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Top German Catholic Church official offers resignation over 'catastrophe of sexual abuse'
A top cleric in Germany's Catholic Church has offered to resign as the Archbishop of Munich, saying he shared "responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse" by church officials.
Pope Francis Updates Canon Law To Address Paedophilia By Priests
The purpose of the revision, wrote Pope Francis in introducing the changes, is "restoration of justice, the reform of the offender, and the repair of scandal."
With the appointment of a new bishop, let the healing begin in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s new bishop was reluctant to accept the role, but a reluctant leader may be the best kind. In a divided city, may he serve a bigger purpose and play a transformative role.
New Catholic bishop pledges to unify divided Hong Kong and start healing process
Observers say Stephen Chow’s measured tone and political wisdom make him a neutral figure acceptable to city’s politically divided Catholics.
Pope names new Hong Kong bishop amid tensions over city's freedoms
Pope Francis named a new bishop of Hong Kong on Monday, a long-delayed appointment that comes amid Sino-Vatican frictions and growing Western concern over human rights in the global financial hub.
Pope Francis Backs Waiving Patents On Coronavirus Vaccines
Pope Francis, who has repeatedly spoken of the need to share vaccines, condemned the "virus of individualism" that "makes us indifferent to the suffering of others".
Vatican official ‘offered call girl as thank you for £300m Chelsea property deal’
A Vatican official allegedly offered a businessman the services of a call girl as they negotiated the Holy See’s £300 million purchase of a landmark London property, according to a High Court ruling.
"Grandstanding” statement would not work over HK situation: Vatican
It is a right approach for the Vatican not to speak out over the Hong Kong democracy movement as “grandstanding” statements will not produce a positive change, according to Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican Secretary for Rel...
Pope Francis Calls for ‘New World Order’ After the Pandemic
Pope Francis said things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a “new world order.”
Pope Francis denounces extremism on historic visit to Iraq
Pope Francis has condemned extremism in the name of religion on a historic visit to Iraq where he discussed the plight of the Christian minority.
Political ‘personality cults’ are bad for democracy and rule of law, Pope says, citing events of 2020
Pope Francis condemned political cults of personality and said mature democracies must ensure the rule of law prevails over political interests, in what was widely interpreted as a condemnation of populism.
Breaking From Tradition, Pope Elects First Woman To Senior Church Post
Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019.
From spy to singer, world leaders' surprising former jobs
Everyone’s got to start somewhere, even world leaders. Yet you might be surprised by the variety of first jobs held by these prolific politicians – from comedians to composers, bus drivers to bouncers. Click or scroll through to discover...
Pope Francis, Ex-Pope Benedict Get Virus Vaccines: Vatican
It had already been reported that Francis, 84, had received the jab on Wednesday, the first day of the Vatican's vaccination drive, but officials declined to confirm the news.
Pope Francis’ personal doctor dies of Covid-19, as Pontiff misses scheduled baptism
Pope Francis’ personal doctor has died from coronavirus complications, according to the Vatican’s newspaper. It is unknown when he was last in contact with the pope, who missed a baptism ceremony hours after the news broke.
Pope is out of his mind: criticizes people going on holiday to skip Covid-19 lockdowns
In a wierd comment Pope Francis has condemned people who traveled abroad for a vacation and skipped suffering the Covid-19 lockdowns, claiming that people should suffer even if they can avoid it, just because the others are suffering too...
Church opens its doors to LGBTQI+ people
Being part of the LGBTQI+ community and a church congregation at the same time is not accepted everywhere, and particularly not in Cuba. But one church there is breaking new ground.
President Trump is most admired man in 2020, Gallup poll reveals
President Trump tops the list of the most admired man for 2020, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.
Christmas Celebrated Across The World Under Pandemic's Shadow
The pandemic has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and is still running rampant in much of the world, but the recent launching of mass vaccine campaigns has boosted hopes that 2021 could bring a respite.
World readies for Christmas under coronavirus lockdown
Pope Francis leads low-key Christmas Eve mass at St Peter’s Basilica amid coronavirus curfew rules. The usual holiday crowds are missing around the world, as pandemic forces millions to cancel plans and limit festivities.
Pope Francis Urges Covid "Vaccines For All" In Christmas Message
Vaccines were "glimmers of hope in this period of darkness and uncertainty," Pope Francis said in the annual "Urbi et Orbi" speech "to the city and the world".
Instagram model Natalia Garibotto: Pope Francis ‘like’ was good for business
Never mind the Book of Job - she’s booking jobs. Natalia Garibotto, who caused a sinful scandal when Pope Francis’ Instagram account liked a steamy photo of her, says the papal publicity gained her 600,000 followers - and now she’s makin...
Pope Francis may step down before the end of the year
Pope Francis may step down before the end of the year, according to a source close to the Vatican.
World leaders mark 5 years of Paris climate agreement with virtual gathering
While speaking at a virtual United Nations climate summit on Saturday, the UN's Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urged world leaders on Saturday to declare states of "climate emergency" in their countries to spur action to avoid cata...
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