The Vatican released guidelines for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that Cardinal George Pell knew about abuses dating back to the 1970s and kept them hidden.
While the church has a vast body of members, the pandemic is leaving one of the oldest religious institutions in financial limbo.
Scientists race to find a treatment, crews scrub everything from money to buses, and quarantines are being enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fights the spread of the coronavirus.
The landmark vote left Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting the procedures.
Violence has persisted in the country's capital since last week when President Lenín Moreno's decision to end subsidies led to a sharp increase in fuel prices.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini likes to present himself as a devout Christian but the head of the Catholic Church has taken starkly different political stances.
In 1996 and 1997 when sex abuses took place, Cardinal George Pell had just become archbishop of Australia's second-largest city and had set up a world-first compensation arrangement for victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a lightning visit to Rome, including talks with the pope, hailing efforts by the Italian government to ease sanctions despite Moscow's ongoing crisis with the West.
Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims fear attacks after Daesh-linked bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.
Officials say gunmen set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe after killing at least six congregants including a priest during mass in a Catholic church in Dablo, northern Burkina Faso.
Belgium officially acknowledges responsibility for segregation policy under which 'metis' children were seized from Congo, part of its brutal 80 years of African colonisation.
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