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#pope francis

# pope-francis - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Former pope Benedict denies he co-authored controversial book arguing against lifting celibacy ban

While Benedict has sought to ease the crisis in the Vatican, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the former pope did co-author the book.

# pope-francis - Monday 13 January, 2020

Former Pope Benedict makes 'incredible' plea to Pope Francis not to end clerical celibacy

Francis is currently considering allowing it in remote locations, such as the Amazon, where communities seldom have Mass.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

‘Don’t bite!’ Pope negotiates papal kiss from nun after hand-slapping controversy

The image of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of an admirer last week was an instant hit on social media.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

Pope Francis apologises after slapping hand of woman who grabbed him

“I apologise for the bad example given yesterday,” Pope Francis said.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

Pope Francis says 'light of Christ is greater' than darkness 'in human hearts' in annual Christmas message

The pontiff sent well wishes to all of those living in conflict areas this Christmas time.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Vatican amends Church law to remove papal confidentiality around child sex abuse cases

The reform is part of changes being introduced by the Church today.

# pope-francis - Sunday 24 November, 2019

Pope Francis condemns nuclear weapons while visiting Nagasaki

Thousands of Japanese people came out in heavy rain to hear the pope speak.

# pope-francis - Friday 25 October, 2019

Pope Francis apologises over theft of Amazon statues from church in Rome

The pontiff asked for forgiveness and said the indigenous statues had been found.

# pope-francis - Sunday 13 October, 2019

A British cardinal who helped found UCD is to become a saint today

Pope Francis will create five new saints today.

# pope-francis - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Pope Francis hosting conference which will debate whether married men could be priests

The move is part of discussions to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon region.

# pope-francis - Monday 1 July, 2019

UCD founder Cardinal Newman set for sainthood in October

Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonised in October by Pope Francis.

# pope-francis - Thursday 9 May, 2019

Pope issues law requiring Catholic clergy members to report sex abuse - but not to police

The law declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse is obliged to report it to the Church.

# pope-francis - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'

‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.

# pope-francis - Monday 1 April, 2019

From The42 'You can't say it' - Pope Francis warns public to stop comparing Messi to God Careful Now

'You can't say it' - Pope Francis warns public to stop comparing Messi to God

The head of the Catholic Church believes that this level of adoration for the star player could be considered sacrilegious.

# pope-francis - Thursday 28 March, 2019

Vatican explains that Pope Francis withdrew his ring for hygiene reasons

The video was shared online and had gained more than 11 million views on Twitter.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral

Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.

# pope-francis - Saturday 23 March, 2019

Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases

Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up

France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys

He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.

# pope-francis - Thursday 21 February, 2019

Survivors call for 'zero tolerance' towards Catholic Church sex abuse as four-day Vatican summit gets underway

180 participants, including the presidents of 113 bishop conferences from around the world, are expected to travel to Rome.

# pope-francis - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US

It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.

# pope-francis - Monday 4 February, 2019

Pope Francis makes historic visit to United Arab Emirates

His trip culminates tomorrow with the first-ever papal Mass on the Arabian Peninsula.

# pope-francis - Saturday 2 February, 2019

Campaigner calls on Catholic Church to remove 'vagueness and ambiguity' from response to child abuse

A Protection of Minors meeting is due to take place in the Vatican later this month.

# pope-francis - Friday 4 January, 2019

Pope Francis warns of 'crisis of credibility' following church sex abuse scandal

In an eight-page letter, the pope hit out against attempts to regain church prestige through “marketing”.

# pope-francis - Monday 31 December, 2018

Vatican spokesman and deputy resign in latest staff shake-up

The Vatican has yet to give an explanation for the resignation of Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia Ovejero.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

Pope Francis attacks 'insatiable greed' in world and calls for 'fraternity' among people

Crowds came from all over the world, meanwhile, to mark Christmas Day in Bethlehem.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Taoiseach's constituency office contacted DCC over objections to Papal visit Exclusive

An objection sent to the Taoiseach said road closures inflicted ‘unnecessary hardship on local residents’.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Pope Francis removes two scandal-hit cardinals from his inner circle

George Pell and Francisco Javier Errazuriz were both removed from the C9 Council of Cardinals.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

'Pure sectarian hatred' or 'totally biased pro-Catholic coverage': Complaints to RTÉ over papal visit

Documents released show that RTÉ received nearly 1,000 pieces of “feedback” over its coverage.

# pope-francis - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Priests told to have another national collection to help make up €4m deficit in fundraising for Pope visit

Bishop Kevin Doran blamed negative media coverage in the run up to the event for the shortfall.

# pope-francis - Friday 26 October, 2018

Vatican stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become priests

The suggestion of easing the rules on celibacy was raised by the Auxiliary Bishop of Brussels.

# pope-francis - Sunday 14 October, 2018

President Higgins leads Ireland's tributes as Archbishop Oscar Romero becomes a saint Canonised This post contains videos

President Higgins leads Ireland's tributes as Archbishop Oscar Romero becomes a saint

Higgins also visited the tomb of murdered Catholic archbishop while in El Salvador.

# pope-francis - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Defrocking means the offender is forbidden from exercising any clerical duties at all, even in private.

# pope-francis - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Pope Francis compares having an abortion to hiring 'a contract killer'

Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalised abortion in his home country of Argentina.

# pope-francis - Monday 8 October, 2018

Vatican refutes claims that Pope Francis covered up US cardinal's misconduct

Pope Francis approved a study into how the US cardinal rose through the ranks of the Catholic Church despite allegations against him.

# pope-francis - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Contractor was asked to install papal road markings in Dublin for free over concerns about cost

The markings were located at the Capuchin Day Centre and read: “Welcome Pope Francis” and “Fáilte a Phapa Prionsias”.

# pope-francis - Friday 21 September, 2018

Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops over child sexual abuse scandal

An entire Chilean delegation of 34 bishops tendered their resignation to the pope in May. He has now accepted seven of them.

# pope-francis - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Bono saw 'pain' on pope's face over abuse scandals

The U2 frontman had a half-hour meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday.

# pope-francis - Thursday 13 September, 2018

US clergy tell Pope Francis that the American church is 'lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse'

The meeting was called amid a crisis of confidence in church leadership following sex abuse and cover-up revelations.

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