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Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago.
In the Media by AFP

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy: Report

- Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.
In the Media by AFP

Pope is rumored to resign to avoid satanic ritual murder charge

The internet rumor mill is buzzing with the possibility of Pope Francis resigning to avoid satanic murder evidence becoming public.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 3 comments

Vatican Bank profits plunge

The controversial Vatican bank has seen its 2013 profit wiped out due to a clean-up process which has seen it end relationships with about 3,000 customers.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 2 comments

Pope slams Church complicity in child sex abuse

- Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church.
In the Media by Ella IDE (AFP)

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop

Buenos Aires - Two retired military officers were sentenced to life in prison Friday for the murder of a Catholic bishop during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship.
In the Media by Liliana Samuel (AFP)

Vatican officially recognizes group of Catholic exorcists

Rome - An international organization of Catholic priests that perform exorcisms worldwide have gotten the Vatican's stamp of approval.
In the Media by Eric Morales

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

- The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Pope excommunicates mafia, urges expulsion from clan heartland

- Pope Francis launched a scathing attack on organised crime during a trip to the heartland of a feared syndicate on Sunday, declaring all mafia members "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church.
In the Media by Vincenzo Pinto with Ella Ide in Rome (AFP)

Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday denounced those getting rich through speculation in financial markets, calling on them to use their investments for the good of humanity.
In the Media by AFP - 4 comments

Pope says to ask God's advice on retirement

Barcelona - Pope Francis said in an interview Friday he will ask God's advice when the time comes to consider retiring like his 87-year-old predecessor Benedict XVI.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

Pope admits risk in ditching 'sardine-can' popemobile

Barcelona - Pope Francis admitted in an interview Friday that he takes a risk when he ditches a "sardine can" popemobile to greet the people, but at his age he has little to lose.
In the Media by AFP

Mideast leaders arrive at Vatican for prayers, talks

Well, why not? When armed conflict and diplomacy fail to change people's minds, maybe prayer is the next best option after all.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Abbas, Peres call for peace at Vatican ceremony

- Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called for peace on Sunday at an unprecedented prayer with Pope Francis on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the two sides.
In the Media by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP) - 1 comment

Pope Francis hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace prayer

- Pope Francis on Sunday hosts an unprecedented peace prayer meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in a symbolic gesture to foster dialogue but unlikely to have any immediate effect.
In the Media by Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP) - 1 comment

Marriage for some priests may be endorsed by the Vatican

Some priests may be allowed to marry according to a group of high-level officials that seek to petition the Vatican for the reversal of a decree set in place in the 1920's.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 1 comment

Clandestine UK case raises legality concerns

The case is completely shrouded in secrecy with government officials being the only sources. The information we have so far only tells us that the trial will happen in the future and not much more.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Pope Francis replaces financial team

The Pope fired all members of the Vatican's financial oversight committee and replaced them with new candidates. This came after significant problems within the group itself.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Peres, Abbas to pray for peace at Vatican on June 8

- Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas will pray for peace at the Vatican on June 8, the Holy See said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Decoding Pope Francis' Middle East visit

Gaza - Pope Francis’ unscheduled stop and prayer at the Palestinian side of the separation wall that divides the West Bank marks a religious and political attempt to reach out to Muslims and Jews.
In the Media by Abdul Kuddus

Pope says 'no privileges' for bishops on abuse

- Pope Francis on Monday warned there were "no privileges" for bishops when it came to child sex crimes and said he would hold a special mass with victims next week in the Vatican.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Pope calls for Syria peace at start of Mideast tour

Amman - Pope Francis made an urgent plea Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he kicked off a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.
In the Media by Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE (AFP)

Pope calls for Syria peace at start of Mideast tour

Amman - Pope Francis made an urgent plea Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he kicked off a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.
In the Media by Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE (AFP)

UN watchdog demands tougher Vatican abuse fight

Geneva - A UN watchdog urged the Vatican on Friday to live up to Pope Francis' vow to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, calling on the Church to ensure violators face justice.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Israel police ban 15 extremists ahead of pope visit

Jerusalem - Fearing disruption by Jewish extremists when Pope Francis visits Jerusalem this weekend, police said on Friday they would issue restraining orders against 10 more activists, bringing the total to 15.
In the Media by AFP

Pope to take part in UN food conference

Rome - Pope Francis will take part in an international conference on nutrition hosted by the UN food agency and the World Health Organisation in Rome in November, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Pope setting up appeal body for priests accused of abuse

- The Vatican on Monday said it was setting up an appeals body for priests under internal investigation by the Catholic Church for alleged child sex crimes.
In the Media by AFP

Vatican has shown 'total commitment' in anti-abuse fight

Geneva - The Vatican on Tuesday said it had shown its mettle in the battle against child sex abuse by priests, telling a UN hearing that it was determined to stamp out the scourge.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Vatican to beatify pope Paul VI in October: Source

- The Vatican has recognised a supposed miracle attributed to Paul VI and will beatify the late Italian pope in October, which would leave him one step from sainthood, a Vatican source said on Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP
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Tourists converge on this part of St. Peter's Square to get a better view of the huge plaza in front of St. Peter's Basilica.
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MEETING: Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas clasp hands last year at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan.
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Toowoomba, where William Morris served as Catholic bishop
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