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Diplomacy blooms as China invites Vatican to garden expo

Both Beijing and the Holy See are now to have a say in appointing Catholic bishops in the Communist country, the world's most populous.

Vatican removes Guam archbishop after conviction of sexual abuse

The allegations against Anthony Apuron first emerged in 2016.

Pope promises ‘healing’ of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Abuse scandals have hit countries around the world, with lives devastated from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US.

As Xi heads to Italy, Vatican says China should not fear...

Sources say the Pope may meet Xi Jinping this week and such an encounter would be the first between a Chinese leader and a pope.

Pope arrives in UAE for historic Gulf visit, condemns Yemen war

Pope Francis says he is following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern.

Pope urges ‘fraternity’ in Christmas message

The head of the Catholic Church hopes for renewed peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly said he wants to visit Japan. He had wanted to work as a missionary there in his youth but abandoned his plan after an operation on his lung.

Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said Pope Francis should stand down for allegedly covering up for a former US cardinal who was accused of sexually molesting children and adult seminarians.

Pope urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled sex abuse and cover-up scandals.

Italian journalist named Vatican’s first lay communications officer

Paolo Ruffini from Palermo will accept the role.

France’s Macron and Pope Francis hold unusually long meeting

They spoke for nearly an hour in the official papal library in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, about twice as long as Francis usually spends with heads of state or government.

Pope’s envoys in Chile to ‘ask forgiveness’ over sex abuse

Since 2000, about 80 Catholic priests have been reported to authorities in Chile for alleged sexual abuse.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of three Chilean bishops

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops following sex abuse scandals, including Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, the city at the centre of the uproar, the Vatican said on Monday.

Activists urge oil executives to heed pope at Vatican energy conference

The conference is titled “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home”.

Feel free to breastfeed here, Pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

During the ceremony that lasted more than two hours, Francis baptized 18 girls and 16 boys, including two pairs of twins.

Topless Femen activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib

The incident happened about two hours before Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message to some 50,000 people in the square.

Pope seeks peace in Jerusalem, highlights plight of war-scarred children

The pontiff also mentioned other global flashpoints such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela, after stressing that the "winds of war are blowing in our world".

Pope urges help for poor, unwanted as Vatican lights Xmas tree

The pope said the traditional seasonal event was a sign of "compassion" and that Christmas provides a chance "to be more attentive to the needs of the poor and of those who, like Jesus, do not find anyone to welcome them".

Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people.

Short-lived ‘Smiling Pope’ takes first step to sainthood

Born Albino Luciani, the son of a bricklayer, Pope John Paul I was the last Italian pope and a particularly warm and pastoral figure.

Cardinal Pell arrives in Australia to face abuse charges

Pell has been ordered to face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing on multiple sexual assault charges related to offences allegedly committed decades ago, when he was a senior cleric in Australia.

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

Experts say Francis's latest choice of cardinals reflects his desire to reach out to the peripheries of the global Catholic community, a recurring theme of his papacy.

Pope, in year-end message, urges action on youth unemployment

The 80-year-old Francis said doors had to be opened for young people "so that they can be capable of dreaming and fighting for their dreams".

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

The new decree does however allow an exemption for "homosexual tendencies which may only be the expression of a transitory problem, such as for example that of adolescence which is not yet complete".