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Amazon synod to debate ordination of married men

Vatican City - An upcoming Vatican global synod dedicated to the Amazon is set to discuss allowing married men in remote areas to be ordained as priests, according to a preview of the meeting made public on Monday.

US bishops approve changes to Church law on sex abuse reporting

Washington - The Catholic Church in the United States, which has been rocked in recent years by child sex abuse scandals and investigations, on Thursday approved a papal document that requires clergy to report suspicions of sexual assault.

From hiding, ex-Vatican envoy accuses pope of 'blatantly lying'

Washington - A longtime Vatican dissident broke months of silence Monday to accuse Pope Francis of "blatantly lying" in denying knowledge of the sexual abuse allegations against a now-defrocked American cardinal.

Pope seeks more prayer, less business at Lourdes shrine

Vatican City - Pope Francis has named a special envoy to prioritise spirituality at the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes in France over "managerial and financial" aspects.

Pope to receive Putin at Vatican on July 4

Vatican City - Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin for an audience next month, the Vatican said on Thursday."The Holy Father will receive the president of the Russian Federation...

Judgement reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Melbourne - The fate of jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell was in the balance Thursday as judges adjourned to deliberate over an appeal against his conviction on historical child sex abuse charges.

Prosecutors insist Pell conviction 'unimpeachable' at appeal hearing

Melbourne - Prosecutors insisted the conviction of Australian Cardinal George Pell for child sexual abuse was "unimpeachable" as his appeal against the guilty verdict went into a second day in Melbourne on Thursday.

Cardinal Pell launches appeal against child sex conviction

Melbourne - Jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell launched an appeal Wednesday against his landmark conviction for child sex abuse, branding the charges against him as "bizarre" and "impossible".

Cardinal Pell launches appeal against child sex conviction

Melbourne - Jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell arrived in court under heavy police guard Wednesday, beginning an appeal against his conviction for child sex abuse.

Cardinal Pell appeals landmark child sex conviction

Melbourne - The Vatican's former number-three, Cardinal George Pell, will on Wednesday begin his appeal against convictions for "brazen" sex attacks on two choirboys in the 1990s.

Pope apologises to Roma for Catholic Church's 'discrimination'

Pope Francis apologised to the Roma people on Sunday for the Roman Catholic Church's "discrimination" against them as he wrapped up a visit to Romania.

Roma dream of discrimination-free Romania ahead of Pope visit

Ion, a 72-year-old retiree from Romania's minority Roma community, says he is used to living without rights.

Pope celebrates diversity at mass in multi-ethnic Romania

Pope Francis on the second day of a visit to Romania celebrated diversity at a mass Saturday attended by tens of thousands of people in a predominantly ethnic-Hungarian part of the Transylvania region seen as the highlight of his trip.

Pope to hold giant mass for Romania's ethnic-Hungarian minority

Tens of thousands gathered Saturday for a mass by Pope Francis on his second day in Romania with the ceremony in a predominantly ethnic-Hungarian part of the Transylvania region set to be the highlight of his trip.

Romanians welcome pope who praises 'sacrifices' of emigrants

Bucharest - Romanians lined Bucharest streets and packed two cathedrals on Friday to welcome Pope Francis, who began a three-day trip to the country with a message of integration for a post-election European Union following nationalist gains.

Pope to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

Vatican City - Pope Francis headed to Romania on Friday with a message of integration not just for its faith communities but for a post-election European Union, following nationalist gains.

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday met Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni who is on a European tour to highlight increasingly acute threats to the Amazon since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took power.

French-Spanish nun killed in Central African Republic: Vatican

Vatican City - A French-Spanish nun has been brutally murdered in a village in the Central African Republic where she taught sewing to young girls, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

S - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop reportedly suspected of extorting priests and covering up sexual abuse, the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira, the Vatican said Friday in a statement.

Polish paedophilia scandal rocks political scene

Warsaw - A Polish documentary on clergy paedophilia that has shocked the devout country could deal a blow to the chances of the ruling conservatives in this month's European Parliament elections, given the party's close ties to the Catholic Church, analysts sai...

US Catholic abuse victims sue Vatican to name predatory priests

Washington - Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on Tuesday to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy.

Top cardinal says 'many questions' remain despite Vatican thaw with China

Bejing - A top cardinal has said "many questions" remain despite the Vatican's diplomatic thaw with China, and that a deal paving the way to rapprochement was "only a starting point".

Nuns step up in the fight against prostitution

Rome - Girls freed from the clutches of human traffickers worldwide are given shelter by nuns from the Talitha Kum network, which is marking its 10th anniversary with support from Pope Francis.

Pope 'suffers' with Roma, Sinti people amid tensions in Rome

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Thursday he "suffers" when he reads about threats made against Roma and Sinti people, following tensions in Rome over the allocation of social housing to Bosnian Roma.

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal.

Pope appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Sunday for the evacuation of refugees held in detention camps in Libya, particularly women and children, as fighting there escalates.

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.
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