Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon.
The 82-year-old Argentine pope, whose parents were of Italian immigrant stock, has made the defence of migrants and refugees a plank of his pontificate.
The incident caused Pope Francis to be late to his weekly Angelus prayer.
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.
The papal decree sets time limits for local investigations and the Vatican's response to them and allows for retroactive reporting. It also raises to 18 from 16 the age of adulthood in cases of sexual abuse.
France's President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the Gothic monument within five years as pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help reach some $790 million.
The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics was invited by King Mohammed VI for the sake of “interreligious dialogue”, according to Moroccan authorities.
The mandatory reporting provision marks the first time the Vatican has put into law requirements for Catholic officials to report allegations of sex crimes to police or face fines and possible jail time.
Landmark Vatican summit on fighting child sex abuse concludes with Pope Francis announcing measures to tackle paedophilia in Catholic Church. But advocates for victims say Francis merely repeated old promises.
Victims demand absolute commitment from church and Pope Francis on zero tolerance for abusive clergy and those involved in the cover-up. The supreme pontiff has admitted some of his actions contributed to the problem.
The papal admission follows a rare outcry from the Vatican's women's magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns, leaving them feeling forced to have abortions or raise children not recognised by their priest fathers.
The UAE’s continuous crackdown on political activists shows that it might not be the open society that it's presenting to Pope Francis and the world
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