The Vatican responds to the devastating Notre-Dame fire

Pope Francis “is praying for the French people, for Parisians and for Catholics” after the devastating fire that raged through the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city, according to a spokesman for the Holy See.

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

The Vatican, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and even the ancient Acropolis in Athens are plunged into darkness for an hour as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet’s vanishing plant and animal life.

Mexico demands apology for colonial ‘abuses’

In a speech, Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urges Spain and the Vatican to apologize for their “abuses”, ripping open afresh 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest.

Mexican president urges Spain, Vatican to recognise ‘abuses’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reopens the debate over Spain’s centuries of dominance in the New World, urging Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis to apologize for the conquest and the rights violations committed in its aftermath SOUNDBITE

Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in prison

The Vatican’s former finance minister, Cardinal George Pell, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral after a Sunday Mass in the 1990s. (March 13)

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Slovakia’s ice church draws visitors closer to heavens

Since 2013, ice sculptors have flocked to the Slovak Tatra mountain hamlet of Hrebienok every winter to build a Tatra Ice Temple, or scaled-down replica of a famous church using only crystal-clear ice blocks. This year, it’s an 11-metre (36-foot) tall version of the 16th-century Vatican basilica, complete with the imposing two half-circle wings of Bernini’s colonnade.

Top Vatican cleric Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Cardinal George Pell arrives at an Australian court. The third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been found guilty of child sex crimes in Australia, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted for child sexual abuse. IMAGES

NGO End Clergy Abuse asks Vatican to act immediately

Following a historic summit in the Vatican on the fight against paedophilia, civil society wants to ensure that the Catholic Church really implements its resolutions. The NGO ECA (End Clergy Abuse) thus presents 21 points on which the Vatican must act immediately.

Pope hosts summit on abuse where cardinal admits files destroyed

Pope Francis continues to host a landmark summit at the Vatican on fighting child sex abuse where a top Catholic cardinal admits that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed or never even drawn up in a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others. IMAGES