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Pope leads Good Friday procession highlighting modern-day slaves' plight

Rome - Pope Francis on Friday led the traditional Easter week "Way of the Cross" procession in Rome, which was this year took the theme of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, including the prostitutes who ply their trade on Italy's streets.

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on '68

Vatican City - Former pope Benedict XVI on Thursday blamed the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandals on the 1960s sexual revolution and a collapse in faith in the West, immediately drawing criticism from some theologians.

Pope hopes for S.Sudan peace as leaders end Vatican retreat

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Thursday for warring South Sudanese factions to respect the latest armistice after a two-day Vatican retreat aimed at shoring up the fragile peace.

Vatican to host S.Sudan warring rivals to encourage peace process

Vatican City - South Sudan's warring rivals President Salva Kiir and rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar will attend a retreat at the Vatican this week "to work for a future of peace", the Holy See said.

Pope warns against hate-fomenting 'fake news'

Vatican City - Internet-based "fake news" is fomenting prejudice and hatred, Pope Francis said on Tuesday, warning our culture "has lost its sense of truth and bends the facts to suit particular interests".

Pope visits Morocco to boost dialogue, meet migrants

Rabat - Pope Francis arrives in Morocco on Saturday for a visit which will see him meet Muslim leaders and migrants ahead of a mass with the country's minority Catholic community.The spiritual leader of the world's 1.

Pope issues new child abuse legislation for Vatican City

Vatican City - Pope Francis issued stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees on Friday, as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests.

Pope to broaden Muslim dialogue with Morocco visit

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Morocco on Saturday, the first pope to do so in 35 years, with interreligious dialogue and immigration on the agenda.

Pope resisted ring-kissing for fear of germs

Vatican City - Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs, the Vatican said Thursday in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.

Morocco's diverse Catholic community awaits Pope Francis

Rabat - Ahead of Pope Francis arriving in Morocco, the country's small and diverse Catholic community gathered excitedly at Rabat's cathedral to get their hands on tickets to see the pontiff."We're lucky!

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chilean cardinal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Chilean cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who agreed to step down after being accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests, the Vatican said.

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country's bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up, the Vatican said Saturday.

Help southern Africa cyclone victims, says pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis expressed his pain Wednesday at the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa and called for "comfort and support" for victims of the disaster.

C. Africa president meets pope, sticks by troubled peace deal

Vatican City - Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera, during a visit to the Vatican Tuesday, stood by his country's peace deal the day after several militia groups rejected it and the new government.

Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open the secret archives of the wartime pontiff Pius XII in March next year, which could shed light on why the Catholic Church failed to intervene more against the Holocaust.

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open the secret archives of Pius XII in March next year, which could shed light on his actions during World War II.

After abuse summit, victims press Vatican for action

Vatican City - After a historic Vatican summit on child sexual abuse by priests, campaigners are demanding that the Catholic Church now turns words and resolutions into action.

Mozambique priest says pope to visit this year

Maputo - A senior Mozambican priest said Sunday that Pope Francis will visit the southern African nation this year, the first papal visit to Mozambique since 1988. "I can tell you a secret... this year we will receive a very special visit.

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

Vatican City - A top Catholic cardinal admitted Saturday that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed or never even drawn up in a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others.

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Vatican City - A leading cardinal acknowledged the global scale of the child sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church on Friday, on the second day of a landmark summit at the Vatican on tackling paedophilia in the clergy.

Polish paedophile priests exposed in new report

Warsaw - A foundation supporting victims of paedophile priests in Poland on Thursday released a report documenting nearly 400 cases of sex abuse by clergymen in the staunchly Catholic country.

Sex abuse survivors describe horrors to world's bishops

Vatican City - Survivors of clerical paedophilia related their traumatic experiences to the world's top bishops on Thursday at a landmark summit at the Vatican on the protection of minors.

Pope demands action at landmark Vatican summit on abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday opened a landmark Vatican summit on fighting child sex abuse, calling for "concrete measures" and handing top Catholic bishops a roadmap to tackling paedophilia in the church.

Signal summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis kicks off a red-letter global child protection summit Thursday for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges for change clamour for incisive reforms.

Vatican envoys meet sex abuse victims ahead of conference

Rome - Vatican representatives met Wednesday with victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests a day ahead of a landmark conference on the protection of minors, the Holy See said.

Cardinals blame 'homosexual agenda' for abuse crisis

Vatican City - Two cardinals criticised on Wednesday Pope Francis's approach to the clerical paedophilia crisis, saying "abuse of power" was not to blame but homosexuality."We turn to you with deep distress!

Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice

Paris - After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

'I obeyed like a robot': Abuse survivor tells of predator priest

Paris - Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers".

World bishops head to Vatican for sex abuse summit

Vatican City - Pope Francis gathers bishops from around the world at the Vatican this week for a hotly-awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals assailing the Catholic Church.

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

Vatican City - Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Roman Catholic church over accusations American Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said Saturday.
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