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China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican

The head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong has said the Chinese government is willing to reach an understanding with the Vatican.

China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa
Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute.

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa
Cathedral service to mourn 150 victims of Germanwings crash
Cathedral service to mourn 150 victims of Germanwings crash

Germany will hold a memorial service to mourn the victims of the Germanwings crash.

Cathedral service to mourn 150 victims of Germanwings crash
Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday
Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday

The Pope led Catholics in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world at a Good Friday service in Rome.

Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

Activists lashed out at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised for getting bishops to confront "taboos."

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision
S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar
S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

The visit of the Pope Francis will recognise the vicious persecution of early Korean Catholics.

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar
Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop
Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop

Two retired military officers were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Catholic bishop during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop
Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools
Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools

Pope Francis on Saturday attended a giant rally for children and teachers from Italy's Catholic schools, with the Vatican saying that 300,000 people turned out for the event in and around St Peter's Square.

Pope attends 300,000-strong rally for Catholic schools
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church's newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history.

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans
John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans

Many Mexicans have mixed emotions about seeing the late pope John Paul II become a saint: they loved the man but feel he covered up sexual abuses by priests.

John Paul II sainthood a delicate issue for Mexicans
Now the hard work starts for superstar pope
Now the hard work starts for superstar pope

Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of.

Now the hard work starts for superstar pope
Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal left many underwhelmed, a new study found.

Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics
Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics

Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated Wednesday outside Malaysia's highest court as it took up the Catholic Church's bid to be allowed to refer to God as "Allah" in a case that has increased tensions in the multi-ethnic nation.

Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics
Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade
Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade

Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees poured into Manila Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades honouring an ebony statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers.

Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law.

Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
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Australia Church child sex inquiry urges sweeping changes

An Australian state inquiry into the handling of child sex cases by the Catholic Church on Wednesday said religious leaders trivialised the problem and recommended concealment of abuse should be a crime.

Australia Church child sex inquiry urges sweeping changes
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Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'

An appeals panel ruled Monday that a Malaysian Catholic newspaper could not use "Allah" to refer to the Christian God, in a case that sparked attacks on places of worship three years ago.

Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown.

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter's Square.

Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
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Bishops in US come out against military strikes on Syria

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States opposed military action against Syria on Wednesday, saying it would led to "unintended negative consequences."

Bishops in US come out against military strikes on Syria