Australia

Vatican official given 6 years for 'appalling' abuse

Judge accuses high-ranking Catholic Church official of 'callous indifference' to the suffering of two boys he molested.

Australian Cardinal George Pell jailed six years for abusing boys

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

Pope Francis

Pope holds first Papal Mass on historic UAE visit

Pope Francis concludes landmark three-day visit to the UAE by holding mass attended by around 135,000 Catholics.

Pope Francis holds first Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi

Pope Francis

Pope in UAE: Reject wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya

In first-ever Arabian Peninsula visit, Pope Francis said, 'No violence can be justified in the name of religion.'

Pope in UAE: Reject wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya

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

Yemen

UN envoy warns Yemen's warring sides on failing truce

The December ceasefire that included troop withdrawals and the opening of humanitarian corridors has seriously stalled.

Yemen government, Houthi rebels meet on UN ship to discuss truce

Pope Francis

Pope appeals for Middle East peace in Christmas message

Head of world's 1.3 billion Catholics hopes for 'fraternity' among people of all walks of life in his Christmas message.

Pope appeals for Middle East peace in Christmas message

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

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

Vatican

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

Invitation to visit was relayed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in during meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Pope ponders landmark visit to North Korea after Kim invitation

South Korea

Visiting Vatican, South Korean president says confident of peace

Moon Jae-in to meet Pope Francis on Thursday; expected to extend invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea.

Taiwan

Taiwan invites pope to visit after landmark China-Vatican pact

Holy See is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Europe; one of only 17 around the world.

Taiwan invites pope to visit after landmark China-Vatican pact