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Pope widens criminal punishment for child abuse in Vatican


Pope Francis on Thursday bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican and increased criminal liability for employees of the tiny city state in a legislative overhaul.

John Paul II, John XXIII to be made saints: Pope

Pope Francis gave the go-ahead on Friday for John Paul II to be made a saint and granted a rare exception for canonisation at the same time for John XXIII, who shares the current pontiff’s reformist v

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood


Pope Francis today cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonisation along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

Vatican official arrested in corruption plot


A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane.

Pope shuns palace for ‘psychiatric reasons’

Pope Francis said on Friday he had no wish to live in the apostolic apartments inhabited by previous pontiffs, “for psychiatric reasons”.

Pope ‘didn’t intend’ exorcism


The Vatican on Tuesday played down a report by Italian Catholic media that Pope Francis had carried out an exorcism on a young disabled man on Sunday that made world news.

Pope urges faithful translate Easter sacraments into daily life

Pope Francis urged the faithful to translate the sacraments they received during Easter Sunday into their daily lives as he addressed tens of thousands the day after the holiest day in the Christian calendar.

Pope Francis wants Church to ‘intensify’ dialogue with Islam

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to “intensify” its dialogue with Islam, echoing hopes in the Muslim world for better ties with the Vatican during his reign.

Defend weakest, urges new Pope


Pope Francis inaugurated his papacy on Tuesday with an address calling for the defence of the weakest in society and of the environment, saying otherwise the way was opened to death and destruction.

St Peter’s fills for Pope Francis installation

Pope Francis thrilled tens of thousands of people today gathered for his installation Mass, taking a long round-about through St Peter’s Square and getting out of his jeep to bless a disabled man in a wheelchair in the crowd.

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