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Pope sends message to Beijing, but some Chinese barred from South Korea event

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 09:00

Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul after sending an unprecedented message of goodwill to China as he flew over the country that does not allow its Catholics to recognise his authority.

Pope sending cardinal to Iraq to support fleeing Christians

Last Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014, 20:24

Pope Francis is sending a cardinal to Iraq to help thousands of Christians fleeing the rapid advance of jihadis of the Islamic State (IS), the Vatican said on Friday.

Pope begs forgiveness for `sacrilegious cult` of Church sexual abuse

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 02:27

Pope apologises for "sacrilegious cult" of Church``s sexual abuse

Pope meets Catholics sexually abused by clergy

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 19:24

Pope Francis has held his first meeting with a group of Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy.

Pope to hold first meeting with sexual abuse victims

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 09:15

Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion. <br><br> Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope`s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organised the meeting.

Pressure for talks mounts as shelling rumbles on in Ukraine

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 22:03

The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.

Vatican gives thumbs up for exorcist association

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 23:57

Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal. <br><br> The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.

Bishop in mob town seeks godfather moratorium

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 21:11

A southern Italian archbishop has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers in a bid to stem the way mob bosses uses the "padrino" system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation.

Pope, Anglican leader join forces against human trafficking

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 17:31

Pope Francis and Britain`s Archbishop of Canterbury committed their Churches on Monday to work more closely together to fight "the grave evil" of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace "undaunted in dialogue"

Last Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014, 09:53

Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people`s yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

Politics left behind as Mideast rivals head to Vatican

Last Updated: Saturday, June 07, 2014, 15:39

Israel`s government is boycotting its Palestinian counterpart with relations to a new low, and when their two presidents join Pope Francis in a Vatican prayer for peace on Sunday politics are likely to be absent.

Pope appeals world to remember Syria war victims

Last Updated: Friday, May 30, 2014, 20:48

Pope Francis warned Friday that the millions of people affected by the Syria crisis risk being forgotten because of the "globalisation of indifference" toward the conflict.