Pope Francis names 17 new cardinals

Nominees from far-flung places include 13 cardinals under 80 years old who could potentially succeed present pontiff.


Orthodox Church snubs pope on Georgia visit

Mass conducted in near-empty stadium in Tbilisi as local patriarchate declines to take part over "dogmatic differences".


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.


Pope to Italian children: Refugees are not dangerous

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


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".


Francis highlights 'mercy over judgement' for Catholics

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

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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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.