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# Vatican

28th November 2023
Pope Francis cancels trip to Dubai for COP28 climate talks on doctors’ orders after getting flu
Pope Francis was expected to use the platform to castigate countries for a lack of action on climate change.
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Pope Francis receiving antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, Vatican says
Francis will scale back his appointments, but does not have pneumonia or fever, officials said.
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November 2023
Transgender people can be baptised in the Catholic Church, Vatican says
The comments were made in a document responding to questions from a Brazilian bishop and approved by Pope Francis.
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October 2023
Hope, fear and change: Inside the Vatican's historic Synod as the first phase comes to an end
‘Often people have told me: “This Synod will not change anything.” Some with hope and some with fear.’
‘Medieval misogyny’: Women’s ordination group hopes something ‘tangible’ will come from Synod
Miriam Duignan of Women’s Ordination Worldwide says their mission goes beyond women being called to the priesthood.
Mary McAleese calls on Catholic Church to 'reform out-dated teachings' and ensure equality
‘We believe that the Catholic Church, which should be and could be an exemplar of equality and respect for human rights, is not,’ said McAleese.
Pope Francis signals openness to blessing same-sex unions in response to conservative cardinals
Five conservative cardinals had challenged Pope Francis to affirm Church teaching on gay people, women’s ordination, the authority of the pope and other issues.
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Pope to miss Angelus prayers tomorrow while recovering from surgery
All papal audiences have been cancelled until 18 June to give the pontiff time to recover from a three-hour operation.
Pope Francis 'progressively improving and working from an armchair’ after abdominal operation
Francis is expected to remain at Gemelli hospital in Rome for several days.
Pope Francis' operation on hernia completed 'without complications'
His surgeon said Pope Francis is awake and already cracking jokes after the operation.
Pope returns to Vatican after hospital tests following bronchitis bout
The ANSA news agency said the pope went to Rome’s Gemelli hospital this morning for checks.
Man arrested after car driven through Vatican gate and into palace courtyard
Vatican police shot at the vehicle’s tyres as it made its way into a courtyard at the Apostolic Palace.
Zelenskyy meets Pope as Germany unveils more arms for Ukraine
Pope Francis, who last hosted Zelenskyy at the Vatican in February 2020, has repeatedly called for peace in Ukraine.
Pope Francis urges prayer for 'beloved Ukrainian people' in annual Easter message
The pontiff also called for a “resumption of dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians.
'I'm still alive': Pope Francis leaves hospital following treatment for bronchitis
The 86-year-old pontiff was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday with breathing difficulties.
Pope Francis extends 2019 sex abuse law to cover lay leaders
A letter, directly sent by the pontiff, also said that vulnerable adults could be victims of predator priests
Vatican returns sculpture fragments taken from Parthenon to Greece
The fragments will be added to the collection at the Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009 at the foot of the ancient site in Athens.
Pope Francis urges end to ethnic hatred at open-air mass in South Sudan
It was the pontiff’s first visit to the largely Christian country since it achieved independence from mainly Muslim Sudan in 2011.
Pope Francis: Those criminalising homosexuality are 'wrong'
The Pontiff has written a letter clarifying his earlier comments about homosexual acts being a sin.
Cardinal Pell, whose abuse convictions were overturned, dies aged 81
Vatican news agency EWTN reported that his death on Tuesday was due to complications from hip replacement surgery.
Former Pope Benedict XVI buried in Vatican following funeral mass this morning
Police estimated some 100,000 people would attend.
Pilgrims keep streaming to Vatican to honour Pope Benedict
The former pontiff’s body is lying in state after his death on Saturday.
Tens of thousands pay tribute to ex-pope Benedict at Vatican
Today is the first day of three days of lying-in-state at St Peter’s Basilica.
Pope leads New Year's services with homage to 'beloved' Benedict
Delivering his Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, the pope bowed his head in a moment of silence.
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Irish and world leaders pay tributes as former pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95
Benedict XVI resigned as pope in 2013.
His health had been in decline, with Pope Francis calling for prayers in recent days
Benedict will be buried in the papal tombs under St Peter's Basilica
The German pope emeritus, whose birth name was Joseph Ratzinger, had been living a quiet life since his shock decision to step down
Pope Benedict XVI dead at 95: From the Nazi Youth to the papacy
Pope Benedict XVI dead at 95: From the Nazi Youth to the papacy
The German national became pontiff in 2005.
Ex-pope Benedict's condition remains 'stable', Vatican says
Pope Francis said on Wednesday his predecessor was “very ill”.
Ex-pope Benedict's health serious but stable, says Vatican
Benedict, who was the first pope since the Middle Ages to resign as head of the Catholic Church, has been in fragile health for many years.
Vatican says health of retired pope Benedict XVI ‘worsening’
95-year-old Benedict became the first pontiff to resign in six centuries when he stepped down in 2013.
Vatican to launch preliminary abuse investigation into French cardinal
Jean-Pierre Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux, admitted to a “reprehensible” act on a 14-year-old.
Pope 'concerned' after Nicaraguan bishop detained
Pope Francis said he was following “closely with concern and sorrow” the situation in Nicaragua, two days after bishop and regime critic Rolando Alvarez was detained.
Pope Francis says he may have to slow down or retire
The 85-year-old pope has been using a wheelchair more frequently due to knee pain.
Pope appoints first women to Vatican department responsible for choosing new bishops
Two nuns and a laywoman have been appointed to the Dicastery for Bishops.
Pope Francis dismisses resignation rumours
Francis also said he hopes to visit Moscow and Kyiv.
Pope Francis fuels speculation on future
Italian and Catholic media have been rife with unsourced rumours that the 85-year-old, who is suffering mobility problems, might resign.
Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals
Many of the names are figures from outside Europe, keeping with Francis’s determination to have church leaders reflect the global face of the Catholic Church.
Powerful Vatican prelate Cardinal Angelo Sodano dies aged 94
His legacy was tarnished by his support for the paedophile founder of an influential religious order.
Pope Francis apologises to Canadian Indigenous people for abuse at church-run schools
Numerous investigations into the former residential schools are underway across Canada after the discovery of mass unmarked graves.
Former pope confirms he attended meeting in 1980 about abusive priest despite earlier denial
He says an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he was not there.
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Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis runs into overtime
Biden’s support of abortion rights and same-sex marriage has put him at odds with many US bishops.