The Papacy

 

Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

Vatican waters down gay references in translation of divisive paper

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Pope accepts resignation of British bishop after report of affair

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a leading British Roman Catholic Bishop who acknowledged that he had broken his vows and who was believed to have had an affair with a married woman, the Vatican said on Saturday.

UK, World, 04 Oct 2014

Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

World, 30 Sep 2014

Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people, the Vatican said on Thursday.

World, 25 Sep 2014

Vatican arrests former archbishop on paedophilia charges

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.

World, 23 Sep 2014

Pope calls for global cooperation on migration crisis

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called on Tuesday for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war.

World, 23 Sep 2014

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

TIRANA Albania - Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armour of God".

World, 21 Sep 2014

Argentine President said received Islamic State threats

ROME - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said during a trip to the Vatican on Saturday she had received threats by the Islamic State due to her friendship with compatriot Pope Francis and for recognizing both Israel and Palestine.

World, 21 Sep 2014

Pope and Argentine president 'talk finance' in private at Vatican

VATICAN CITY - Argentine president Cristina Fernandez visited Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday, where she said the compatriots talked about the global financial system and Argentina's economy over lunch.

World, 20 Sep 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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