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Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants
'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope
In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon
'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says
The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play
As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests
The visit, to both the main island of Malta and the archipelago's island of Gozo, is the pontiff's first announced journey for 2020
The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'
'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances
French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse
In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community
Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.
Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope
Pope Francis confesses he had 'lost patience' with the admirer who had grabbed his hand
The images used in the post are old photos taken on July 28, 2016, when Pope Francis fell during the Holy Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Czestochowa, Poland
Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere
'I pray for the numerous victims, the wounded, and for their families,' says the Pope
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bloodshed
Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'
Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses
'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis
So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church
The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi
Pope Francis names Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as part of his 'Cabinet,' making Tagle one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church
The meeting occurs despite pleas that it would be totally unwise given 'the serious and grave nature of the accusations and allegations which are plaguing' the government
It will be first time for Pope Francis to lead the Aguinaldo Mass at St Peter's Basilica
Here are some highlights of the Pope's four-day trip, which capped an Asia tour that also took in Thailand
'We should not let this action be lost with the passage of time or disappear after the initial shock; rather, we should continue and sustain it,' Pope Francis says
'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff
'This place makes us deeply aware of the pain and horror that we human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another,' says Pope Francis in Nagasaki, Japan
In a video message before his visit, Pope Francis says he prays 'that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history'
'Rapid technological advancements can open up immense possibilities that make life easier, but can also result in the growth of consumerism and materialism,' the Pope cautions
Wearing headscarves and school uniforms, students assemble in a university auditorium to practice ballads specially written for the Pope, who is in Bangkok for a four-day visit
Pope Francis focuses his message on helping vulnerable children and women 'who are victims of prostitution and human trafficking, humiliated in their essential human dignity'
The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan
Francis is the first pontiff in nearly four decades to visit Thailand where the nearly 400,000-strong Catholic community makes up a little more than 0.5% of the population
A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war
The Vatican statement says: 'Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor,' adding that Rene Bruelhart's mandate had expired
Pope Francis, 82, flies to Asia on November 19, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War
'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says
Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'
'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms
Pope Francis cites the 'distorted relationship between food and nutrition' has left almost 700 million people overweight, 'victims of improper dietary habits'
Along with Newman, Pope Francis canonizes 4 others to sainthood – the highest position within the Church
'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope
Sufferers 'are often victims of violence, mistreatment and abuse that crushes their dignity,' says the Pope in a message to mark World Alzheimer's Day on September 21
Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says
(UPDATED) The pope will celebrate mass at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument, the same hillside location where John Paul II celebrated the eucharist during the last papal visit to Mauritius in 1989