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

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

US & Canada

Pope Francis accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik denied the allegation when it was first brought to the New York City archdiocese last year.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

AJ Impact

Pope urges Silicon Valley to avoid slide towards new 'barbarism'

The Vatican is hosting Silicon Valley execs ahead of a possible papal document on artificial intelligence.

Pope urges Silicon Valley to avoid slide towards new 'barbarism'

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

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

Australia

Top aide to pope appeals child sex convictions

Former aide to pope serving a six-year sentence for sexually abusing two choirboys appears in Victoria Supreme Court.

Australian Cardinal George Pell appeals child sex convictions

Pope Francis

Pope apologises to Roma for Catholic Church's discrimination

The pontiff wraps up visit to Romania by asking the ethnic minority for forgiveness for discrimination across Europe.

Pope apologises to Roma for Catholic Church's discrimination

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

Morocco

Pope in Morocco: Protect 'multi-religious' Jerusalem

Joint statement with Moroccan king comes after US President Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel last year.

Pope in Morocco: Protect 'multi-religious' Jerusalem

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

Abuse

Chile court orders Catholic Church to compensate abuse victims

The unprecedented ruling comes amid an ongoing clerical sex abuse scandal engulfing deeply religious Chile.

Chile court orders Catholic Church to compensate abuse victims

Chile

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile Cardinal Ezzati

Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, is the seventh senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal.

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile Cardinal Ezzati