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Pope asks forgiveness for "evil" of priestly child abuse

Last Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014, 20:36

Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children.

I`m not a superman, Pope Francis says

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 18:48

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

Pope tells cardinals to shun intrigue, cliques of a royal court

Last Updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014, 16:45

Pope Francis urged cardinals, who make up the top echelon of the Roman Catholic Church, on Sunday to shun the intrigue, gossip and cliques typical of a royal court.

Pope`s Harley Davidson smashes expectations at Paris auction

Last Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014, 02:04

A Harley-Davidson motorbike sold at auction on Thursday for almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous owner was the pope.

Italian police find John Paul II relic discarded by thieves

Last Updated: Saturday, February 01, 2014, 19:53

Italian police have recovered part of a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II`s blood that was thrown away by thieves thinking it worthless, the Italian press reported on Saturday.

Pope looks beyond Vatican as reforms take shape

Last Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 14:04

Pope Francis has looked beyond the usual Vatican circles for new cardinals and overhauled the governance of the Vatican bank at the start of a year that heralds key reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.

US church official seeks bail; conviction quashed

Last Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013, 15:38

A Roman Catholic church official sentenced to prison for his handling of priest-abuse cases had his conviction overturned, and may soon be back before a judge for bail.

Vatican representative visits Kandhamal

Last Updated: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 23:17

Vatican representative Salvatore Pennacchio, who will attend the 75th anniversary of a restored Roman Catholic church damaged in riots in Kandhamal, visited the district on Thursday.

Diplomat replaces scandal-hit cardinal for top Vatican post

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 18:52

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin.

Church too much obsessed with gays, abortion: Pope Francis

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:27

Setting the tone for his papacy, Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice “will fall like a pack of cards” if care is not taken to balance its divisive rules on gays, abortion and contraception with the need to emerge as merciful and more welcoming place for all.

Pope seeks to align Church hierarchy with the pews

Last Updated: Friday, August 02, 2013, 14:07

Some say his trip last week to Brazil, capped by a Mass for 3 million on Copacabana Beach, and the 80-minute, unfiltered news conference on the plane back to Rome, were the real start of Pope Francis`s pontificate.

Pigs` heads left outside Islamic school, Catholic church in Sydney

Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013, 12:27

An Islamic school and a Catholic church in western Sydney have been attacked with pigs` heads.