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'.

Inside Story

Can Pope Francis end abuse of children in Catholic Church?

The head of the Roman Catholic Church is on a two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland

Pope in Ireland: Sex abuse is source of pain and shame

Visit comes at the back of referendums where the Irish electorate voted to legalise abortion and gay marriage.

Pope Francis

Online database of accused Irish clergy launched

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland, list names clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

Research group launches online database of accused Irish clergy

Death penalty

Vatican declares death penalty 'inadmissible'

Pope Francis has decreed that capital punishment constitutes an 'attack' on the dignity of human beings.

Vatican declares death penalty 'inadmissible'

Vatican

Australian archbishop sentenced over abuse cover-up

Australian archbishop becomes highest ranking Catholic official sentenced in church's ongoing sexual abuse scandal.

Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced to one year for abuse cover-up

Human Rights

Pope Francis accepts resignation of three Chilean bishops

Vatican official calls move first step towards re-ordering battered Roman Catholic Church after sex abuse scandals.

Latin America

Chile's bishops offer to resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

In a leaked document, the pope blamed the Chilean church hierarchy for 'grave defects' in handling sex abuse cases.