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Pope slams anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria, CAfrica

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced "shameful" attacks on Christians in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), calling for an end to "all hate and violence".

Vatican official says the Pope 'loves China'

Bejing - A Vatican official visiting Beijing says the pontiff "loves China" -- a communist country which has yet to establish official diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Vatican urges Venezuela to put new assembly on hold

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday urged Venezuela not to go ahead with installing a powerful new assembly sought by President Nicolas Maduro but challenged by his opponents.

Cardinal Pell denies abuse charges in Australian court

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations.

Cardinal Pell arrives for Australian sex abuse court hearing

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived for his first appearance in an Australian court on historical sex abuse charges Wednesday, facing a huge media scrum ahead of the largely administrative hearing.

Vatican switches off fountains as Italy battles drought

Rome - The historic fountains in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican lay empty Tuesday after the tiny city state turned them off as Italy struggles with a prolonged draught.

'Fanatic' German choirmaster was 'feared' by pupils

Berlin - The former choirmaster of a Catholic school in Germany where more than 500 children were abused, including sexually, was a "fanatic" who was "feared" by pupils, his immediate successor said Wednesday.

Vatican fraud trial over cardinal's luxury pad kicks off

Vatican City - A trial against two former members of a Vatican foundation charged with embezzling charity money to refurbish the luxury apartment of a cardinal opened Tuesday.

Over 500 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school: investigator

Munich - More than 500 boys at a world-famous Catholic choir school in Germany suffered sexual or physical abuse in what victims have likened to "prison, hell or a concentration camp", said a report Tuesday on one of the country's worst such scandals.

Cardinal choler over copyright of Mother Teresa's sari

Rome - The famous white sari with three blue borders worn by saint Mother Teresa has been copyrighted by nuns, and one of the Vatican's top cardinals is not pleased.

547 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school: lawyer

Berlin - At least 547 boys at a German Catholic choir school suffered sexual or physical abuse in what victims have likened to "prison, hell or a concentration camp", said an investigator releasing a final report Tuesday.

'No complaining': Pope Francis takes on moaners

Vatican City - Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders: the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

Pope Francis adds new pathway to becoming a saint

Vatican City - Christians who lay down their life to save others, "following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus", will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

UK court begins hearing case of terminally ill baby

London - A British court on Monday began re-examining the case of a terminally ill baby whose life support is due to be withdrawn at a London hospital, after Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump intervened in the case.

Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived back in Australia on Monday ahead of a court appearance later this month over historical sex abuse charges.

No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist, Vatican says, but GMOs OK

Vatican City - The unleavened bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Catholic masses can be made with genetically modified organisms, the Vatican said Saturday, but they cannot be entirely gluten-free.

Pope warns of 'dangerous alliances' among G20 powers

Rome - Pope Francis said Saturday that the G20 summit in Germany "worries" him because of the potential for "very dangerous alliances" among world leaders, with particularly dire consequences for migrants.

UK hospital says to re-examine case of terminally ill baby

London - The British hospital treating a terminally ill baby boy said on Friday it would examine claims that he could be treated after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis drew international attention to the case.

Pope expresses support for British parents of Baby Charlie

Vatican City - Pope Francis expressed his support Sunday for the British parents of a baby with a rare genetic disease, saying he hoped doctors would allow them to "care for their child until the end".

Pope appeals for 'democratic solution' to Venezuela violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to violence in Venezuela and urged the country to find a "democratic solution" to its problems.

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis has dismissed the church's chief of doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller -- one of the most powerful cardinals at the Vatican -- and appointed a Spanish archbishop to the role, the Vatican said Saturday.

Pope dismisses doctrine chief after reform clashes

Vatican City - Pope Francis has dismissed the church's chief of doctrine Cardinal Gerhard Mueller -- one of the most powerful cardinals at the Vatican -- and appointed a Spanish Archbishop to the role, the Vatican said Saturday.

Pell case brings taint of abuse to top of the Church

Vatican City - Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

Sex abuse scandal haunts Australia's top Catholic cleric

Sydney - From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, the rise of Australia's most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has been plagued in its twilight by sordid controversies from the past.

Pope aide Pell 'strenuously' denies child sex abuse

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell "strenuously" denies all allegations of historic child sex offences and will return home to clear his name, Catholic officials said Thursday.

Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse charges

Vatican City - Cardinal George Pell said Thursday that he would take leave from the Vatican to return to Australia to fight sexual assault charges after being given strong backing from Pope Francis, who has not asked him to resign from his senior Church post.

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday created five new cardinals in a colourful ritual ceremony at the Vatican that blended centuries of tradition with the Argentine pontiff's vision of a remodelled Church for the 21st century.

Pope defrocks 'Don Mercedes' priest convicted of sex abuse

Rome - Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said Wednesday.

China rejects 'interference' as Vatican raises bishop case

Bejing - China said Tuesday it opposed outside interference after the Vatican reported that one of its bishops in the country was being held at an undisclosed location after he was forcibly removed from his diocese.

Lithuanian bishop beatified as first Soviet-era martyr

Vilnius - Thousands gathered in Vilnius on Sunday for the beatification of a bishop imprisoned by the former Soviet regime, the first such event in the devoutly Catholic Baltic EU state.
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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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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass at the Vatican
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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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Pope Francis walks away at the end of a mass 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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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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Armed with ceremonial swords, these Swiss guards are entrusted with security in 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 greets pilgrims and Harley-Davidson bikers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
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