The Papacy

 

Vatican defends appointing Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse.

Italy-Vatican near deal on financial information sharing - source

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican and Italy are close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and other illicit behaviour, a senior Vatican official said on Tuesday.

World, 31 Mar 2015

Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to 'today's martyrs'

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants.

World, 29 Mar 2015

Pope Francis meets homeless on private visit to Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made a surprise personal visit to 150 homeless people on a special tour of the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, in the latest nod to his vision of creating a church for the poor.

World, 26 Mar 2015

Pope Francis to visit Obama at White House on Sept 23

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will visit U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on September 23, the White House said on Thursday in a statement on the meeting, scheduled as part of the pontiff's first visit to the United States.

World, 26 Mar 2015

Vatican to give homeless private VIP tour of Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY - In Pope Francis's latest gesture towards Rome's homeless, the Vatican said on Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel.

World, 24 Mar 2015

Chilean Catholics protest naming of Bishop linked to sex abuse

SANTIAGO - Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation's most notorious paedophiles.

World, 21 Mar 2015

Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop "mothers' tears"

NAPLES, Italy - Pope Francis urged members of organised crime to turn away from violence and exploitation and stop the "tears of the mothers of Naples" after visiting one of the city's most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods on Saturday. | Video

World, 21 Mar 2015

Pope accepts disgraced Cardinal O'Brien's resignation from public role

ROME - Pope Francis has removed the rights and privileges of the former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, two years after he resigned admitting sexual misconduct with young priests decades ago.

World, 20 Mar 2015

Holocaust-denying bishop defies Vatican again with consecration

RIO DE JANEIRO - A renegade traditionalist Roman Catholic bishop, who caused an uproar in 2009 by denying the Holocaust, defied the Vatican again on Thursday by consecrating a bishop without permission from Pope Francis.

World, 19 Mar 2015

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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