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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.

Vatican laments often poor working conditions of seafarers

The Vatican says chaplains also are being denied access to crew members, many of whom are Christian and come from countries such as Ukraine and the Philippines.

Pope Francis says China talks going well, dialogue worth the risk

China's estimated 12 million Catholics are split between an underground Church that swears loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.