Vatican

Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint

The nun, who is a role model for millions of Catholics, is declared a saint only 19 years after her death.

Vatican

Pope to Italian children: Refugees are not dangerous

Pope Francis underscores plight of young refugees at meeting with hundreds of children at the Vatican.

Politics

Pope Francis: Being a migrant is not a crime

Pontiff urges European leaders to 'tear down' walls put up to keep refugees fleeing wars out of the continent.

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Bernie Sanders calls out capitalism at the Vatican

US presidential hopeful says global action needed to end growing poverty and "economy operated for the top one percent".

Politics

Francis highlights 'mercy over judgement' for Catholics

Papal document says individual conscience should be guiding principle in dealing with sex, marriage and family life.

Pope Francis

Pope washes feet of Muslim, other non-Catholic refugees

The traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony by the pontiff is meant as a Catholic gesture of service.

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Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Vatican said 15 victims in Rome could not meet the pontiff as they didn't make request through proper channels.

Vatican

Australian cardinal: Church 'mucked up' on sex abuse

George Pell, the Vatican's finance minister, faces grilling via video link from Australian child sex abuse inquiry.

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Pope Francis calls on Iran to promote Middle East peace

Pontiff stresses Iran's "important role" in the region during landmark meeting with President Rouhani.

Europe

Pope Francis warns about dangers of extravagance

At Vatican's Christmas Mass, leader of world's 1.2 billion Catholics deplores "intoxicating effects of consumerism and hedonism".

Religion

Vatican fires senior priest after he comes out as gay

Flanked by his boyfriend, Polish priest Krzysztof Charamsa says he wanted to speak out against church "hypocrisy".

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Pope Francis met with gay couple during US visit

Vatican announcement seeks to tamp down controversy about separate meeting with US gay marriage opponent Kim Davis.

Politics

Pope backs US-Cuba reconciliation

Vatican does not rule out a meeting with dissidents as Francis prepares to lead Mass in Havana's Revolution Square.

Europe

Pope approves fast-tracked marriage annulments

Argentinian pontiff says annulments would require approval by only one church tribunal, rather than two.

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Ex-Vatican ambassador dies before his child abuse trial

Autopsy ordered after Vatican's former envoy to Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, dies of apparent natural causes.