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post 05 February 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Child abuse and the Catholic church: is the Vatican still resisting reform?

A UN Committee say the Catholic church has proved itself neither capable nor willing to properly root out abuse.

article 05 February 2014 World, Vatican City
A mass takes place behind St Peter's statue, in the Vatican City's St Peter's Square (R)
Vatican policies 'allowed priests to rape children' - UN

A scathing UN report calls on the Vatican to "immediately remove" all clergy known or suspected of child abuse, and says the church put its reputation before the protection of children.

post 29 December 2013
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Pope Francis: revolutionary shepherd for a secular age?

If the Vatican under Pope Francis can recommit itself to helping the poor, while becoming more forgiving, then the Catholic church will have been rescued by a revolutionary with a message of simplici

video 25 December 2013 World, Italy

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Middle East, Syria & South Sudan: Pope's Xmas plea - video

Pope Francis calls for successful outcome from Middle East negotiations, peace for Syria and South Sudan, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery in his first Christmas day message.

video 26 November 2013 World, Italy

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Pope Francis and Putin meet for first time - video

Russian President Vladimir Putin pays a visit to the Vatican for talks with Pope Francis. Warning: video contains flash photography.

post 01 October 2013
Read more from Jon on Snowblog Can two old priests change the world?

Both these priests have huge mountains of prejudice and doubt to climb but Pope Francis and Iran's Rouhani may herald a more creative and hopeful era.

article 29 July 2013 World, Italy
The Pope arrives back in Rome after his Brazil trip (pic: Getty)
Pope Francis: who am I to judge gay people?

Pope Francis says gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society, although the Catholic church still considers homosexual acts sinful.

video 28 July 2013 World, Brazil

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Rockstar treatment for the Pope in Brazil - video

Papa do preach: the Pope arrives by helicopter in Brazil before addressing crowds on the beach and in front of a huge neon-lit cross.

article 18 July 2013 World, Vatican City
A new papal decree states that believers who follow this month's Rio World Youth Day online could be entitled to an
Pope to Catholics: indulge yourself with a tweet

A new papal decree states that believers who follow this month's Rio World Youth Day online could be entitled to an "indulgence", a medieval spiritual incentive that reduces your time in purgatory.