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Press freedom `at stake` as Vatileaks verdict expected

A Vatican drama of sex, lies and press freedom was to peak Thursday with a verdict in the trial of two journalists and sources accused of leaking details about financial mismanagement within the Holy See.

Pope risks Turkey`s ire with Armenia trip

Pope risks Turkey`s ire with Armenia trip

The Argentinian pope is due to visit Armenia`s main genocide memorial, the Tsitsernakaberd.

Pope Francis hits out at brazen free circulation of arms

Pope Francis hits out at brazen free circulation of arms

Pope Francis on Monday hit out at the `brazen` free circulation of arms around the world, comparing it unfavourably to the bureaucratic obstacles put in the way of humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labour

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to the international community to redouble efforts to end the "modern slavery" of child labour.

Pope prays to 'convert hearts' of Islamic State jihadists

Pope Francis today asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.

Those who don''t gossip could become saints, says Pope

 People who are not gossips and don`t speak ill of others are heading in the right direction for sainthood, Pope Francis said in a sermon on Tuesday.

Pope condemns paedophilia as details of girl's death shock Italy

Though the Catholic Church itself has been rocked by its own abuse scandals, he did not mention them on Sunday as he has in the past.

 

Pope says he's willing to study women deacons, in major step

Pope Francis said on Friday that he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

There was such suffering: Pope on meeting with migrants

There was such suffering: Pope on meeting with migrants

Pope Francis spoke emotionally today of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking three Syrian families back to the Vatican.

Pope, on landmark Lesbos visit, `wants to take back refugees`

Pope, on landmark Lesbos visit, `wants to take back refugees`

Lesbos has been the first port of call in the EU for hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers fleeing war, poverty and persecution in the Middle East and Asia.

Pope Francis` words on Europe`s migrant crisis

Pope Francis` words on Europe`s migrant crisis

Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken out about the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed and divided Europe.

Pope Francis slams `rejection` of migrants, refugees in Easter message

Pope Francis on Sunday spoke out against the "rejection" of migrants and refugees during his Easter message as Europe struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

Pope Francis posted his first photo on Instagram on Saturday, a picture showing him kneeling down praying, on the third anniversary of his inauguration as Holy Father.

Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood; canonisation on Sept 4

Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood; canonisation on Sept 4

Mother Teresa, the nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor of Calcutta (now Kolkata), will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on September 4.

Pope`s record on paedophile priests tarnishes three-year report card

Pope`s record on paedophile priests tarnishes three-year report card

Pope Francis came to power promising a crackdown on cover-ups and a zero tolerance approach to abuse itself.

Pope shocked by `diabolical` attack on Yemen care home

Pope shocked by `diabolical` attack on Yemen care home

An attack on an elderly care home in Yemen killed at least 16 people, including four nuns.

Vatican cardinal denies attempts to cover up child sex abuse

 A high-ranking Vatican official said on Wednesday he should have done more to stop the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, acknowledging that he was told of at least one priest "misbehaving" with boys at an Australian school.

'Devastating' Islamist violence is uniting Christians: Pope

'Devastating' Islamist violence is uniting Christians: Pope

Today, the Pope said the Ethiopian church "had been a church of martyrs since its inception”.

Vatican says chill, Pope Francis not backing pill

The Vatican on Friday moved swiftly to dampen claims Pope Francis had signalled a significant relaxation of the Catholic Church's ban on contraception in response to an outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America.

Pope Francis ''not an actor'' says Vatican, on movie debut reports

Pope Francis ''not an actor'' says Vatican, on movie debut reports

Pope Francis is expected to appear in a spiritual film aimed at children, Italian producers said on Monday.