Pope Francis

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Victims hail the move as much overdue and say it needs to be implemented broadly.

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Pope Francis

Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons

Francis launches diatribe against both the use and possession of nuclear weapons, calling it a 'crime'.

Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons

Latin America

Two Catholic priests found guilty of sex abuse in Argentina

Court sentences Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho to more than 40 years for abusing children at a school for the deaf.

Two Catholic priests found guilty of sex abuse in Argentina

Pope Francis

'Bonds of friendship': Pope Francis heads to Thailand and Japan

Pope to visit two largely Buddhist nations to strengthen ties and reiterate call for elimination of nuclear weapons.

'Bonds of friendship': Pope Francis heads to Thailand and Japan

Asia Pacific

Australia's highest court agrees to hear Cardinal Pell appeal

Court agrees to hear final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic ever to be convicted of child abuse.

Australia's highest court agrees to hear Cardinal Pell appeal

AJ Impact

Vatican financial regulator denies wrongdoing in UK property deal

In 2014, the Vatican's Secretariat of State spent about $200m for a minority stake in a plan to buy a London building.

Vatican financial regulator denies wrongdoing in UK property deal

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.