Pope Francis

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee who took his hand

Francis apologises for hitting the hand of a woman who was excited to meet the Catholic leader.

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee who took his hand

Religion

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Pontiff leads Christmas celebrations with talk of hope as he rounds off difficult year for Catholic church.

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Pope Francis

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Victims hail the move as much overdue and say it needs to be implemented broadly.

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

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Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons

Francis launches diatribe against both the use and possession of nuclear weapons, calling it a 'crime'.

Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons

Latin America

Two Catholic priests found guilty of sex abuse in Argentina

Court sentences Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho to more than 40 years for abusing children at a school for the deaf.

Two Catholic priests found guilty of sex abuse in Argentina

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'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

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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.