• 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.

  • 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experts and came after repeated complaints by victims of sexual abuse and others that the code's previous wording was outdated and intransparent.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.