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Vatican defends upcoming China deal against 'drastic' critics

Sep 21 2018

VATICAN CITY The Vatican's most senior official after the pope has strongly defended an upcoming landmark deal between the Holy See and China from criticism by those who say it will be a sell-out to the communist government.

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops following abuse scandal

Sep 21 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, the Vatican said on Friday, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual abuse scandal.

Pope to preach solidarity on Baltics visit in shadow of hostile Russia

Sep 21 2018

VATICAN CITY/VILNIUS Pope Francis will carry a message of solidarity to the Baltic nations on a visit starting on Saturday, nearly 30 years after they broke away from the Soviet Union and as they look warily toward a newly aggressive Russia.

U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

Sep 20 2018

VATICAN CITY Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. | Video

'Brothers and sisters' of the Mafia, repent, pope says in Sicily

Sep 15 2018

PALERMO Pope Francis appealed to Sicily's Mafia on Saturday to abandon a life of crime and violence, saying the island needed "men and women of love, not men and women 'of honor,'" using the term mobsters apply to themselves. | Video

Pope orders inquiry into bishop as U.S. Church leaders discuss abuse crisis

Sep 13 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of an American bishop accused of sexual misconduct with adults and accepted his resignation, deepening a worldwide clerical abuse scandal. | Video

Pope calls meeting of key bishops on sexual abuse: Vatican

Sep 12 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to come to grips with a spreading sexual abuse crisis. | Video

Italy bristles after U.N. rights chief criticises migrants' treatment

Sep 11 2018

ROME Italy sharply criticised new U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday after she announced she would send investigators to the country to check reports of racism and violence against migrants.

Italy bristles after U.N. rights chief criticizes migrants' treatment

Sep 11 2018

ROME Italy sharply criticized new U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday after she announced she would send investigators to the country to check reports of racism and violence against migrants.

Vatican preparing response to archbishop's accusations, cardinals say

Sep 10 2018

VATICAN CITY The Vatican is preparing a response to bombshell allegations made by an Italian archbishop who asked Pope Francis to step down, accusing him of covering up sexual misconduct by an American cardinal, his top advisers said on Monday.

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