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Shame of gay Catholic clerics distorts church, says author

Paris - The hidden homosexuality of so much of the Catholic hierarchy has distorted "every aspect of the church", a new book claims.

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Paris - French prosecutors said Friday they were investigating a sexual assault complaint made against the Vatican's envoy to Paris in more unwelcome news for the Catholic church as it looks to turn the page on years of scandal.

Sex abuse crusaders graduate from Vatican university

Rome - "So many children have been abused," sighs Vincent Moba, a Zambian Catholic priest who has just graduated from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University with a diploma in safeguarding children.

Polish archbishop meets victims of paedophile priests

Warsaw - Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on Wednesday said he had met with several victims of church sex abuse ahead of a Vatican meeting on the issue later this month.

Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

Vatican City - Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves" -- and may still be doing so -- marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church.

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis admitted Tuesday that Catholic priests and bishops had sexually abused nuns, the latest scandal to rock the church.

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis admitted Tuesday that priests and bishops in the Catholic Church had sexually abused nuns.

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, capping the first ever papal visit to the Gulf where Islam was born.

Pope Francis arrives to hold public mass in UAE

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis arrived at an Abu Dhabi sports stadium Tuesday to hold a public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf.

Pope calls for end to wars in Middle East in Gulf trip

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis on Monday called for an end to wars in the Middle East during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the birthplace of Islam -- the Arabian Peninsula.

Pope Francis lands in UAE for historic visit

Abu Dhabi - Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for the first ever visit by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula -- the birthplace of Islam.

Pope Francis urges 'respect' for Yemen truce accord

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent "respect" for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country.

Catholic migrants in the UAE abuzz ahead of pope's visit

Dubai - Like millions of his compatriots, Filipino migrant Ray Erwin adores Pope Francis. This weekend, he is counting down the hours to a historic papal mass in Abu Dhabi."We are very grateful," he told AFP. "It's a chance of a lifetime.

Yemen's abandoned churches, remnants of a fading past

Aden - Vandalised, caught in the crossfire, burnt to the ground: Yemen's churches, once filled by small but diverse Christian communities, are now abandoned after years of devastating conflict.

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Dubai - Pope Francis is set for a historic trip to the UAE, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, as he seeks to boost the Vatican's outreach to Islam.

Pope says 'happy to write new page in history' with UAE visit

Vatican City - Pope Francis said he was looking to write a new page in the history of relations between religions with his visit to the United Arab Emirates from Sunday."I am happy ...

Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

Vatican City - When Francis becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula on Sunday, he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam and confirms interreligious dialogue as a keystone of his papacy.

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Pope Francis said Monday celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", nixing the prospect of married men being ordained.

Pope fears 'bloodbath' in Venezuela

Pope Francis said Monday he was terrified the political crisis enveloping Venezuela would descend into a "bloodbath"."What am I afraid of?

Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Panama - Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Sunday, winding up a five-day visit during which he defended Central American migrants and acknowledged the Church had been hurt by sex abuse scandals.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope Francis says Church hasn't known 'how to listen'

Panama - Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.

Pope to tackle dwindling vocations to priesthood at Panama meeting

Panama - Pope Francis will meet young student priests on Saturday on the fourth day of his visit to Panama for World Youth Day celebrations, a day after the clergy sex abuse scandal haunting his papacy returned to the spotlight.

Church sex abuse summit a bid for 'concrete change': Vatican

Panama - The Vatican said Friday that next month's meeting of Church leaders in Rome was a unique chance to tackle the "terrible plague" of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy.

Pope defends migrants, marginalized, at Panama meeting with young

Panama - Pope Francis railed Friday against the marginalization of convicts and others who society has deemed "sinners," and staunchly defended migrants as he joined hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in Panama.

Pope in Panama calls for rejection of 'all forms of corruption'

Panama - Pope Francis began his visit to Panama on Wednesday with a call to political leaders to reject "all forms of corruption" in a speech to the diplomatic community.

Pope in Panama blasts 'fears and suspicions' over migration

Panama - Pope Francis said in Panama Thursday that the Church must work to overcome the world's "fears and suspicions" of migration, and pledged his support for "all efforts" to avoid further suffering in crisis-torn Venezuela.

Massive power outage strikes Panama ahead of papal visit

Panama - A massive power outage hit Panama on Sunday just days before the arrival of Pope Francis, leaving traffic lights inoperable, businesses in the dark, and gas stations unable to pump fuel for some six hours.

Pope Francis to visit Romania: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Romania for three days from May 31 to June 2, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Pope vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing paedophilia as one of the "vilest" crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church.
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PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Access to St Peter's Square for the mass on the holiest day in the Christian calendar was tightly controlled
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Screenshot of the Pope's final audience
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The Vatican's mobile post office serving tourists.
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Pope Francis meets with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Aug. 29, 2016, at the Vatican.
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Aung San Suu Kyi receives an audience with the Pope on October 28, 2013.
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Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
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Pope Francis meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican, November 25, 2013
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