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  • Aug 1, 2014
  • Updated: 1:14am

Pope Francis

Brazilian crowds delight the free-wheeling pontiff

A wrong turn sent a humble Fiat carrying Pope Francis into the thick of a frenzied Rio crowd, in his first minutes back in South America since becoming pontiff. It was a nightmare for security officials, but for the clearly delighted pope just another opportunity to connect.

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 3:15am

Papal visit to Brazil set to boost hope

The first pope from the Americas, making what many hope will be a triumphant homecoming to his native continent, will find a massive audience that reflects hope for a shift in the Catholic Church and deep scepticism that he can right a social imbalance that has sent hundreds of thousands into the streets in protest.

23 Jul 2013 - 5:44am

Vatican rejects Argentina junta claims against pope

The Vatican on Friday rejected claims that Pope Francis failed to do enough to protect two priests kidnapped and tortured by Argentina’s military junta and said he had in fact helped save lives.

16 Mar 2013 - 12:44am

Taiwan President Ma to visit Vatican, Beijing grumbles

Taiwan’s leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope’s inauguration mass, officials said on Friday, prompting Beijing to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship.

15 Mar 2013 - 11:57pm

Papal name Francis honours saint who brought Catholicism to Asia

In addition to being the first non-European pope for almost 13 centuries, the new pope's choice of name sets him apart - and establishes a link to the South China coast.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:24am

Victims of clergy sexual abuse say millions of children remain at risk

Victims of clergy sexual abuse urged newly-elected Pope Francis to reform the Catholic Church and declare "zero tolerance" for sex crimes as his first official act.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:17am