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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.

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.

Bishop steps down from anti-sex abuse board in Chile

Santiago - Chile's Catholic church took another blow on Saturday as the bishop leading the charge against sex abuse stepped down following more allegations of misconduct by priests.

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Santiago - Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday."Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties...

Pope to receive more victims of Chile paedophile priest

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to meet with a second group of victims of a notorious Chilean paedophile priest, the Vatican announced Tuesday, as the pontiff bids to make amends for a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

Vatican City - Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the reign of Pope Francis.

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.

Prosecutors seek media ban on trial of Papal aide Pell

Melbourne - The trial of top Papal aide Cardinal George Pell for alleged historic sexual offences could be held in secret after prosecutors on Tuesday sought a blanket ban on media coverage.

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.

Sexual abuse victims call for Vatican to crack down on Chilean cardinals

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest on Wednesday demanded the Catholic Church force tougher sanctions on complicit cardinals after meeting Pope Francis.

Pope aide Pell could face two trials over abuse charges

Melbourne - Top Pope aide Cardinal George Pell could face two separate trials as he fights to clear his name over historic sexual offence allegations, an Australian court heard Wednesday.

Canada presses pope over apology to indigenous communities

Ottawa - Canada is pressing Pope Francis to apologize to children who were plucked from indigenous communities and put in Catholic boarding schools where sexual abuse took place.

Sex abuse scandal haunts Australia's top Catholic cleric

Melbourne - From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has seen his reputation plagued in the twilight of his career by controversy swirling around a 1970s paedophile scandal in the former gold rush town of...

Rundown of sex abuse within the Catholic church

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday became the highest-ranked Catholic ever to be sent to trial for sex offences, adding to a series scandals facing the church globally.

Pope aide Pell to stand trial on multiple sex abuse charges

Melbourne - The Vatican's finance chief Cardinal George Pell Tuesday became the highest-ranked Catholic to be sent for trial over historic sex offences, as the elderly priest vowed to fight the charges.

Pope aide Pell to stand trial on multiple sex abuse charges: court

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell was ordered to stand trial on multiple historical sexual offence charges in Australia Tuesday, but several others were thrown out.

Pope aide Pell arrives for sexual abuse decision

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived at a Melbourne court amid a heavy police presence Tuesday for a crucial decision on whether he will stand trial on historical sexual offence charges.

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.

Parents of terminally ill UK toddler launch new legal bid

London - The parents of terminally ill British boy Alfie Evans were to appeal Wednesday a decision preventing them from going to Rome for treatment following high-profile interventions in the case from Pope Francis and the Italian government.

Parents of terminally ill British toddler lose court bid

London - The family of terminally ill British toddler Alfie Evans on Monday lost their final court bid to prevent doctors from turning off his life support.

Rome's poor treated to gelato as pope marks name day

Rome - Pope Francis marked his name day Monday by ordering thousands of ice creams for Rome's poorest, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable.

Remains of persecuted Czech cardinal repatriated for reburial

Prague - Bells rang across the Czech capital Prague on Friday marking the arrival of the remains of a Catholic cardinal, persecuted by both the Nazis and the Communists, for reburial at home after he died in exile at the Vatican decades ago.
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