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Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on '68

Vatican City - Former pope Benedict XVI on Thursday blamed the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandals on the 1960s sexual revolution and a collapse in faith in the West, immediately drawing criticism from some theologians.

Pope hopes for S.Sudan peace as leaders end Vatican retreat

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Thursday for warring South Sudanese factions to respect the latest armistice after a two-day Vatican retreat aimed at shoring up the fragile peace.

French priest killed by Islamists takes step towards sainthood

Vatican City - The Vatican on Wednesday accepted a voluminous dossier that puts French priest Jacques Hamel, who had his throat slit by Islamists in 2016, on the path to sainthood.

Vatican to host S.Sudan warring rivals to encourage peace process

Vatican City - South Sudan's warring rivals President Salva Kiir and rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar will attend a retreat at the Vatican this week "to work for a future of peace", the Holy See said.

Pope warns against hate-fomenting 'fake news'

Vatican City - Internet-based "fake news" is fomenting prejudice and hatred, Pope Francis said on Tuesday, warning our culture "has lost its sense of truth and bends the facts to suit particular interests".

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.

Pope visits Morocco to boost dialogue, meet migrants

Rabat - Pope Francis arrives in Morocco on Saturday for a visit which will see him meet Muslim leaders and migrants ahead of a mass with the country's minority Catholic community.The spiritual leader of the world's 1.

Pope issues new child abuse legislation for Vatican City

Vatican City - Pope Francis issued stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees on Friday, as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests.

Pope to broaden Muslim dialogue with Morocco visit

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Morocco on Saturday, the first pope to do so in 35 years, with interreligious dialogue and immigration on the agenda.

Pope resisted ring-kissing for fear of germs

Vatican City - Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs, the Vatican said Thursday in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.

Chile orders Church to pay damages to ex-priest's victims

Santiago - A court in Chile on Wednesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around $440,000 to the victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

Mexican president sees 'overreaction' in conquest apology row

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday there had been an "overreaction" to his request that Spain and the pope apologize for the conquest of the Americas.

Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius in September

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to visit flood-ravaged Mozambique and Indian Ocean nations Madagascar and Mauritius in September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

Morocco's diverse Catholic community awaits Pope Francis

Rabat - Ahead of Pope Francis arriving in Morocco, the country's small and diverse Catholic community gathered excitedly at Rabat's cathedral to get their hands on tickets to see the pontiff."We're lucky!

Anger in Spain, eyerolls in Mexico over conquest row

Mexico - The Mexican president's demand for an apology over the "abuses" of colonialism drew opposite reactions across the Atlantic Tuesday -- anger in a Spain still proud of its imperial glory, and eyerolls in Mexico.

Mexico demands apology for colonial 'abuses,' Spain says no

Madrid - The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest have been ripped open afresh with Mexico's president urging Spain and the Vatican to apologise for their "abuses" -- a request Madrid said it "firmly rejects".

Mexico demands apology for colonial 'abuses,' Spain hits back

Mexico - The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest were ripped open afresh on Monday when Mexico's president urged Spain and the Vatican to apologize for their "abuses" -- a request Madrid said it "firmly rejects.

French sex abuse victims seek answers from top Vatican official

Lyon - A paedophilia victims' group is calling for a Vatican cardinal to be stripped of his immunity so he can face prosecution over the cover-up of alleged sex abuse by a French priest, one of the victims said Wednesday The announcement comes a day after Pop...

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France's highest-ranking Catholic official, who was expected to tender his resignation after receiving a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his au...

France demands Vatican lift envoy's immunity over abuse probe

Paris - French prosecutors said Friday they had asked the Vatican to lift the diplomatic immunity of its envoy to France who is under investigation for alleged sexual assault.

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis Monday

Lyon - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, officials in his southeastern Lyon diocese said.

Cardinal Pell victim says 'hard to take comfort' from sentencing

Melbourne - The former choirboy molested by Australian Cardinal George Pell led the response to his sentencing Wednesday, saying it was "hard to take comfort" from his six-year jail term.

Top cardinal gets six years jail for 'appalling' choirboy abuse

Melbourne - Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was on Wednesday sentenced to six years in prison for the "brazen" sexual abuse of two choirboys, in what the judge lambasted as a "grave" abuse of power.

Judge says disgraced cardinal Pell deserves may die in prison

Melbourne - Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell "may not live to be released from prison", the judge warned a Melbourne court Wednesday as the sentencing of the 77-year-old for child sex crimes began.

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Melbourne - The sentencing of Australian Cardinal George Pell for child sex crimes will be broadcast live Wednesday in a rare move by the local judiciary, which had kept his trial under wraps for months with a draconian gag order.

French cardinal Barbarin convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - The archbishop of Lyon, the most senior French Catholic cleric caught up in the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church, was convicted of helping covering up abuse and handed a six-month suspended jail term on Thursday.

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Melbourne - Convicted Australian Cardinal George Pell faced a fresh legal challenge Thursday after a civil suit was filed against him for further alleged abuse in the 1970s.

C. Africa president meets pope, sticks by troubled peace deal

Vatican City - Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera, during a visit to the Vatican Tuesday, stood by his country's peace deal the day after several militia groups rejected it and the new government.

Vatican mulls request to open tomb in missing girl search

Rome - The Vatican may open a tomb to see if it holds the remains of a teenager who disappeared in 1983, in the latest twist in one of Italy's darkest mysteries, its spokesman said Monday.

Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open the secret archives of the wartime pontiff Pius XII in March next year, which could shed light on why the Catholic Church failed to intervene more against the Holocaust.
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Armed with ceremonial swords, these Swiss guards are entrusted with security in the Vatican.
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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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Aung San Suu Kyi receives an audience with the Pope on October 28, 2013.
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