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Australian police probe Vatican cash transfer in Pell case

Sydney - Australian police are investigating allegations a large amount of money was transferred to Australia by a Vatican rival of Cardinal George Pell in an apparent bid to help convict him of child sex abuse.

Pope backs civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday voiced support for same-sex couples, calling them "children of God" and saying they should be allowed to have legally recognised civil unions, in a radical shift from previous pontiffs.

Pope says he supports civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples to enter into legally recognised civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Pope says supports civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples to enter into legally recognised civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

'Cardinal's woman' arrested in Italy after 500,000-euro payment

Vatican City - Italian financial police on Tuesday arrested a woman in Milan who was paid half a million euros ($590,000) by the Vatican into a Slovenian bank account, local media reported.

Pope meets acquitted Australian cardinal Pell

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Australian Cardinal George Pell for the first time since he was jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Teen one step from becoming first millennial saint

Vatican City - A British-born Italian teenager who dedicated his short life to spreading the faith online and helping the poor was beatified by the Catholic Church Saturday.

Celebrities to lead TED global call to act on climate crisis

San Francisco - The Pope and Prince William will join activists, artists, celebrities and politicians on Saturday at a free streamed TED event aimed at unifying people to confront the climate crisis.

Pope in first trip outside Rome since virus lockdown

Assisi - Pope Francis makes his first trip Saturday since the Vatican's coronavirus lockdown, though it will be a solitary affair for the crowd-loving Argentine who has had to learn how to be close to the faithful from a distance.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell returns to Rome

Rome - Cardinal George Pell returned to Rome from Australia Wednesday for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Francis 'loses patience' in Vatican corruption fight

Vatican City - Pope Francis once likened sorting out the Vatican's tangled accounts to "cleaning the Sphinx of Egypt with a toothbrush".

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell heading to Rome, says aide

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell will return to Rome from Australia for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges, an aide said Tuesday.

Cardinal Pell 'returning to Rome' after rival falls

Rome - Australian Cardinal George Pell was reportedly to return to Rome Tuesday for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse charges, just days after a known Vatican rival was ousted.

Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him

Vatican City - One of the Vatican's most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members.

Pope rejects 'erosion of multilateralism' in UN speech

New York - Pope Francis warned world leaders on Friday against a growing breakdown of multilateralism, appealing in a speech to the United Nations for an end to what he called a global "climate of distrust.

Vatican thunder over wider access to euthanasia

Vatican City - The Vatican on Tuesday underscored its unyielding opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it an "act of homicide", as more and more countries consider legal reforms on the controversial issue.

Vatican, China prepare to renew historic deal to US anger

Vatican City - The Vatican and China are preparing to renew a historic deal on the appointment of bishops that has slightly thawed icy relations -- much to the displeasure of the US.

Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.

Pope sports a face mask for the first time in public

Vatican City - Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension.

Former pope Benedict's face shingles 'improving'

Vatican City - A painful case of shingles afflicting the face of former pope Benedict XVI is clearing up, his private secretary Georg Gaenswein has told a German newspaper.

Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail': report

Berlin - Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

New Vatican manual advises bishops to report sex abuse claims to police

Vatican City - The Vatican released guidelines Thursday for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.

Pope condems 'hell' of migrant detention camps in Libya

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the "hellish" migrant detention camps in Libya on the seventh anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa, where many of those fleeing the country for Europe by sea land.

Former pope Benedict in Germany to visit ailing brother

Berlin - Former pope Benedict XVI travelled from the Vatican to Germany on Thursday to visit his sick brother, officials said, in his first trip out of Italy since his shock resignation in 2013.

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

Vatican City - "Everything will be different" after the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Saturday, calling for a fairer society and action to "end the pandemic of poverty in the world".

Poles mark century since birth of Pope John Paul II

Warsaw - Poles on Monday set aside deep political divisions to mark a century since the birth of the late Pope John Paul II, the first and only pontiff from Poland whose election changed the course of history.

Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Vatican City - Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter's Square crowds.

Some Rome churches reopen after angry pope steps in

Vatican City - Some of Rome's Catholic churches reopened Friday after Pope Francis voiced displeasure with the Italian authorities' push to shut them because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope voices support for virus victims in livestream message

Vatican City - Pope Francis expressed solidarity on Sunday with the victims of the novel coronavirus in his first livestreamed prayer from the Vatican.

Vatican says pope's symptoms point to simple cold

Vatican City - The Vatican said on Tuesday that Pope Francis was still suffering from a cold and not exhibiting other symptoms, after a report said he had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
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