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Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis.

Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.

World, 10 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, Venezuela, 09 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, Venezuela, 09 Apr 2014

Pope expresses 'profound pain' at killing of priest in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit priest in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

World, Syria 09 Apr 2014

Dutch Jesuit priest beaten and killed in Syria

VATICAN CITY - A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the Vatican said.

World, Syria 07 Apr 2014

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative, approves reforms

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has approved a reform proposal keeping the Vatican bank operative, ending a year of speculation over whether the pontiff would close the institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

World, 07 Apr 2014

Catholic Church blasts Venezuela for 'brutal repression' of protesters

CARACAS - Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people.

World, Venezuela, 02 Apr 2014

Former Vatican bank head's lawyers threaten to sue to clear name

VATICAN CITY - In a new blow for the troubled Vatican bank, lawyers for its former head who was abruptly fired in 2012 threatened legal action on Friday to clear his name and show that he was unfairly dismissed.

Obama hears Vatican's concerns over health care, invites Pope to US

VATICAN CITY - U.S. President Barack Obama heard the Catholic Church's concerns over his health care plan while on a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, but drew a cheerful response from Pope Francis when inviting him to visit Washington. | Video

World, U.S., Politics 27 Mar 2014

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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