Pope Francis appoints new Indian bishop

Pope Francis has named Joseph Kodakallil as Bishop of Satna in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

World mayors at Vatican seek 'bold climate agreement'

 Dozens of mayors from around the world, including India, demanded today that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks later this year, saying that may be the last chance to keep the warming of the Earth at levels safe for humanity.

Vatican finances in the red - but boosted by newly declared assets

The Holy See`s accounts remained in the red in 2014 but showed more than one billion euros in previously off-the-books assets, a statement said Thursday, following a drive to clean up the Vatican`s finances.

Vatican takes 'positive' view on Iran n-deal

 Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi on Tuesday described the agreement reached between Iran and the world powers over the country`s nuclear programme in a "positive light" and stressed the need for strong pursuance.

Pope offers Vatican assistance to Colombia peace process

Pope Francis is calling for the peace process in Colombia to go ahead and is offering the Holy See's assistance if it might help.

Vatican child sex abuse trial halted

 The trial of a former archbishop charged with child sex offences was adjourned on Saturday after the defendant fell ill hours before he was due to appear in court at the Vatican.

Ex-archbishop hospitalised ahead of Vatican paedophilia trial

A former Polish archbishop was placed in intensive care on Saturday, just hours before his unprecedented trial on paedophilia charges was due to start at the Vatican, the Holy See said.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

The first ever trial of a former Vatican official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Holy See in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

The first ever trial of a former Vatican official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Holy See in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

Pope says family separation can be 'morally necessary'
Pope says family separation can be 'morally necessary'

Pope Francis today said that it may be "morally necessary" for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church's attitude to troubled marriages.

Outreach to gay couples not on agenda for Vatican meeting

A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organisers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic.

Pope Francis to make first visit to Africa

 Pope Francis will visit the Central African Republic and Uganda from November 27 to 29 , according to a Vatican calendar made public on Friday. The visit will be the first made to Africa by the pontiff.

Vatican orders former archbishop to stand trial for sex abuse

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying for sex with minors and possessing child pornography, the Vatican said on Monday.

Isolated Putin seeks sympathetic hearing in Italy

 Vladimir Putin makes a rare international outing on Wednesday with a high-profile visit to Italy and the Vatican two days after the G7 threatened him with tougher sanctions over Ukraine.

Pope Francis foots the bill for homeless people in Rome to visit Shroud of Turin

 Pope Francis recently paid for Rome`s homeless so that they could visit the Shroud of Turin.

Vatican abuse commission keeps distance in row over Australian cardinal

A Vatican commission on sex abuse distanced itself on Tuesday from criticisms lodged by one of its members against an Australian cardinal but urged Church leaders to move swiftly to achieve justice for victims.

Vatican finance chief summoned to Australia child abuse inquiry

 Vatican finance chief George Pell was Monday called to give evidence at an inquiry into sex abuse as one of Pope Francis` commissioners for the protection of children accused him of being "almost sociopathic".

Vatican commissioner accuses Australian cardinal of "disregard" for abused children

The Catholic Church`s commissioner for the protection of children has described the Vatican`s finance chief as having an almost sociopathic disregard for abused children, accusations the Australian cardinal rejected as wrong and misleading.

Vatican discord over Australia child abuse inquiry

Vatican finance chief George Pell on Monday summoned his lawyers after one of Pope Francis` specially-appointed commissioners for the protection of children accused him of being "almost sociopathic" and said his position was untenable.