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Pope Benedict XVI defrocked child-molesting priests at a rate of more than one every two days in his last years of office, the Vatican has revealed.
The United Nations today lambasted the Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests as investigators in Geneva probe the global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.
Pope Francis continues his shake-up of the Catholic Church after sacking four cardinals from the Vatican Bank commission on Wednesday.
Holy See will be questioned on Thursday over its implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Pope Francis said the 32 babies he was baptising were "the most important people" in the chapel
Hats off to the Archbishop
Most senior Catholic in England and Wales was one of 19 new cardinals named by pontiff
Seeking damages for professional negligence, the British woman argued that the lawyers should have made it clear that a divorce would result in her marriage being terminated
The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms
Pontiff will travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan on May 24-26
Pope's comments came during a closed-door meeting of 120 superiors of religious orders at the Vatican
Germany’s left-wing Green Party among those criticising anti-Catholic demonstration as ‘disrespectful’
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Among the top twenty Independent articles you’ve been tweeting and posting on Facebook this year, there are serious reports, ferocious comment pieces, astounding research and a fair few articles that pay tribute to the adage ‘the truth is stranger than fiction.’
Francis has broken with tradition by drafting in an army of secular experts to transform the Vatican’s management. But will this radical approach help him achieve his goal of a ‘poor Church for the poor’?
Pope had gift packages delivered to the Dono di Maria homeless shelter in Rome