Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

Former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican said.

Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments

Australia`s leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church`s response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Thanks for prayers for my family`s grief: Pope Francis

Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew`s wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff`s native Argentina.

God will give me two or three more years, says Pope

Pope Francis has publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.

Vatican`s approval of Iraq strikes a rare exception to peace policy

The Holy See`s ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Tomasi, this weekend supported US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants, calling for "intervention now, before it is too late".

Pope sending cardinal to Iraq to support fleeing Christians

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 to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: Official

Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said today.

Pope promises `solutions` to priestly celibacy: Report

Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.

Pope cancels Rome hospital visit at last minute

Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition".

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

The Vatican`s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

New Spanish king, queen to make debut visit to Vatican

Spain`s new King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on their first foreign trip as monarchs, the government said Friday a day after they took the throne.

Israeli and Palestinian presidents to meet at Vatican on June 8

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.

In pointed moves, Pope prays at Bethlehem wall, invites leaders to Vatican

Pope Francis made a surprise stop on Sunday at the wall Palestinians abhor as a symbol of Israeli oppression, and later invited presidents from both sides of the divide to the Vatican to pray for peace.

Pope Francis urges an end to Israel-Palestine conflict

Pope Francis Sunday afternoon urged Israelis and the Palestinians to search for a peaceful solution to their conflict.

Women in love with priests ask pope to make celibacy optional

Priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, while not a unchangeable dogma, is a tradition going back more than 1,000 years.

Israel denies sovereignty deal with Vatican on holy site

Israel said it had "no intention" of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, following protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews ahead of Pope Francis`s visit this month.

Pope Francis OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

Pope Francis has approved a miracle credited to the intercession of Paul VI and set the date for the late pontiff`s beatification for October 19, the Vatican said today.

Italian victims of priest sex abuse appeal to pope

Italian victims of priestly sex abuse have appealed directly to Pope Francis for justice, calling for a commission of inquiry into the problem in the Vatican`s backyard.

Vatican tells off US nuns for not toeing the line

The Vatican has told off the biggest association of nuns in the United States for failing to obey the administrator it installed to keep the group in line and for giving an award to a controversial theologian.

UN anti-torture watchdog grills Vatican over child sex abuse

The UN`s anti-torture watchdog grilled the Vatican on Monday over efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, as the Church defended an approach which victims said had "failed terribly".