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Chinese bishops invite Pope Francis for historic visit

Vatican City - Two Chinese Catholic bishops attending a Vatican meeting for the first time following a landmark deal between Beijing and the Holy See said Tuesday they have invited Pope Francis to visit.

Taiwan invites pope to visit after historic China deal

Taipei - Taiwan has invited Pope Francis to visit the island in a move aimed at deepening ties with the Vatican after the Holy See signed a historic deal with Beijing.

The man who said no to free love: Paul VI becomes saint

Vatican City - Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, became a saint Sunday, along with slain Salvador archbishop Oscar Romero.

Murdered Salvadoran, pope Paul VI made saints

Vatican City - Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and pope Paul VI, Catholic giants who sparked controversy during their lifetimes, joined the church's highest rank Sunday with an elevation to sainthood.

Sainthood for murdered Salvadoran, Pope Paul VI

Vatican City - Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, Catholic giants who sparked controversy during their lifetimes, will join the church's highest rank Sunday with an elevation to sainthood.

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean former bishops for abusing minors

Vatican City - Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean former bishops for allegedly sexually abusing minors, the Vatican said on Saturday, after a meeting between the pontiff and Chile's president.

Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal over abuse cover-up claim

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests.

Canonisation: how to become a Catholic saint

Rome - The canonisation Sunday of Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated in 1980, and of Paul VI, who was pope from 1963 to 1978, is the last stage in the Vatican's arduous process of creating saints.

Pope to make slain Salvadorian, Paul VI saints

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday will elevate to sainthood Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, slain by a right-wing death squad as he said mass, and free love naysayer Pope Paul VI.

Belgian bishop calls for married men in priesthood

Vatican City - A Belgian bishop called Wednesday for married men to be allowed into the priesthood, a hot-button topic within the Roman Catholic church as it grapples with falling priest numbers and sexual abuse scandals.

Pope says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a "contract killer"."Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone," Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican.

Pope meets top US cardinal in shadow of abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis met the president of the US bishops' conference Monday as his supporters closed ranks over the pontiff's handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a US cardinal.

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Saturday that silence on sexual abuse can "no longer be tolerated" as he ordered an investigation into Vatican archives concerning former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, who resigned in July.

Sex: the elephant in the room at Vatican youth synod

Vatican City - "We mustn't be afraid of sexuality!" French prelate Emmanuel Gobillard urged the Vatican synod on the role of young people, trying to break down the enduring taboo in the 1.3 billion-member Church.

Abuse victim sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Los Angeles - A US man who says he was raped by a priest as a child announced Thursday he was suing the Vatican seeking the identification of accused clergy members worldwide.

Pope gives Chinese bishops 'warm welcome'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a "warm welcome" to two Chinese Catholic bishops attending a synod for the first time following a landmark deal between China and the Vatican.

Chinese bishops to attend first Vatican synod

Vatican City - Two Chinese Catholic bishops are to take part for the first time from Wednesday in a synod, or advisory body meeting, with peers at the Vatican, the Holy See said.

Vatican, China in hush negotiations on 'underground' bishops: sources

Vatican City - After clinching a historic deal, the Vatican and China are involved in fresh negotiations over the fate of "underground" bishops who remained faithful to the pope for decades despite pressure from Beijing, sources say.

MSF wants new flag for migrant rescue ship Aquarius

Rome - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Thursday launched an appeal to world governments to give migrant rescue boat Aquarius a flag after Panama removed it from its register, preventing it working legally.

Pope calls on divided Chinese Catholics to reconcile

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Wednesday for all Chinese Catholics to reconcile, while admitting that a historic deal with Beijing on nominating bishops may have caused "confusion".

Pope calls on Chinese Catholics to reconcile after bishop deal

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Wednesday for all Chinese Catholics to reconcile, while admitting that a historic deal with Beijing on nominating bishops may have caused "confusion".

Outspoken Hong Kong cardinal warns Vatican will 'abandon' Taiwan

Fpo - Hong Kong's firebrand Cardinal Joseph Zen warned Wednesday the Vatican would abandon official ties with Taiwan after sealing a historic accord with China.

Pope says Church's 'conscience' about abuse has evolved

Italy - The way the Church views sexual abuse has evolved, just as it has in wider society, the pope said Tuesday, adding events in the past should not be judged with today's eyes.

Pope confirms he will have last word on naming China bishops

Italy - Pope Francis said on Tuesday that he will have the last word on naming bishops in China after a "bilateral dialogue" on candidates, days after an historic accord paved the way for rapprochement between the Vatican and the Communist country.

Pope confirms he will have last word on naming China bishops

Italy - Pope Francis said on Tuesday that he will have the last word on naming bishops in China after a "bilateral dialogue" on candidates, days after an historic accord paved the way for rapprochement between the Vatican and the Communist country.

Pope Francis gets Estonian e-residency

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday became an e-resident of Estonia while on a visit to the cyber-savvy Baltic country known for being one of the world's most wired nations.

At Russia's doorstep, pope slams arms threats

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday wrapped up his tour of the Baltic region, neighbouring Russia, by slamming those who "hurl threats about using weapons" and "deploying troops".

Protestant Latvia welcomes pope

Riga - Mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday welcomed Pope Francis on a visit many hope will put the small Baltic country on the map and bring its people closer together."I'm happy he's here.

Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in Lithuania

Vilnius - Pope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania.

Chinese Catholics 'pray for the best' but wary after Vatican deal

Bejing - Chinese Catholics have mixed feelings about the Vatican's landmark deal with Beijing: Some in the unofficial "underground" church remain suspicious of the government while others "pray for the best".
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