Vatican

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

Invitation to visit was relayed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in during meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

South Korea

Visiting Vatican, South Korean president says confident of peace

Moon Jae-in to meet Pope Francis on Thursday; expected to extend invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea.

United States

Washington diocese names 31 ex-clergy accused of abuse

List released days after Archbishop Wuerl resigned includes several individuals who've been convicted.

Washington diocese names 31 ex-clergy accused of abuse

Taiwan

Taiwan invites pope to visit after landmark China-Vatican pact

Holy See is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Europe; one of only 17 around the world.

Taiwan invites pope to visit after landmark China-Vatican pact

Pope Francis

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

Legislator suggests pontiff wants to visit the isolated nation soon - the first time a pope will travel to North Korea.

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

El Salvador

An ode to Oscar Romero: 'Honoured I once ate lunch with a saint'

Slain Salvadoran priest, who was a hero among country's poor, declared a saint with six others by Pope Francis.

An ode to Oscar Romero: 'Honoured I once ate lunch with a saint'

Europe

Slain Salvadoran archbishop, Pope Paul VI declared saints

Romero was killed by right-wing death squad in El Salvador. Paul VI guided the church through tumult of the 1960s.

Slain Salvadoran archbishop, Pope Paul VI declared saints

Latin America

Slain Salvadoran priest Romero to be made saint

A champion for social justice at the beginning of country's civil war, Romero was killed during mass nearly 40 years ago

El Salvador's slain Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint

Chile

Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

An abuse and cover-up scandal has engulfed Chile's Catholic Church, with a probe identifying more than 160 abusers.

United States

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl's resignation over sex abuse cover-up

With the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church.

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl's resignation over sex abuse cover-up

Human Rights

Pope compares abortion to a mafia-style killing

Pope compares abortion to mafia-style killing, saying it is the equivalent of hiring a contract killer.

Pope compares abortion to a mafia-style killing

Talk to Al Jazeera

China and the Pope: A fresh start?

After decades of hostility, can two of the world's most opaque organisations start anew or is this path doomed to fail?

Vatican

China and Vatican agree to landmark deal on bishop appointments

In historic move, Pope Francis recognises seven Beijing-chosen bishops picked without Holy See approval.

China and Vatican agree to landmark deal on bishop appointments

Sexual assault

Dutch Catholic Church accused of covering up child abuse

Dozens of high-ranking members of the Dutch Catholic Church reportedly knew of sexual abuse and actively covered it up.

Dutch Catholic Church accused of covering up child abuse

Vatican

Church official urges pope to resign over abuse coverup

Archbishop levels 'extraordinary' allegations as Catholic Church leader visits Ireland and 'begs for God's forgiveness'.