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Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Some 50 witnesses for Cardinal Pell sex abuse hearing

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:32 AM

(UPDATED) The exact details and nature of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell have not been made public, other than they involve 'multiple complainants'

50 WITNESSES. Cardinal George Pell (center L) leaves after a committal hearing relating to charges of historical sex abuse at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 6, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Although attitudes to same sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions

OPPOSED. This picture taken on September 9, 2017 shows protesters holding up banners at an anti same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Peter Parks/AFP

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

On the last day of his fifth visit as pope to his native continent he reiterates calls for peace in Colombia and prays for a peaceful end to Venezuela s grave crisis

GOODBYE, COLOMBIA. Pope Francis waves just before leaving, at the Rafael Nunez airport in Cartagena on September 10, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

1.3M join pope's mass in Colombia's ex-'narco city'

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:41 AM

In Medellin he urges the Church to get out its comfort zone in order to confront challenges such as Colombia s peace process

IN MEDELLIN. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile on his way to the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport, in Medellin, Colombia, on September 9, 2017. Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

Pope backs Australian cardinal in fight against sex abuse charges

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

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

UNDER INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Vatican finance chief charged with child sex abuse

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:15 AM

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

CHARGED. In this file photo, the Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:29 AM

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

NEW CARDINALS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a meeting with new Cardinals, from right, Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Laos; Anders Arborelius, Sweden; Gregorio Rosa Chavez, El Salvador; Juan Jose Omella, Spain; and Jean Zerbo, Mali, after the ceremony of their elevation at the Vatican, on June 28, 2017. Osservatore Romano/AFP

Pope Francis to make pilgrimage to Fatima for child saints-to-be

May 10, 2017 - 2:24 PM

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

FATIMA CHILDREN. Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the 3 children whom the Virgin Mary revealed her famous '3 secrets' in Fatima, Portugal. Photo attributed to Joshua Benoliel in Ilustracao Portuguesa no. 610, 29 October 1917 / Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:01 PM

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

FATIMA CHILDREN. Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the 3 children whom the Virgin Mary revealed her famous '3 secrets' in Fatima, Portugal. Photo attributed to Joshua Benoliel in Ilustracao Portuguesa no. 610, 29 October 1917 / Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Can masses be held inside courts? SC says yes

Apr 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The High Court decided that holding a Mass inside court premises does not amount to a union of Church and State

Mexico Catholic Church says government submits to Trump 'terrorism'

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The Church says Mexican authorities only make declarations and promises their reactions are lukewarm and they also show fear and even worse submission

In this file photo, flags of the United States and Mexico wave before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte: Skip priests, go straight to God

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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

DUTERTE AND GOD. In a previous housing event, Duterte jokes he will crucify officials who delay housing projects. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

1 in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Feb 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

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

A hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, October 20, 2016. Photo by Jeremy Piper/Royal Commission

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 8, 2017

Jan 08, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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Blessing of the Black Nazarene replica in Quiapo, Manila. January 7, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Pope urges peace, comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:41 PM

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

WATCH: Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The Mass is livestreamed straight from St Peter s Basiica on midnight Vatican time 4 am Manila time

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:09 AM

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

A bodyguard stands near priests and bishops during a canonization mass led by Pope Francis on October 16, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

New Guam bishop seeks healing after sex scandal

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Guam s new Catholic archbishop acknowledges that shocking child sex allegations had damaged the Church s standing in the Pacific territory

Manila gets 1st copy of Pope's apostolic letter on mercy

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:48 AM

Implement this in Manila Pope Francis tells Cardinal Tagle referring to his apostolic letter closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

'MANO PO.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle performs a traditional expression of reverence as he greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on November 20, 2016. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope gives priests permanent right to pardon abortion

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:25 AM

The move is seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after the celebration of a mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope creates 17 cardinals, 'Princes of the Church'

Nov 20, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Three of them are from the US while others come from corners of the world where the Catholic Church needs a boost

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows archbishop of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia Anthony Soter Fernandez (L) kneeling before Pope Francis to pledge allegiance and become cardinal, on November 19, 2016 during a consistory at Peter's basilica. Osservatore Romano/AFP

China priests' fears over Vatican's Beijing olive branch

Nov 01, 2016 - 2:35 PM

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

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Greg Baker/AFP

Pope greets Catholic minority in secular Sweden

Nov 01, 2016 - 10:28 AM

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

Pope Francis waves as he arives at an ecumenical event at the Malmo Arena on October 31, 2016 in Malmo, Sweden. Emil Langvad / TT News Agency / AFP

Pope Francis takes Christian unity bid to Sweden, Protestant heartland

Oct 31, 2016 - 11:35 AM

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

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on October 19, 2016 in Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope aide interviewed by Australia police over abuse claims

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims authorities say

Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:20 AM

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

A picture shows St Peter's square and the basilica during sunset on March 29, 2014 at the Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Central Africa's first Catholic cardinal marches for peace

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:36 AM

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

This file photo taken on March 31, 2014 shows Bangui's Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga during a press conference on March 31, 2014 in Berlin. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Pope says teaching gender theory is 'indoctrination'

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Pope Francis also repeats his call that homosexuals and transsexuals should be welcomed accepted and integrated into society as much as possible

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard a plane during his flight back from Baku to Rome, on October 2, 2016. The pontiff achieved a three day visit in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Confused and sad yet hopeful

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Archbishop Villegas: What can I do to change the downward course of my beloved Philippines?

Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Guam's Catholic Church in crisis over child sex claims

Sep 19, 2016 - 11:35 AM

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

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, in a video message released June 6, 2016. Frame grab courtesy Guam Daily News/YouTube

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Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Pope hails Teresa: Now a saint, always a mother

Sep 04, 2016 - 4:55 PM

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

Pope Francis (L) waves to faithful as he leaves after a Holy Mass and the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, on Saint Peter square in the Vatican, on September 4, 2016. Mother Teresa, the nun whose work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata made her a global icon of Christian charity, was made a saint on September 4, 2016. Her elevation to Roman Catholicism's celestial pantheon came in a canonisation mass in St Peter's square in the Vatican that was presided over by Pope Francis in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims.   / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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

VATICAN PREPS. A tapestry with a portrait of Mother Teresa hangs on the St Peters' facade prior to the arrival of Pope Francis on September 3, 2016 for a catechism with nuns of the Missionary of Charity, the Religious family founded by Mother Teresa. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Saint Teresa of Kolkata: Revered, reviled and misunderstood

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The austere persona she displayed to the world with her gaunt masculine face masked a lighter albeit troubled soul

LIVE EVENT: Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM

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

Balkan countries contest Mother Teresa's heritage

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:26 AM

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

A photo taken on April 14, 2016 shows a statue of Mother Teresa, the nun who spent most of her life caring for the sick and the poor in India, placed in Qafe Thane, near the Macedonian border. Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Mother Teresa's legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:33 PM

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

HOMETOWN PRIDE. Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity walk past the gift shop of the Mother House on the eve of the canonization of Mother Teresa in Rome, in Kolkata on September 2, 2016. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Priest injured in Indonesia church attack

Aug 28, 2016 - 3:29 PM

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

Police outside the church in Medan, Sumatra Utara, August 28, 2016. Foto oleh Irsan Mulyadi/Antara

Pope 'opens door' to female deacons with new panel

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:42 AM

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

THE VATICAN. A general view of St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis's general audience, Vatican City, September 30, 2015. Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Pope Francis: Islam is not terrorism

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:11 AM

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

Pope Francis speaks to journalists during a press conference on the plane after his visit to Krakow for the World Youth Day, on July 31, 2016. Filippo Monteforte/Pool/AFP

Use the Gospel as your GPS, Pope tells huge Mass in Poland

Jul 31, 2016 - 8:17 AM

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

NEXT HOST. Confetti falls over pilgrims on July 31, 2016 after Pope Francis (not seen) announced Panama will host World Youth Day 2019. Photo by Jacek Turczyk/EPA

Pope Francis walks alone through Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The Argentine pontiff leads prayers for the 1 1 million mostly Jewish victims murdered at the camp

SILENT VISIT. Pope Francis visits the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Brzezinka, Poland, July 29, 2016. Photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope's finance chief probed over child abuse claims – Australia

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:40 AM

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

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country

This file photo taken on June 30, 2016 shows Pope Francis greeting the crowd during a Jubilee audience at St Peter's square in Vatican.  Gabriel Bouys/AFP

World Youth Day: Pope to headline 'Catholic Woodstock'

Jul 24, 2016 - 11:42 AM

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

READY FOR WYD. A picture taken on July 23, 2016 shows the Misericordiae Campus where the World Youth Day will take place next week, in Brzegi, near Krakow. Bartosz Siedlik/AFP

Christians should apologize to gay people – Pope Francis

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:23 AM

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

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at Armenia on June 26, 2016. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican takes over as Guam archbishop faces abuse probe

Jun 08, 2016 - 12:13 PM

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

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, in a video message released June 6, 2016. Frame grab courtesy Guam Daily News/YouTube

Mayor Digong, that was not the point

Jun 05, 2016 - 9:00 AM

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