United States

Abuse claims put Catholic Church in New York City under scrutiny

Allegations raise questions about Cardinal Timothy Dolan's handling of clergy abuse scandal in United States.

Fault Lines

In Bad Faith: Child Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church

Child victims of abuse by a Catholic priest call on New York City's most influential cleric to remove him from ministry.

AJ Impact

Vatican intrigue: Security chief resigns over real estate scandal

After serving three popes over 20 years, papal bodyguard forced out by leak from raid linked to UK property financing.

Vatican intrigue: Security chief resigns over real estate scandal

Asia Pacific

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

Yao Shun ordained as bishop of the diocese of Ulanqab in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

Asia Pacific

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Former top aide of Pope Francis is the world's most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse.

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Argentina

Priests accused of abusing Argentine students on trial

Two priests and a gardener may face 50 years' jail on charges of sexually abusing deaf students in Argentina's Mendoza.

Trial begins for priests accused of abusing Argentine students

AJ Impact

Pope: World climate emergency demands 'radical energy transition'

At Vatican gathering, Catholic leader backs carbon pricing and challenges climate sceptics who deny global warming.

Pope: World climate emergency demands 'radical energy transition'

Brazil

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

Dias de Oliveira is under investigation for alleged extortion and cover-up of sexual abuse, Brazilian media reports.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop Dias de Oliveira

Vatican

Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse

New church law requires clergy to report suspicions of sexual abuse by clerics of any level.

Vatican

Pope washes prisoners' feet fifth time since election

Catholic Church leader urges prisoners to help each other instead of following inmate hierarchy as he kisses their feet.

Pope tells prisoners at foot-washing rite shun inmate hierarchy

Europe

Pope issues new legislation against child sexual abuse in Vatican

New rules require immediate reporting of abuse allegations, part of Church's efforts to address wave of scandals.

Pope issues new legislation against child sexual abuse in Vatican

Europe

France convicts top Catholic official over sex abuse cover-up

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin found guilty of failing to report the abuse of a minor by Reverend Bernard Preynat.

Australia

Prosecutor in Australia threatens journalists over Pell gag order

State prosecutor has sent letters to more than 100 media organisations and journalists over suppression-order breach.

Prosecutor in Australia threatens journalists over Pell gag order

Australia

Top aide to pope convicted of child sex crimes in Australia

Cardinal George Pell found guilty in December of abusing two choirboys in 1996.

Vatican

Pope calls for 'all-out battle' against child sex abuse

Pope's speech lacked concrete measures except for a pledge to toughen laws against online child pornography.