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Pope elevates British convert Newman to sainthood

Vatican City - Pope Francis created five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil".

Catholic Church called to plug priest gap with lay women

Vatican City - Deep in the Amazonian forest, young couples looking to wed or baptise children often turn to Sister Alba, who fills in where Catholic priests cannot be found.

Married priests question raises fears of Church split

Vatican City - An idea to fill empty pulpits in remote locations by allowing married men to become priests is bitterly dividing a Vatican assembly, with critics warning the emotive issue could fracture the Catholic Church.

Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat.

Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

Two priests should be tried in altar boys abuse case: Vatican

Vatican City - An Italian priest accused of sexually abusing altar boys in a seminary and another priest who allegedly facilitated that abuse have been referred to Italian justice, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sydney - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lodged an appeal against his child sex abuse convictions in Australia's High Court on Tuesday, in a last-ditch effort to clear his name.

Pope 'not afraid' of schism in Catholic Church

Pope Francis said Tuesday he was "not afraid" of a schism in the Roman Catholic Church, in reference to attacks by conservative cardinals who frequently take aim at his papacy."I'm not afraid of schisms.

Pope Francis urges Mauritius to shun 'idolatrous economic model'

Port Louis - Pope Francis on Monday urged Mauritius, a prosperous magnet for tourists and a global tax haven, to shun an "idolatrous economic model" that excludes the youth and the poor and damages the environment.

Pope pleads with Madagascans to protect rainforest

Antananarivo - Pope Francis on Saturday made an impassioned plea to Madagascans to protect the Indian Ocean's unique environment from "excessive deforestation", on the second leg of his African tour.

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Antananarivo - True to his reputation as "pope of the poor", Pope Francis began a visit Saturday to Madagascar, one of the world's most impoverished nations with a unique and threatened environment.

Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis

Antananarivo - True to his reputation as "pope of the poor", Pope Francis begins a visit Saturday to Madagascar, one of the world's most impoverished nations.

Pope hails Mozambique peace deal, offers solidarity for cyclone victims

Maputo - Pope Francis, on the first full day of his visit to Mozambique, heaped praise Thursday on a peace deal between government and rebels and offered solidarity to victims of two devastating cyclones.

Pope hails Mozambique peace deal, offers solidarity for cyclone victims

Maputo - Pope Francis began the first full day of his visit to Mozambique on Thursday, praising a peace deal between government and rebels and offering solidarity to victims of two devastating cyclones.

Mozambicans trek from far and wide to attend mass by Pope Francis

Maputo - Travelling nearly 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) by motorbike, train, car and plane over four days to see Pope Francis may seem gruelling, but for pilgrim Davide Hilario the trek was simply a reaffirmation of his Catholic faith.

Pope urges prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged prayers for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas who "lost everything", as he set off to Mozambique on a three-nation African tour. "I would like to ask everyone...

Jubilant crowds hail pope 'prophet of reconciliation' at Africa tour start

Maputo - Pope Francis arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday as he kicked off a three-nation tour of African countries, expected to focus on those hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Vatican City - Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope freed by firemen after getting stuck in Vatican lift

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be freed by firemen.

Pope urges everyone to change lifestyle to save planet

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Sunday on individuals across the world to make changes to their daily habits to stop climate change in its tracks, and to put pressure on their leaders "before it's too late".

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

Bejing - A Chinese Catholic bishop has been ordained with the joint approval of the Pope and Beijing for the first time under an agreement intended to encourage a rapprochement between China and the Holy See.

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions Wednesday, prompting relief from victims who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church's most powerful men to justice.

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.
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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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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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