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Disgraced Cardinal Pell appeal verdict due next week

Sydney - Judges will rule next week on Australian Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction on multiple child sex abuse charges, court officials announced Thursday.

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

Vatican City - Experts say they have found no recent bones in their examination of a ossuary as part of a search for a teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, Vatican officials said Sunday.

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

Vatican City - The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Vatican to open ossuaries under trapdoor in princesses hunt

Vatican City - The Vatican was set Saturday to open ossuaries discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two princesses and a missing teenager.

Tombs riddle could see Vatican efforts to find teen backfire: analysts

Vatican City - The Vatican's attempts to help the family of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago have merely deepened the mystery surrounding her fate, and risk backfiring, analysts say.

Graves dug in missing teen search empty: Vatican

Vatican City - The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager 36 years ago deepened Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty.

Vatican begins digging up graves in missing teen search

Vatican City - The Vatican began digging up two graves Thursday after an anonymous tip-off that they may contain the remains of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Brother to peer into Vatican tombs in search of missing teen

Rome - Teenager Emanuela Orlandi went missing in Italy 36-years ago, but her big brother Pietro has never stopped looking for her.

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims: France

Paris - The Vatican has lifted the diplomatic immunity of its Paris envoy who is under investigation for alleged sexual assault, the French foreign ministry said Monday.

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims: France

Paris - The Vatican has lifted the diplomatic immunity of its Paris envoy under investigation for alleged sexual assault, the French foreign ministry said Monday.

Pope tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Vatican City - Migrants are human beings who symbolise all those rejected by globalisation, Pope Francis told a special mass on Monday, saying "the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped".

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.
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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