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Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments

Australia's Catholic Cardinal George Pell arrives to give evidence to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, in Sydney on March 27, 2014. Pell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican finance ministry, said that some in the Vatican once saw accusations of child sex abuse by priests as coming from "enemies of the church to make trouble". AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Australia’s leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church’s response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass at a soccer stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Tens of thousands of Asian Catholics gave a boisterous welcome to Pope Francis on Friday as he celebrated his first public Mass in South Korea, a country with a small but growing church that is seen by the Vatican as a model for the rest of the world.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Asia’s Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject “inhuman” economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of Asia’s powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope to speak to North Korea’s ‘church of silence’

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Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal. The pope is scheduled to conduct a special Korean “peace and reconciliation” mass on August 18 at the end […]

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope to legalizing recreational drugs: Just say no

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Pope Francis is has come out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the U.S. to Uruguay and beyond.

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Little popes’ celebrate canonization of 2 popes


In celebration of the Catholic Church’s double canonization of Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II in Vatican City on Sunday, “little popes” paraded in Eastwood City in Quezon City.

Posted: April 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »