Pope Francis

Pope Francis to visit UAE in historic trip to the Gulf

Pontiff to become first Catholic Church leader to visit the Gulf region following Emirati crown prince's invitation.

Pope Francis to visit UAE in historic trip to the Gulf

Europe

French priest and bishop convicted over sexual abuse of minors

The convictions are the latest in a series of sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Vatican.

French priest and bishop convicted over sexual abuse of minors

Europe

Vatican delays taking action on sexual abuse by priests

Conference of Catholic Bishops told to wait until next year to ensure more oversight and accountability.

France

French bishops set up 'independent' panel into child sex abuse

The panel would seek 'to understand the reasons which led to the way these affairs were handled'.

French bishops set up 'independent' panel into child sex abuse

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