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Report: Pope 'not losing any sleep' over Vatican corruption

Pope Francis knows there is corruption in the Vatican but he doesn't lose any sleep over it, according to a report out Thursday in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Vatican lets homeless take shelter in church due to extreme cold

The Vatican is letting the homeless sleep in one of its churches in Rome so they can escape a cold snap, the Holy See said in a statement Friday.

Pope allows early release of priest convicted in VatiLeaks 2 affair

A Spanish priest who was the only person sentenced to jail over the so-called VatiLeaks 2 affair was granted an early release from prison by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope gets 70,000 emails, meets homeless and mulls old age on birthday

Pope Francis mused about old age on Saturday, as he divided time on his 80th birthday between sitting down for breakfast with the homeless, leading Mass with cardinals and holding regular work engagements.

Vatican sets up emails to send 80th birthday wishes to Pope Francis

People who want to wish a happy birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 80 on Saturday, will be able to send him an email and may even write their message in Latin, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope writes to al-Assad: Spare civilians, let in humanitarian aid

Pope Francis has written a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urging him to spare civilians from violence and guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid deliveries, the Vatican press office said Monday.

Vatican places migrants' boat in 2016 Christmas Nativity scene

The European migration crisis features at the centre of the Vatican's Christmas Nativity scene this year, in a display that will be inaugurated at the Vatican's St Peter's Square on Friday.

Today's Europe is lacking forward-looking leaders, Pope Francis says

Europe today has no forward-looking leaders, according to Pope Francis, who hailed the postwar generation of politicians who laid the foundations of the European Union in an interview on Wednesday.

Pope Francis indefinitely extends priests' right to pardon abortion

Pope Francis on Monday indefinitely extended a provision that makes it easier for Catholics to seek a pardon for abortion, while insisting that the practice remains a "grave sin" for the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis urges end of "terrible violence" in Syria and Iraq

Pope Francis issued a fresh call on Thursday for an end to the war in Syria and Iraq, as he welcomed to the Vatican a Christian leader from the region.

Pope meets veteran Italian abortion, divorce campaigner Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister who successfully campaigned for the legalization of abortion and divorce in the 1970s, was granted an audience by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

"We are all sinners:" Pope leads jubilee Mass with 1,000 prisoners

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica in front of more than 1,000 prison inmates on Sunday, in one of the final events of the Jubilee of Mercy, an 11-month Catholic festival that wraps up in two weeks.

Vatican chastises Catholic radio for "offensive" Italy quake remarks

Suggestions by an ultraconservative Catholic radio network that Italy has been punished by God with devastating earthquakes after legalizing gay unions are offensive and scandalous, a top Vatican official has said.

Vatican: Pope's Jubilee has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims

The Jubilee of Mercy, a year-long Catholic festival due to wrap up in two weeks, has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, a Vatican official said Thursday, dismissing claims it had been "a flop."

Pope: "disconcerting" to see male and female roles being confused

Male and female roles must be clearly defined according to traditional Christian models of family life if society is to thrive, Pope Francis warned on Thursday.

Vatican: Cremating the dead is OK, but scattering of ashes is not

Catholics must not scatter the ashes of the dead or keep them at home, the Vatican reiterated in guidelines Tuesday, which confirmed that while cremations are not banned, traditional burials are preferable.

Pope denounces Christians who don't want refugees as "hypocrites"

People who call themselves Christians but do not want refugees at their door are hypocrites, Pope Francis said Thursday, amid reports of new tragedies involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Pope: Welcoming migrants is best insurance against terrorist acts

Opening the door to migrants is the best way to prevent "hateful acts of terrorism," Pope Francis said Saturday, reiterating his concern for the millions of people who are fleeing from poverty and conflict.

Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis before huge crowd

Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who worked on behalf of the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata for a half-century, is declared a saint by Pope Francis.

"Christian hero" Mother Teresa to be be made a saint by Pope Francis

In a grand ceremony that will attract huge crowds to St Peter's Square, the nun known as the "Angel of the Poor" is set to be canonized by the pontiff who once said he dreamt of "a poor church, for the church."

Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican to meet 20 former prostitutes

Pope Francis left the Vatican on Friday to visit a Catholic charity that is giving shelter to women rescued from forced prostitution, the Vatican said in a surprise announcement.

Pope Francis sets up committee to study women deacons issue

Pope Francis set up a committee on Tuesday to look into the historical role of female assistant priests, or deacons, in early Christianity, a highly controversial topic in the male-dominated Catholic Church.

Journalists cleared, leakers convicted in VatiLeaks 2 trial

A Vatican court convicts two of the three officials who leaked confidential documents and clears the two journalists who published them, in a verdict on the so-called VatiLeaks 2 trial.

VatiLeaks journalists on trial plead innocence, verdict due Thursday

Defence lawyers representing the two journalists on trial at the Vatican for exposing embarassing information about Catholic Church finances called Wednesday for non-guilty rulings, addressing the court on the eve of its verdict.

VatiLeaks 2: What the books behind the trial say on Church finances

The Vatican is far from Pope Francis' ideal of representing "a poor church, for the poor," according to the investigative journalism books at the centre of the VatiLeaks 2 trial, expected to end Thursday.

Prosecution makes sentencing requests in controversial VatiLeaks case

Four of the five defendants on trial for leaking sensitive information about the Catholic Church's finances should be convicted and given jail terms ranging from one year to three years and nine months, Vatican prosecutors said Monday.

Vatican announces successor for scandal-tainted German "bling bishop"

Germany's so-called "bling bishop," who was removed from his post in Limburg after spending millions in church funds on extravagant home improvements, will be replaced by Georg Baetzing from Trier, the Vatican announced Friday.

Pope Francis to step into sensitive terrain with trip to Armenia

The leader of the Catholic Church will have to tread carefully as he visits a pioneer Christian nation whose people suffered mass persecutions 100 years ago and are still not living in peace.

Top Muslim cleric meets Pope Francis in historic visit to Vatican

Pope Francis on Monday received the head of Egypt's al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning, in an unprecedented visit to the Vatican that appears to draw a line under years of difficult relations between the two institutions.

Pope to canonize Mother Teresa in St Peter's Square, Vatican confirms

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be officially elevated to Catholic sainthood during a September 4 Mass in St Peter's Square led by Pope Francis, the Vatican confirmed Friday.

Pope lays out vision for multicultural, socially conscious Europe

Pope Francis on Friday invited a "weary" Europe to renew itself by opening up to migrants and granting greater economic opportunities to young generations, as he received Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize.

Pope Francis, an outsider who seeks to reawaken European spirit

This year's Charlemagne Prize, which is offered for services to promoting unity in Europe, is being given to the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina

Pope Francis to receive Charlemagne Prize for pro-Europe efforts

Pope Francis was due on Friday to be handed Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize, given each year to public figures who have made "exceptional" contributions to the cause of promoting European unity.

Pope tells teens: no need to act tough or follow fashion to be happy

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass for tens of thousands of teenagers and offered them this piece of advice: acting tough like "heroes in films" or following the latest fashions will not make you happy.

Pope to enter "hotspot" migrant centre during trip to Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis will enter one of the controversial migrant sorting centres backed by the European Union during his Saturday visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, the Vatican said two days ahead of the trip.

The Catholic Church's position on sex and the family

Marriages should last until death and abortion is not permitted. What else does the Catholic Church teach on sex, marriage and the family?

Pope Francis opens the way for less rigid approach towards divorcees

The Catholic Church cannot give up its dogmas but should be more understanding towards people, like divorcees, who lead lives that stray from its teachings, Pope Francis said in a key document Friday.

Vatican to release pope document on divorcees and homosexuals

The Vatican will unveil a papal document on Friday that is expected to soften the Catholic Church's message towards people who do not follow its teachings on family life, including divorcees and homosexuals.

Pope calls for understanding church ahead of document on divorcees

The Catholic Church needs to be in listening and understanding mode towards sinners, Pope Francis said Sunday, five days ahead of the publication of a document that may soften the Vatican's approach towards divorcees.

Pope decries "blind and brutal" terrorist violence in Easter message

Pope Francis recalled the plight of victims of terrorism and migrants and called for an end to global conflicts, in his traditional Easter day message and blessing, the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world).

Pope's global message: the Urbi et Orbi

The Urbi et Orbi message and blessing is one of the best-known rites of the Roman Catholic Church, delivered by popes at least twice a year, at Christmas and Easter.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta to become Catholic saint on September 4

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will enter the ranks of Catholic Church saints on September 4, the Vatican said Tuesday, after Pope Francis and cardinals held a consistory meeting on the issue.

Reports: Pope Francis to wash feet of refugees in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis will next week perform the pre-Easter ritual of the washing of feet in a Roman refugee centre, reports said Monday.

Pope Francis tightens controls on saint-making spending

Pope Francis has introduced stricter financial controls on the Vatican's saint-making operations, months after two books revealed that outlandish sums of money have been paid in the past to promote holy candidates.

Pope tells Catholic politicians: Stop death penalty executions

Catholic politicians should not authorize any death penalty executions this year, Pope Francis said Sunday, as he renewed the Vatican's support for a worldwide end to capital punishment.

Pope: Abortion is always evil, contraceptives may be justified

Performing an abortion is a criminal act, but using contraceptives to avoid pregnancy may be justified in extreme cases, Pope Francis said Thursday.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch "like brothers" in historic meeting

Havana/Vatican City (dpa) - Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, discussed religious and political affairs during a historic meeting Friday in Cuba to overcome a rift that had lasted over 1,000 years.

Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic meeting

Pope Francis will have an unprecedented meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, next week, the Vatican said Friday.

Pope says he "hopes for peace" as he welcomes Iranian president

Pope Francis made a call for world peace and stressed the importance of combating terrorism and arms trafficking, as he received Tuesday Hassan Rowhani, the first Iranian leader to meet a pontiff in almost two decades.

Pope to visit Sweden for 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis is to travel to Sweden in October to commemorate the birth of Protestantism, a Christian faith which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century, the Vatican said Monday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: Act soberly, be compassionate

Thousands of people attended the service, one of the grandest in Catholic Church liturgy. 

Cardinal at centre of VatiLeaks 2 scandal to return 150,000 euros

Nuzzi and Fittipaldi, whose prosecution has outraged press freedom defenders, risk up to eight years' imprisonment.

Vatican's failure to prosecute financial crimes criticized

Moneyval experts said they had questions on the capacity of Vatican prosecutors and police "to pursue financial and money laundering investigations effectively and in a timely manner."