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Pope Francis stops popemobile to comfort Chilean policewoman who fell from horse – video

Pope Francis stops popemobile to comfort Chilean policewoman who fell from horse – video

Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by. Francis stepped from his vehicle
Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander

Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander

Pontiff on allegedly complicit bishop: ‘It’s all calumny. Is that clear?’ Comments undermine church’s already shaky reputation in ChilePope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious
'Sicker than healthy': Pope blasts Latin America's corrupt politics

'Sicker than healthy': Pope blasts Latin America's corrupt politics

Pope Francis tells congregants in Peru they are ‘done for’ if they allow themselves to be led by the corruptPope Francis has taken a tough stand against political corruption before wrapping up his
Pope offers partial apology to victims but insists bishop did not cover up abuse

Pope offers partial apology to victims but insists bishop did not cover up abuse

Pontiff regrets choice of words after dismissing victims’ claimsPope says Bishop Juan Barros did not turn a blind eye to abusePope Francis has apologised for insisting that victims of paedophile
Congo steps up deadly crackdown as church joins anti-Kabila protests

Congo steps up deadly crackdown as church joins anti-Kabila protests

Clergy among hundreds detained as Catholic church leads call for president to step down Hundreds of people have been arrested in a wide-ranging crackdown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after
ABC journalist protects confidential sources for George Pell book

ABC journalist protects confidential sources for George Pell book

Material from Louise Milligan’s book on the cardinal subpoenaed as part of his defence against historical sexual offence charges Investigative journalist Louise Milligan is protecting confidential
Germany was once the witch-burning capital of the world. Here’s why

Germany was once the witch-burning capital of the world. Here’s why

In 1572, the killings began. That year, authorities in the tiny settlement of St Maximin, in present-day Germany, charged a woman named Eva with using…
Ireland lifts Good Friday ban on pubs selling alcohol

Ireland lifts Good Friday ban on pubs selling alcohol

Move welcomed by pub trade, which says Easter is a big weekend for tourism Pubs in Ireland are to be allowed serve alcohol on Good Friday for the first time in 90 years after a ban on alcohol sales on
Pope Francis sends envoy to Chile to investigate sexual abuse claims

Pope Francis sends envoy to Chile to investigate sexual abuse claims

Bishop Juan Barros has been accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priestPope Francis is sending the Vatican’s most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to
Cardinal Pell's lawyers want access to his accusers' medical records

Cardinal Pell's lawyers want access to his accusers' medical records

Pell’s legal team denies their request for access to records of those who have accused the Cardinal of sexual offences is a “fishing expedition”Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want access to the
Vatican agreement with China could 'deal blow' to Catholic church

Vatican agreement with China could 'deal blow' to Catholic church

Open letter opposes recognition of Chinese government-appointed bishops by the VaticanThe Catholic church risks damaging its moral authority and plunging its followers into confusion if the Vatican
How to celebrate Valentine’s Day without compromising your Christian faith on Ash Wednesday

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day without compromising your Christian faith on Ash Wednesday

For the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same date this year. On Feb. 14, many Christians face a…

The Woman on a Mission to Make the World Sluttier

In an era of hashtag activism, sex columnist Karley Sciortino calls for critical thinking.
Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters

Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters

He entered office on a wave of energy but, as discontent grows over his attitude to abuse scandals, Francis faces opposition on all sidesChatham House is one of the most important foreign affairs
Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers denied access to more accusers' medical records

Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers denied access to more accusers' medical records

Magistrate denies request for confidentiality reasons as Pell’s legal team prepares defence against historical sexual offence chargesCardinal George Pell’s lawyers have been denied access to further
Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church closes in tax protest

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church closes in tax protest

Religious leaders say Israeli legislation is attempt to weaken Christian presence in areaThe heads of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the holiest site in Christianity, have shuttered its
Vatican releases rare papal vestments for Met fashion exhibition

Vatican releases rare papal vestments for Met fashion exhibition

Theme of this year’s exhibition, supported by Anna Wintour, may prove most controversial yetSpanning 25 different galleries, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s forthcoming costume institute
Capitol Police arrest scores of Catholic nuns and leaders calling for immigration reform

Capitol Police arrest scores of Catholic nuns and leaders calling for immigration reform

Dozens of Catholic group and faith leaders were arrested on Capitol Hill Tuesday, after calling on lawmakers to support bipartisan immigration legislation that makes permanent protections available to
Vatican magazine tells Catholic church to stop using nuns as cheap labour

Vatican magazine tells Catholic church to stop using nuns as cheap labour

Nuns who take vow of poverty receive no pay while they cook, clean and wait on cardinals, bishops and priestsA Vatican magazine has denounced widespread exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labour
Cardinal George Pell in court to fight historical sexual offence charges

Cardinal George Pell in court to fight historical sexual offence charges

The highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual offences returns to Melbourne court Cardinal George Pell will face court in Melbourne under an intense international media glare as a