Cardinal George Pell says he has been a victim of 'relentless character assassination' and vows to clear his name and return to work in Rome
(UPDATED) Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's finance chief and the highest-ranking Catholic cleric to face such charges, had been interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over the allegations
Four of the 5 new cardinals come from countries that have never had a cardinal before: El Salvador, Laos, Mali and Sweden; the fifth is from Spain
Some 400,000 pilgrims from around the world will welcome the Argentine pontiff on the giant esplanade that faces the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal
(UPDATED) The canonization of Jacinta and Francisco Marto will take place during the Argentine pontiff's visit to one of Catholicism's major pilgrimage sites
The High Court decided that holding a Mass inside court premises does not amount to a union of Church and State
The Church says Mexican authorities 'only make declarations and promises, their reactions are lukewarm and they also show fear and even worse, submission'
The President continues his word war against Catholic church leaders. While he mistrusts priests, he says he has a 'deep and abiding faith in God.'
'This data, along with all we have heard over the past 4 years, can only be interpreted for what it is: a massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers.'
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(UPDATED) The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics says he hopes for 'peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism'
The Mass is livestreamed straight from St. Peter's Basiica on midnight Vatican time (4 am Manila time)
A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support 'gay culture' from holy orders
Guam's new Catholic archbishop acknowledges that 'shocking"'child sex allegations had damaged the Church's standing in the Pacific territory
'Implement this in Manila,' Pope Francis tells Cardinal Tagle, referring to his apostolic letter closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy
The move is seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women
Three of them are from the US, while others come from corners of the world where the Catholic Church needs a boost
Since January, Chinese and Vatican officials have met at least 4 times, including in Rome, to try and resolve the delicate issue of the appointment of bishops – the heart of the dispute
(UPDATED) Pope Francis holds a public mass for the Catholic minority in Sweden, a Lutheran but secular country where same-sex marriage is allowed even for priests
Ahead of the visit to Sweden, he reiterates the importance he attaches to Christian unity at a time when both believers and belief itself are under pressure in many parts of the world
Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, authorities say
'The body is not the private property of the family. A dead person is a son of God. It is part of the body of Christ, it is part of God's people.'
Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Bangui archbishop who was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis at the weekend, leads a march for peace in a Muslim area of the capital
Pope Francis also repeats his call that homosexuals and transsexuals should be welcomed, accepted and integrated into society as much as possible
Archbishop Villegas: 'What can I do to change the downward course of my beloved Philippines?'
A Vatican administrator urges Rome to remove the head of the Catholic Church in Guam over child sex allegations, warning the scandal could bankrupt the church in the deeply religious Pacific territory
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(3rd UPDATE) 'She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime – the crimes! – of poverty they created,' says Pope Francis
The sainthood ceremony comes one day short of the 19th anniversary of Teresa's death, at 87, in the Indian city where she spent her adult life, first teaching, then tending to the dying poor
The austere persona she displayed to the world with her gaunt, masculine face, masked a lighter, albeit troubled, soul
The Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa, to be led by Pope Francis, will take place at 4:30 pm Manila time Sunday, September 4
While she is famed for her work with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata, the late missionary's origins have been hotly disputed in southeastern Europe, where she grew up
In the Indian city where she rose to fame, claims of medical negligence and financial mismanagement at her care homes threaten to cloud her legacy
A knife-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device, police say, the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country
The 13-member commission, made up of 7 men and 6 women, will examine the question with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church
Pope: 'It's not true and it's not correct (to say) Islam is terrorism... I don't think it is right to equate Islam with violence'
(3rd UPDATE) Speaking at World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis calls on tech-savvy youngsters to 'download the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary'
(3rd UPDATE) The Argentine pontiff leads prayers for the 1.1 million mostly-Jewish victims murdered at the camp
(UPDATED) Australian police say they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell with a decision on whether to press charges yet to be made
Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country
With Europe reeling from a series of terror attacks targeting civilians, Poland will deploy over 20,000 policemen and has temporarily restored border checks with EU neighbors
'I think that the Church not only should apologize... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been forced to work.'
The head of the Catholic Church in Guam has denied sexual abuse allegations after the Vatican appointed an administrator to perform his duties while an investigation is underway
'They voted for you then NOT because they do not heed the Church but because they were weary from the ineptitude PNoy's government and did not want more of the same'
'That is my fear: that our church leaders think it the better part of prudence to hold their peace while every rant, insult, and slur is sent hurtling their way'
The sinfulness of priests and bishops is not in debate. They are sinful. We are. And the Church has publicly acknowledged its sinfulness and the transgressions of its leaders.
The president-elect accuses bishops of asking for money from the government, saying it is another form of corruption
'I was invited by the Vatican exorcist to shoot and video an actual exorcism which few people have ever seen and which nobody has ever photographed,' claims William Friedkin, the director of 'The Exorcist'
(UPDATED) The pope tells reporters that his gesture is 'a drop in the ocean' but hopes that afterwards, 'the ocean will never be the same again'
Is he gay-friendly and relaxed about divorce and cohabitation? Or is the pontiff a conservative who understands the need to sidestep issues that put the Church at odds with how many believers live in the 21st Century?