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(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled
(UPDATED) 6 Catholic dioceses in California launch a 'compensation program as an alternative to court proceedings for minors sexually abused by clergy
The Vatican says Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs. This is in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.
There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican
'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'
A man in the US says he was raped by a priest as a child and is now suing the Vatican
The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy
The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff
'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope
(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government
Jordan's King Abdullah greets Pope Francis as 'my dear friend and brother,' presenting him a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, featuring the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher
'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement
The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'
The head of the Roman Catholic Church confesses he sometimes falls asleep while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye
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
Vice President Chen Chien jen will be present for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta among other activities
Pope Francis names a former Fox News correspondent to head up the Vatican press office and appoints the tiny state s first ever female deputy spokesperson
In off the cuff remarks the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons
The 79 year old pontiff plans to visit Mexico and Poland in 2016 and continue his crusade to reform the Vatican bureaucracy
Pope Francis ushers in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift giving season and to embrace simple balanced values as violence subdues festivities in the Holy Land
The Vatican hopes that parties involved can guarantee stable and lasting peace in the southern Philippines
Will the red hatted princes of the Church and their pink sashed colleagues make time to talk about letting women into the Vatican s halls of power?
The canonization of a third Palestinian – a Salesian monk – is still under review by the Church
Born in Naga the new apostolic nuncio to Australia is 67 year old Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana
Pope Francis trip to the Philippines fulfills his dream as a young Jesuit: to serve as a missionary in Asia which he now calls a great frontier
Hailing from Bohol Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza becomes the first Filipino to represent the Vatican before the United Nations
Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East
One theory is that the blast was linked to French president Francois Hollande s visit to Rome
Watch a Filipino s campaign jingle for the jolly papal contender Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
Pope Benedict XVI s resignation is dividing many Catholics
Ettore Gotti is forced to resign as the Holy See fights a series of financial scandals