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Freed from elevator, pope names new cardinals from Muslim, developing countries

After being trapped in an elevator due to a power outage, Pope Francis made it to his weekly Angelus prayers. There, he announced 13 new cardinals from the periphery of the church, some of whom have worked with refugees.

Pope Francis stuck in elevator for 25 minutes in Vatican, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis explained that there had been a electrical power problem in the Vatican and that he had been stuck in the elevator until freed by Vatican fire officers. "A round of applause for the fire brigade," he told the crowd.


Search for missing Italian teenager leads to empty tombs

It was yet another strange turn for a family that has suffered false leads, red herrings and intense media attention since the girl, Emanuela Orlandi, disappeared at age 15 on June 22, 1983.

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell's child sex offence conviction should stand: Prosecutor

George Pell, the highest-ranking Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of child sex offences, is mainly appealing on the grounds that the verdicts were unreasonable.

Pope visits Romania 20 years after John Paul's historic trip

Francis' visit starting Friday comes on the heels of the European Parliament elections that hollowed out the political middle in the bloc, and Francis is expected to speak about issues confronting the continent during the trip.

After Cardinal Pell's conviction for child abuse, Vatican insists on his right to defend

Vatican insists on Australian Cardinal George Pell's right to further defend himself after being convicted of molesting two choirboys in his homeland, but said Pope Francis was keeping in place local church restrictions.


The Vatican spokeman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resign suddenly

Francis named a member of the Vatican's communications office, Alessandro Gisotti, as an interim replacement.

Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations

Last month Francis defrocked Father Fernando Karadima, an 88-year-old Chilean priest who sexually abused teenage boys over a period of many years and is at the centre of a wider abuse scandal that is still being investigated.

Pope Francis hears the sufferings of Ireland's abused, and vows to speak

Upon arriving in Ireland, Pope Francis sought to respond to the outcry over the US and global sex abuse and cover-up scandal during a speech to Irish government authorities at Dublin Castle.

Pope accepts resignation of Australian bishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up

It was the second major announcement of a sex abuse-related resignation in as many days, suggesting Francis is keen to show he's getting tough on the issue.