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Archbishop critical of Pope Francis denies wanting to topple him

19 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY A conservative Italian archbishop who has publicly criticised Pope Francis over a sexual misconduct case on Friday denied he was trying to foment an overthrow of the papacy.

Pope trip to North Korea serious possibility under right conditions: Vatican

19 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will seriously consider the possibility of an unprecedented visit to North Korea but some conditions will have to be met, a senior Vatican official said. | Video

Pope gets invite to North Korea, indicates will consider it

19 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Thursday received an invitation to visit North Korea and the pontiff indicated he would consider making what would be a landmark trip to a nation known for severe restrictions on religious practice, according to South Korean officials.

On eve of meeting pope, South Korean president speaks of peace hopes

18 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY South Korea's president spoke of "heart-warming" moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, a day before he is expected to relay an invitation to Pope Francis to visit North Korea.

Chinese bishops at Vatican meeting invite pope to make landmark visit

16 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Two Catholic bishops from China who for the first time were allowed by the Beijing government to attend a Vatican meeting have invited Pope Francis to visit their country, a Catholic newspaper said on Tuesday.

Slain Salvadoran bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI become saints

14 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century -- murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the Church's most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception. | Video

Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations

13 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops accused of molesting minors, as he tries to tackle the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals around the world.

U.S. archbishop criticised over sex abuse resigns with papal praise

12 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY The archbishop of Washington D.C. stepped down over the handling of sex abuse cases but received fulsome praise from the pope, drawing criticism from campaigners who said it showed the Catholic Church cared more for its leaders than abuse victims. | Video

Pope visit to North Korea feasible if well prepared, South Korean bishop says

11 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY A trip by Pope Francis to North Korea is "a dream that can be realised" and would be a gigantic step towards peace on the Korean peninsula, a senior South Korean bishop said on Thursday.

Pope compares having an abortion to 'hiring a hit man'

10 Oct 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to "hiring a "hit man" to eliminate a problematic person, in comments sure to be welcomed by conservative Catholics who have accused the pontiff of not speaking out enough on "cultural war" issues. | Video

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