago - Around 30 Chilean bishops have begun arriving in Rome for what is widely expected to be a dressing-down by Pope Francis over years of sexual abuse within the Chilean Church.

Interim leader of Order of Malta elected Grand Master for life

Rome - The interim leader of the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order, was elected Wednesday as Grand Master for life, one year after Pope Francis forced his predecessor to resign following an internal power struggle.

Pope receives victims of Chilean paedophile priest

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the Vatican tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

Pope praises Korea leaders' 'brave commitment' to peace

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday praised North and South Korean leaders for their "brave commitment" to peace after they agreed to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Papal audience for victims of paedophile priest

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest on Friday began a visit to the Vatican with one having a private audience with Pope Francis.

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.

Try stealing less, Italian League head tells Roma

Rome - International Roma Day inspired contrasting remarks on Sunday, as Pope Francis welcomed a chance to engage with the culture of an often marginalised group, while the leader of Italy's far-right League urged them to "steal less".

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.

Pope 'ashamed' young to inherit fractured world

Rome - Pope Francis on Friday said he was "ashamed" that younger generations would inherit a world "fractured by divisions and wars".

Pope washes prisoners' feet in Holy Week ritual

Rome - Pope Francis washed prisoners' feet at a Rome jail on Thursday, including two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again choosing to celebrate Holy Thursday among Italy's incarcerated.

Pope washes prisoners' feet in Easter ritual

Rome - Pope Francis washed prisoners' feet at a Rome jail on Thursday, including two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again choosing to celebrate Holy Thursday among Italy's incarcerated.

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.
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