• A general view of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. Picture: Pixabay.com.

    Historic Vatican fraud trial to expose London secrets

    Ex-cardinal Angelo Becciu, who served as the equivalent of a papal chief of staff for Pope Francis before being fired last year, has been charged with crimes including embezzlement and abuse of office.

  • FILE: Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the airplane heading to Iraq on 5 March 2021. Pope Francis landed in war-battered Iraq on the first-ever papal visit, defying security fears and the pandemic to comfort one of the world's oldest and most persecuted Christian communities. Picture: Andrew Medichini/AFP

    Pope updates canon law to address paedophilia by priests

    Revision of the penal sanctions within the Code of Canon Law followed a lengthy process involving input from canonist and criminal law experts and came after repeated complaints by victims of sexual abuse and others that the code's previous wording was outdated and intransparent.

  • FILE: Soon after being elected leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics in 2013, Francis vowed to continue efforts to fight corruption begun by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Picture: Andrew Medichini/AFP

    Pope tightens Vatican's anti-corruption rules

    Senior managers and administrators at the Holy See, the central governing body of the Catholic Church, will have to declare they have no convictions or are not under investigation for corruption, terrorism or exploitation of minors.

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    German Church to pay abuse victims up to €50,000

    A study commissioned by the German Bishops' Conference and released in 2018 showed that 1,670 clergymen had committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors, mostly boys, between 1946 and 2014.

  • Pope Francis. Picture: @vaticannews/Facebook

    Catholic churches across Rome shut due to virus

    The churches will reopen when a broader Italian government crackdown on public gatherings expires on 3 April, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar for Rome, said in a statement.

  • FILE: Former Pope Benedict XVI. Picture: AFP.

    Ex-pope Benedict seeks to end storm over controversial book

    Publication of extracts from the book, 'The Depth of our Hearts', by French newspaper 'Le Figaro' on Sunday set off a storm within the Vatican, with some questioning why the 92-year-old Benedict would come out of retirement to co-author a book with ultra-conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah.

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    Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity govt

    Francis spoke of the crisis in the world’s youngest country three days after its president and a former rebel leader agreed to delay forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the 12 November deadline, which itself was an extension of an original deadline last May.

  • Pope Francis visits Mozambique seeking to strengthen peace accord

    After a jubilant arrival in Mozambique at the start a three-nation African tour, Pope Francis on Thursday met with political and civil leaders to encourage them to consolidate a fragile peace accord. The pope's three-day visit to Mozambique comes a month after the government signed a historic peace treaty with the former rebel group Renamo, which is now the main opposition party.