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Archives on controversial war-time Pope Pius XII set to open

Vatican City - The Vatican's archives on Pope Pius XII are poised to be unsealed, with historians hoping to uncover previously hidden details about one of the most controversial popes in history.

Deaf Argentine abuse survivors target pope with defiant message

Geneva - Three deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina say they want Pope Francis finally to live up to his promises of reform -- and they are taking their call directly to the Vatican this week.

Chinese, Vatican foreign ministers hold first meeting

Bejing - The foreign ministers of China and the Vatican have met in the first high-level encounter between the sides -- a new sign of improving relations between two states with no diplomatic ties.

Pope Francis sides with traditionalists on priest celibacy

Vatican City - In quashing the idea of married priests in the Amazon, Pope Francis has appeased traditionalists while disappointing progressives who had hoped for a historic turning point in the Catholic church.

Final appeal over Pell child sex conviction set for March

Sydney - The final appeal by Cardinal George Pell against his child sex abuse convictions will be held by Australia's High Court on March 11-12, the court announced Friday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro lashes out at pope's Amazon text

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate-change skeptic, lashed out at Pope Francis Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest, and attacked the environmental group Greenpeace as "rubbish.

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday pleaded for social justice and environmental respect for the Amazon basin, but did not recommend the controversial idea of married priests.

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on Wednesday to release a much-anticipated text about the Amazon, which is not expected to open up the priesthood to married men in the region despite an appeal from a historic Vatican meeting of bishops last year.

Seven years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Vatican City - Seven years after his surprise resignation, Benedict XVI -- weakened by age but still intellectually spry -- appears unable to remain in the shadow of his Argentinean successor Francis, creating the appearance of "two popes" at odds.

Pope to visit Malta in May

Vatican City - Pope Francis will make an official trip to Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, bringing the pontiff to one of the top disembarkation spots for migrants fleeing Libya.

Court clears French cardinal who failed to report suspected paedophile priest

Lyon - A French appeals court Thursday overturned a cardinal's conviction for shielding an alleged child-molesting priest in a case that fuelled accusations of a Catholic Church coverup of sex abuse by clerics.

Priests accused of sex abuse in religious order shut by Vatican

Rome - Nine members of a religious order that was abruptly shuttered by the Vatican are under investigation for sex assault, the dioscese confirmed Wednesday, after allegations emerged linking the group to the abuse of two young brothers.

Ex-pope's shadow Vatican role in the spotlight

Vatican City - Ex-pope Benedict XVI seems to have broken his silence recently over key Catholic issues and his comments have raised serious questions within the Church about the extent to which there are, in fact, two "men in white" at the VaticanIn 2013, Benedict be...

Ex-pope Benedict seeks to end storm over controversial book

Vatican City - Retired former pope Benedict XVI sought to calm a dispute within the Vatican on Tuesday, claiming his name was erroneously attributed as co-author to a new book with a conservative cardinal.

French priest admits 'caresses' in boy scout abuse trial

Lyon - Accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 80s, a French Catholic priest confessed in court Tuesday to "caresses" he knew were forbidden, and said for 20 years "it happened every weekend".

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday repeated his support for celibacy after his predecessor pope Benedict XVI urged him not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that stunned Vatican experts.

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Rome - Former pope Benedict XVI has publicly urged his successor Pope Francis not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that Sunday stunned Vatican experts.

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate change

Vatican City - Pope Francis accused world leaders on Thursday of failing to listen to the concerns of youngsters pushing for global action against climate change.

Pope's bodyguards criticised over slapping incident

Vatican City - Pope Francis's attempt to wrest himself from the grasp of an ardent follower this week have left some asking -- where was the pontiff's security detail?

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing "every form of violence against women.

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee

Vatican City - Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithful on New Year's Eve.

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics: report

Washington - A US cardinal gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to powerful Catholic clerics including two popes while facing accusations of sexual harassment, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Pope prays for peace in global flashpoints

Vatican City - Pope Francis appealed for peace in many of the world's hotspots, singling out the crises in the Middle East, Venezuela and Lebanon as well as armed conflicts ravaging many African countries.

The Pope and UN chief call for religious and environmental tolerance

Vatican City - Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday jointly appealed for religious tolerance and environmental protection.After a meeting at the Vatican, the pair released a video message.

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Vatican City - Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church.

Pope meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Vatican City - Pope Francis held a private audience with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Saturday, despite a plea to cancel the meeting over a scandal-hit investigation into the murder of a journalist.

Prosecutor asks French court to clear cardinal over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - A French prosecutor asked an appeals court on Friday to quash Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's conviction for failing to report sex abuse by a priest, eight months after a verdict that rocked the French Catholic Church.

Pope to list nuclear weapons as immoral in Catholic manual

Pope Francis announced on Tuesday he would declare the use and possession of nuclear weapons "immoral" in the Catholic Church's official manual, after visiting the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where atomic bombs were dropped during World W...

Zombies, brollies and happis: Key moments of pope's Japan trip

Apo - Pope Francis has wanted to visit Japan since he was a young missionary and his trip was filled with emotion and memorials -- but also some lighthearted moments.

Pope leaves Japan after nuclear-dominated trip

Apo - Pope Francis left Japan Tuesday, bringing to an end a long-desired visit marked by messages on atomic power and weapons as he comforted survivors of nuclear bombings and accidents.
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