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Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

- Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

- Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

Pope Francis greets homeless at Sistine Chapel

- Dozens of homeless people were on Thursday treated to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, complete with a surprise appearance by Pope Francis himself, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable in society.

Pope Francis's 'half-miracle' in Naples

Naples - It was a miracle! Or maybe not. The dried blood of Naples' patron saint Januarius half-liquified Saturday during a ceremony when Pope Francis held and kissed the relic while on a visit to the southern Italian city.

Crowds welcome Pope in mafia country

Naples - Hundreds of thousands of people waving Vatican flags on Saturday greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security.

Pope under fire as disgraced anti-gay cleric quits as cardinal

- Pope Francis came under fire on Friday after accepting the de facto resignation of a British cardinal disgraced in a sex scandal without any follow-up on the allegations against him.

Pope Francis to visit UN on September 25

New York - Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly on September 25, as the international body marks its 70th anniversary, officials said Wednesday.

Vatican backs use of force to stop IS 'genocide'

Washington - The Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations has endorsed military action against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- an unusual move because the Vatican traditionally has opposed force in the region.

Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform signal

- Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Pope not expecting many anniversaries at the Vatican

- Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to only last for another two or three years.

Two years and counting: Pope's opponents play waiting game

- Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive.

El Salvador archbishop Romero to be beatified in May

Sansalvador - Controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, a champion of the poor who was gunned down while celebrating mass in 1980, will be beatified on May 23, taking him one step from sainthood.

Vatican offered stolen Michelangelo papers for cash

- A thief who stole two historic and hugely valuable documents written by Michelangelo offered to return them to the Vatican's archives for cash, a spokesman for the Holy See revealed on Monday.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

Rome - Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970's murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily said Saturday.

'The elderly are not aliens': Pope

- Pope Francis urged his followers at his weekly prayer on Wednesday to show affection and respect for the elderly, saying they must not be treated as "aliens".

Mexico image under fire from Hollywood, Holy See

- Mexico's international image is taking a beating these days, even from two worlds that rarely see eye-to-eye: The Holy See and Hollywood.

Vatican, Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

Rome - Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Spain drops sex abuse charges against nine priests

Madrid - A Spanish court has dropped charges against nine out of ten Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing an altar boy, court papers showed Monday, in a case in which Pope Francis intervened.

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: Pope

- Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders -- one French, one Italian and two Palestinians.

Pope asks cardinals to back Vatican reform

- Pope Francis on Thursday urged Catholic cardinals to back his plans to reform the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy in order to help the Church reach out to believers more effectively, including on issues such as the environment.

Vatican child protection watchdog pulls its punches

- A new Vatican child protection panel called Monday for abusers within the Church to be held accountable for their actions, but stopped short of saying how this should be achieved.

Pope rapped over spanking comments

- Pope Francis came under fire Friday after an off-the-cuff remark in which he defended the right of parents to spank their children.

Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24

Washington - Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress, lawmakers said Thursday.

Pope rallies clergy to root out cancer of child abuse

- Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholic clergy they must never try to cover up sexual abuse, as a new Church child protection panel prepares to meet for the first time.

Pope approves martyr status for slain Salvadoran archbishop

Rome - Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a decree declaring slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr for the church.The cleric, a defender of the poor and vocal critic of the military in El Salvador, was shot dead in 1980 while celebrating mass.

Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo in June

- Pope Francis said Sunday he plans a June visit to Sarajevo, the city that became a bloody symbol of the Balkans wars of the 1990s.

Spurred by pope, Spanish Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse

Madrid - Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis.

10 Spain priests charged in child sex abuse case after pope steps in

Madrid - A Spanish judge charged 10 Catholic priests over the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy, court papers showed Wednesday, in a case in which Pope Francis intervened.

Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed 'devil's daughter'

- Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday.
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Armed with ceremonial swords, these Swiss guards are entrusted with security in the Vatican.
Panorama of St Peter s Square in Vatican City.
Panorama of St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass 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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Pope Francis meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican, November 25, 2013
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Screenshot of the Pope's final audience
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Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at the Parish Church of St. Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome
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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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St. Peter's Basilica viewed from another vantage point.
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The time indicated on this big clock is not the same as the time in the other clock at the other end of the building supposedly to confuse the devil.
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The Vatican's mobile post office serving tourists.
Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims and Harley-Davidson bikers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
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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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Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics. Pope Francis pictured during his general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 11, 2014
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