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Historic first for female deacons in Vatican City

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a special commission to examine the role of female deacons in the Church, in a potentially historic opening on the possibility of women joining the clergy.

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US reporter is Vatican City spokesman

Pope Francis greets Paloma Garcia Ovejero, Vatican City’s first-ever female deputy spokesperson, at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis on Monday named a former Fox News correspondent to head up the Vatican press office and appointed the tiny state’s first-ever female deputy spokesperson.

Pope Benedict reveals how he stopped Vatican ‘gay lobby’

Pope Benedict

Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no one pressured him to resign but alleges that a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian daily reported on Friday.

Vatican gay lobby tried to influence church affairs: Pope Benedict

 Pope Benedict (Photo: AP)

Pope Benedict resigned following a turbulent papacy that included the so-call “Vatileaks” case.

Pope Francis faces flak for marriage remark

Pope Francis (Photo: AP/ File)

Pope Francis has said the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realise it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Churc

Pope Francis slams culture of shunning the disabled

Pope Francis celebrates a jubilee mass for disabled and sick people in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis has decried the pursuit for perfect bodies, saying it leads to society hiding away the disabled to avoid offending sensibilities of what he terms “the privileged few”.

Pope Francis says negligent bishops can be recalled

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in respect to child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said on Saturday in a move hiking pressure on the Church’s hierarchy.

Pope Francis mourns drowned girl, orphaned kids

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranea

Pope Francis meets cardinal in sex abuse cover-up

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis came under fire on Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in

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