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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.

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Vatican City - Historians will begin combing the archives of the world's most contentious pope on Monday, hoping to glean why Pius XII stayed silent during the Nazi extermination of Jews in the Holocaust.

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to 'cold'

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he was cancelling a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a "cold".

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to 'cold'

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he would not be taking part in a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a "cold".

Vatican opens archives on history's most controversial pope

Vatican City - The Vatican unseals the archives of history's most contentious popes on Monday, potentially shedding light on why Pius XII stayed silent during the extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

Four things to know about Pope Pius XII's archives

Vatican City - The unveiling on Monday of Pope Pius XII's archives has been demanded for decades by Jewish groups and historians.They comprise 120 fonds -- archival documents of the same origin -- and are split into 20,000 units.

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Vatican City - Pope Francis postponed his official appointments Friday and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of "a mild ailment".

Archives on controversial war-time Pope Pius XII set to open

Vatican City - The Vatican's archives on Pope Pius XII are poised to be unsealed, with historians hoping to uncover previously hidden details about one of the most controversial popes in history.

Deaf Argentine abuse survivors target pope with defiant message

Geneva - Three deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina say they want Pope Francis finally to live up to his promises of reform -- and they are taking their call directly to the Vatican this week.

Pope Francis sides with traditionalists on priest celibacy

Vatican City - In quashing the idea of married priests in the Amazon, Pope Francis has appeased traditionalists while disappointing progressives who had hoped for a historic turning point in the Catholic church.

Brazil's Bolsonaro lashes out at pope's Amazon text

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate-change skeptic, lashed out at Pope Francis Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest, and attacked the environmental group Greenpeace as "rubbish.

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday pleaded for social justice and environmental respect for the Amazon basin, but did not recommend the controversial idea of married priests.

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on Wednesday to release a much-anticipated text about the Amazon, which is not expected to open up the priesthood to married men in the region despite an appeal from a historic Vatican meeting of bishops last year.

Pope to visit Malta in May

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make an official trip to Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, bringing the pontiff to one of the top disembarkation spots for migrants fleeing Libya.

Priests accused of sex abuse in religious order shut by Vatican

Rome - Nine members of a religious order that was abruptly shuttered by the Vatican are under investigation for sex assault, the dioscese confirmed Wednesday, after allegations emerged linking the group to the abuse of two young brothers.

Ex-pope's shadow Vatican role in the spotlight

Vatican City - Ex-pope Benedict XVI seems to have broken his silence recently over key Catholic issues and his comments have raised serious questions within the Church about the extent to which there are, in fact, two "men in white" at the VaticanIn 2013, Benedict be...

Ex-pope Benedict seeks to end storm over controversial book

Vatican City - Retired former pope Benedict XVI sought to calm a dispute within the Vatican on Tuesday, claiming his name was erroneously attributed as co-author to a new book with a conservative cardinal.

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday repeated his support for celibacy after his predecessor pope Benedict XVI urged him not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that stunned Vatican experts.

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Rome - Former pope Benedict XVI has publicly urged his successor Pope Francis not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that Sunday stunned Vatican experts.

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate change

Vatican City - Pope Francis accused world leaders on Thursday of failing to listen to the concerns of youngsters pushing for global action against climate change.

Pope's bodyguards criticised over slapping incident

Vatican City - Pope Francis's attempt to wrest himself from the grasp of an ardent follower this week have left some asking -- where was the pontiff's security detail?

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing "every form of violence against women.

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year's Eve.

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics: report

Washington - A US cardinal gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to powerful Catholic clerics including two popes while facing accusations of sexual harassment, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Pope prays for peace in global flashpoints

Vatican City - Pope Francis appealed for peace in many of the world's hotspots, singling out the crises in the Middle East, Venezuela and Lebanon as well as armed conflicts ravaging many African countries.

Empty Libyan migrant camps, pope urges

Vatican City - The pope called for migrant detention centres in Libya to be cleared on Thursday, saying it was a "sin" to remain indifferent to the abuses suffered by refugees.

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Vatican City - Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church.

Pope meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Vatican City - Pope Francis held a private audience with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Saturday, despite a plea to cancel the meeting over a scandal-hit investigation into the murder of a journalist.
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