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.

Vatican

Vatican abuse meeting: Victims demand meaningful reform

Clerical sex abuse survivors are demanding accountability for religious officials who turned a blind eye on decades of abuse.

Vatican

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

At key Vatican conference, Cardinal says files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never compiled.

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

Vatican

Pope calls for 'concrete measures' against child abuse

Pope Francis opens summit as new allegations hound Indian cardinal who organised the four-day event.

Vatican

Vatican summit on child sex abuse: Five things to know

After decades of religious figures sexually assaulting children, Pope Francis attempts to resolve crisis.

Vatican summit on child sex abuse: What to expect

Vatican

Vatican expels former US cardinal from priesthood

The former Washington archbishop becomes the highest-ranking churchman to be dismissed from the clerical state.

Religion

Pope Francis admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

The papal admission followed an outcry last week from the Vatican's women's magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns.

Pope Francis admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

United Arab Emirates

Pope Francis seeks dialogue on first trip to UAE

On a three-day visit, Pope Francis will promote a dialogue based on tolerance and peace with the Muslim world.

Pope Francis seeks dialogue on first trip to UAE

Europe

Pope: Church will 'never again' ignore sex abuse

Francis on Friday dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse.

Pope Francis urges abusive priests to turn themselves in

Sexual assault

Australian ex-archbishop cleared of child abuse cover-up charges

Philip Wilson was the world’s most senior Catholic cleric to be held guilty of concealing child sex abuse.

Australian ex-archbishop cleared of child abuse cover-up charges

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.