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Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests: Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican said on Thursday Pope Francis was on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades."Victims should know that the pope is on their side.

Pope says death penalty 'inadmissable'

Vatican City - Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible" in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican said Thursday.

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

Vatican City - Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible" in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican said Thursday.

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Santiago - Prosecutors in Chile on Wednesday said they have requested the Vatican files of nine Chilean priests being investigated for sexual abuses."The National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, today signed an official letter addressed to the Vatican (..

US cardinal caught up in abuse scandal resigns

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a prominent US cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago, the Vatican said Saturday.

Italian journalist named Vatican's first lay comms officer

Vatican City - Pope Francis has appointed an Italian television journalist as the Vatican's first-ever lay communications officer, the Holy See said on Thursday.

Pope appoints 14 new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis appointed 14 new cardinals Thursday, a diverse selection from all over the world including Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan whom he warned to avoid the kind of "palace intrigues" which have plagued the Vatican over the years.

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops after sex scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops following a child sex abuse scandal that has gripped the Latin American nation.

Pope and Macron hold 'intense' meeting at Vatican

Vatican City - French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.

Vatican visit puts Macron's religious views in spotlight

Paris - As a schoolboy, Emmanuel Macron decided he wanted to be baptised as a Catholic, despite his parents' misgivings.It was "the start of a mystical period that lasted for a few years," the French president told an interviewer during campaigning in 2017.

Vatican jails Italian priest for child porn

Vatican City - A Vatican court on Saturday jailed for five years an Italian priest who worked as a diplomat for the Holy See's Washington embassy, for possessing and sharing child pornography.

Pope Francis seeks 'unity' with non-Catholics in Geneva

Geneva - Pope Francis called Thursday for deeper unity between the Catholic Church and other Christian faiths as he visited Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, amid Christianity's waning influence in Europe.

Pope Francis to seek closer ties with non-Catholic churches in Geneva

Vatican City - Pope Francis will seek deeper relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian faiths Thursday when he meets the world's largest ecumenical community of Protestant and Orthodox churches amid waning influence in Europe and indiscriminate attack...

Pope Francis 'a strong voice' for all Christians: inter-church group

Geneva - Pope Francis's visit to Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, expresses "Christian unity", the World Council of Churches chief told AFP, insisting the pontiff's message of love and inclusion speaks across denominations.

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops, including the controversial Juan Barros, following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of three Chilean bishops including the controversial Juan Barros following a child sex abuse scandal in Chile which has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope urges oil majors to combat global warming and aid poor

Vatican City - Pope Francis asked Saturday that major oil and gas companies respect the 2015 Paris climate agreement to help protect the poor from global warming.

Pope Francis calls for dialogue in Nicaragua

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for dialogue in Nicaragua, where weeks of deadly anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 people dead.

Bishop steps down from anti-sex abuse board in Chile

Santiago - Chile's Catholic church took another blow on Saturday as the bishop leading the charge against sex abuse stepped down following more allegations of misconduct by priests.

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Santiago - Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday."Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties...

Pope to receive more victims of Chile paedophile priest

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to meet with a second group of victims of a notorious Chilean paedophile priest, the Vatican announced Tuesday, as the pontiff bids to make amends for a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

Vatican City - Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the reign of Pope Francis.

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after paedophile scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

Pope receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis began receiving Chilean bishops at the Vatican on Tuesday in a bid to address a child abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt his papacy.

Prosecutors seek media ban on trial of Papal aide Pell

Melbourne - The trial of top Papal aide Cardinal George Pell for alleged historic sexual offences could be held in secret after prosecutors on Tuesday sought a blanket ban on media coverage.

Chile bishops prepare for papal dressing down over abuse

Santiago - Around 30 Chilean bishops have begun arriving in Rome for what is widely expected to be a dressing-down by Pope Francis over years of sexual abuse within the Chilean Church.

Sexual abuse victims call for Vatican to crack down on Chilean cardinals

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest on Wednesday demanded the Catholic Church force tougher sanctions on complicit cardinals after meeting Pope Francis.

Pope aide Pell could face two trials over abuse charges

Melbourne - Top Pope aide Cardinal George Pell could face two separate trials as he fights to clear his name over historic sexual offence allegations, an Australian court heard Wednesday.

Canada presses pope over apology to indigenous communities

Ottawa - Canada is pressing Pope Francis to apologize to children who were plucked from indigenous communities and put in Catholic boarding schools where sexual abuse took place.
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