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Pope opens child sex abuse conference, promising 'concrete' remedies

6:38am EST

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis promised that concrete actions against child sexual abuse by priests would result from a conference he opened on Thursday, countering scepticism from some survivors who said the meeting looked like a public relations exercise.

Abuse victims demand to see pope, call for bishops to be fired

Feb 20 2019

VATICAN CITY Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy demanded on Wednesday to meet Pope Francis to press their call for the Church to apply a zero tolerance policy including the dismissal of bishops who covered up such offences. | Video

Catholic Church credibility on the line at abuse meeting

Feb 17 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican will gather senior bishops from around the world later this week for a conference on sex abuse designed to guide them on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church's credibility, but critics say it is too little, too late.

Exclusive: McCarrick defrocking shows 'bishops not above the law' - top Vatican investigator

Feb 16 2019

VATICAN CITY The defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a "very important signal" to the Catholic Church hierarchy that no one is above the law, the Vatican's top sexual crimes investigator said on Saturday.

Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

Feb 16 2019

VATICAN CITY Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on Saturday. | Video

'Few have too much': Pope condemns global food inequality

Feb 14 2019

ROME Pope Francis condemned unfair access to food around the world as "perverse" on Thursday, saying it threatened disaster for humanity if not remedied.

Vatican to rule next week on defrocking of disgraced U.S. cardinal: sources

Feb 11 2019

VATICAN CITY Vatican officials will meet next week to decide the fate of disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick over allegations of sexual abuse, Vatican sources said on Friday.

Venezuela opposition envoys in Rome to press Guaido's cause

Feb 11 2019

VATICAN CITY/CARACAS Envoys for Venezuela's self-declared caretaker leader Juan Guaido met Vatican officials and lobbied the Italian government for support on Monday in their quest to keep international pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Sacked cardinal issues manifesto in thinly veiled attack on pope

Feb 10 2019

VATICAN CITY A cardinal who was sacked from a senior Vatican post by Pope Francis has written his own "Manifesto of Faith," in the latest attack on the pontiff's authority by a leading member of the Church's conservative wing. | Video

Pope hopes his Arabian trip will help Islam-Christian relations

Feb 06 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis said on Wednesday he hoped his historic trip to the Arabian peninsula will help dispel the notion of an inevitable clash of civilizations between Christianity and Islam.

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Drone briefly shuts down operations at Dublin airport

Flight operations at Dublin airport were briefly suspended on Thursday due to the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield, Ireland's largest airport said, the first time such disruption has been caused at an Irish airport.