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Pope criticises US bishops over sexual abuse scandal

Pope criticises US bishops over sexual abuse scandal

Pope Francis has accused US bishops of failing to show unity in the face of a sexual abuse crisis.

  • by Crispian Balmer

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As Pope faces critical meeting on sexual abuse, two top advisers quit
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As Pope faces critical meeting on sexual abuse, two top advisers quit

Supporters say the two media advisers had grown frustrated with seeking, and failing, to modernise the Vatican's rickety communications department.

  • by Jason Horowitz
Pope says forget greed and gluttony at Christmas, go for simple love
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Pope says forget greed and gluttony at Christmas, go for simple love

Francis lamented that many find their life's meaning in possessions when the story of Christ's birth emphasises that God appeared to people who were poor.

  • by Nicole Winfield
Pope cuts George Pell, Chilean cardinal from informal cabinet
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Pope cuts George Pell, Chilean cardinal from informal cabinet

Pope Francis has removed George Pell and a Chilean cardinal from his informal cabinet amid the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

  • by Nicole Winfield
'We're not this crazy church': Vatican audience for drug reformist
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'We're not this crazy church': Vatican audience for drug reformist

Renowned reformist Alex Wodak is used to lecturing on the world stage about the failure of the war on drugs.

  • by Angus Thompson
'No double life:' Pope tells actively gay priests, nuns to quit
LGBT

'No double life:' Pope tells actively gay priests, nuns to quit

"The question of homosexuality is a very serious one," Pope Francis says in a new book.

  • by Philip Pullella
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On Cyber Monday, pope attacks 'sickness of consumerism'
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On Cyber Monday, pope attacks 'sickness of consumerism'

Pope Francis says the "sickness of consumerism" is the enemy of generosity as he called for the faithful to give a little something to the poor. 

Pope gives his blessing to faith-based Pokemon Go

Pope gives his blessing to faith-based Pokemon Go

A mobile phone game similar to Pokémon Go has been launched to encourage young Catholics to learn more about their faith and go to church.

  • by Matthew Field
Pope is invited to North Korea, indicates will consider it
North Korea

Pope is invited to North Korea, indicates will consider it

Francis indicated he would consider making what would be a landmark trip to a nation known for severe restrictions on religious practice, according to South Korean officials.

  • by Philip Pullella
Taiwan invites Pope Francis to visit, following  landmark China-Vatican pact
Taiwan

Taiwan invites Pope Francis to visit, following landmark China-Vatican pact

Taiwan Vice-President Chen Chien-jen met Francis on Sunday and invited him to visit, but his office gave no date for the proposed visit.

  • by Christian Shepherd
Pope compares abortion to hiring a hit man to solve problems

Pope compares abortion to hiring a hit man to solve problems

Pope Francis compared abortion to a mafia-style killing on Wednesday, saying it's the equivalent of hiring a hit man to "take out a human life to solve a problem."