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

Pope Francis

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

Legislator suggests pontiff wants to visit the isolated nation soon - the first time a pope will travel to North Korea.

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

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