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

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