Europe

Slain Salvadoran archbishop, Pope Paul VI declared saints

Romero was killed by right-wing death squad in El Salvador. Paul VI guided the church through tumult of the 1960s.

Slain Salvadoran archbishop, Pope Paul VI declared saints

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

Chile

Pope Francis defrocks priest at centre of Chile sex abuse scandal

As scandals rock his papacy, the Vatican says the pontiff is cracking down for 'the good of the church'.

Pope Francis defrocks priest at centre of Chile sex abuse scandal

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.

Ireland

The pope will meet child abuse survivors in Dublin. Is it enough?

Pope Francis to land in Ireland on Saturday, but the sexual abuse of children by Catholic figures overshadows his trip.

The pope will meet child abuse survivors in Dublin. Is it enough?

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'

Religion

Pope accepts US cardinal's resignation after sex abuse claims

Theodore McCarrick, who faces allegations he abused a boy in the 1970s, had already been suspended from ministry duties.

Pope accepts US cardinal's resignation after sex abuse claims

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.