The world continues to await the election of the next pope. Day two of papal conclave in the Vatican has not been able to find a two-thirds majority for the next pontiff. Black smoke again from chimney of Sistine Chapel.
Italian police are hunting for clues after the discovery of a human skeleton on the grounds of the Vatican embassy in Rome. The grisly find has led to speculation about the fate of a schoolgirl who disappeared in 1983.
The head of Germany's Catholic Church has called for a debate on the celibacy requirement for priests, in response to the clergy sex abuse scandals. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said "weak excuses" were no longer acceptable.
Improved ties between Beijing and the Vatican, following a historic deal allowing joint appointment of Catholic bishops in China, have raised concerns in Taiwan that it will lose its most important diplomatic partner.
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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