Pope Francis has set his priorities as head of the Catholic Church to paper. It enshrines his view that the Church must renew itself.
The Vatican and Beijing have announced a historic, provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in China. But critics say the deal weakens the Catholic Church's moral authority.
As he starts his tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the pontiff will find people here skeptical of his criticism of global markets, but more positive about the Church than western Europeans, writes Konstantin Eggert.
In what could be the first event of its kind, the Vatican is set to discuss the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued it for so many years. Pressure has been mounting on Pope Francis to take action.
Archbishop Carlo Vigano has launched a fresh attack on Pope Francis, urging him to resign. The accusation came as the pope concluded his trip to Ireland, where he begged for forgiveness for decades of Catholic abuse.
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