Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

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

Pope sacks Paraguay bishop in new sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis on today sacked a Paraguayan bishop who had been accused of protecting a suspected paedophile priest.

Mother Teresa 'would have scared me' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis joked during a visit to Albania that Mother Teresa would have struck fear into him if she had been his mother superior, the Vatican spokesman said on Monday.

Pope Francis denounces extremists, says religion cannot justify violence
Pope Francis denounces extremists, says religion cannot justify violence

Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

Pope Francis has called on moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held it up as a model for interfaith harmony.

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

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".

Pope arrives in Albania for one-day visit

Pope Francis arrived in Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit that will highlight the mainly-Muslim country as a model of inter-religious harmony, amid turmoil in the Middle East and rising intolerance in Europe.

Vatican shrugs off warning of IS plot against Pope in Albania

Warnings that the Islamic State organisation may be plotting to attack Pope Francis during his visit to mostly-Muslim Albania on Sunday have been shrugged off by the Vatican.

Pope approves Sri Lanka`s first saint ahead of visit: Church

The Pope has approved Sri Lanka`s first saint, an Indian missionary credited with reviving the Catholic Church on the island during persecution by Dutch colonial rulers, the church said Thursday.

Pope`s Albania visit to showcase peace between religions

Pope Francis will head to Albania on Sunday on his first trip to a European country, to pay tribute to those who suffered under Communism and praise a political system under which religions unite.

Pope Francis is target for ISIS extremists: Iraqi ambassador to Vatican
Pope Francis is target for ISIS extremists: Iraqi ambassador to Vatican

In what could draw global attention, the Iraqi ambassador to Vatican, Habeeb Al Sadr, has told an Italian newspaper that the Islamic State may target Pope Francis in bid to expand its terror wings, reports stated on Tuesday.

Petition in support of US nuns reaches Vatican

A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See, organizers said Monday.

Pope Francis marries off couples who have cohabited, had children

Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

Pope Francis marks 100 years from start of WWI

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced those who profit from the "madness" of war at a ceremony in the north west of Italy to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Goa Church crosses fingers over first Goan origin saint

Goa Church has its fingers crossed over reports in the international media which suggest that Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th century Catholic priest of Goan origin, could be canonised as Sri Lanka's first saint and Goa's first too.

Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri Lankan and Vatican officials said on Friday.

Church tells Sri Lanka not to exploit pope for polls

 The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

Pope Francis to visit European parliament on November 25

Pope Francis will speak to members of the European parliament in the French city of Strasbourg on November 25, the parliament said Thursday.

Indians-dominated Vatican cricket team ready for England tour
Indians-dominated Vatican cricket team ready for England tour

Vatican's first-ever cricket team, dominated by Indians, has been blessed by Pope Francis, days ahead of facing a formidable Church of England XI during their maiden foreign tour.

Pope calls family of slain American journalist

Pope Francis has called the family of an American journalist whose videotaped beheading by Islamic State militants has touched off torrents of outrage around the world.