{FD} Pope urges status quo, ‘wisdom and prudence’ for Jerusalem

Pope Francis called on Wednesday for the status quo of Jerusalem to be respected and for “wisdom and prudence” to prevail to avoid further conflict, hours before the expected announcement that the United States is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} Analysis: Face-to-face with Rohingya, pope ditches diplomacy

Pope Francis has gotten into trouble before for ditching diplomatic protocol and calling a spade a spade, most famously when he labeled the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians a “genocide” from the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.

{FD} Pope rebukes climate deniers as ‘perverse’ in Bonn message

Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such “perverse attitudes” and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

{FD} Italy, Germany defend Libyan patrols after UN criticism

Italy and Germany defended Wednesday their support for Libyan coast guard patrols returning migrants back to Libya, after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the policy as inhuman.

{FD} Pope denounces ‘shortsighted’ human activity for warming

Pope Francis on Saturday blasted “shortsighted human activity” for global warming and rising sea levels and urged leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions.

{FD} Pope seeks to defuse Korean tensions, boost nuke disarmament

Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and boost support for disarmament efforts with a Vatican conference that brings together 11 Nobel Peace prize winners, U.N. and NATO officials and a handful of countries with the bomb.

{FD} Journalist prosecuted for ‘Vatileaks’ scandal pens new book

An Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for divulging confidential documents is coming out with a new book promising to reveal fresh secrets about sex, crimes and money in the Holy See.

{FD} Iranian nuclear chief warns US: Don’t undermine nuclear deal

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency is warning the United States against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington’s global standing would suffer.

{FD} Italy urges more patrols, punishment after spate of rapes

Italian officials called Tuesday for increased police patrols, video surveillance and tougher laws to punish perpetrators after a spate of rapes renewed attention on violence against women in Italy.

{FD} Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary, without pope

Fans of the old Latin Mass are descending on Rome for their annual pilgrimage yet they are facing indifference, if not outright resistance to their cause, from Pope Francis.

{FD} Pope asks ‘pro-life’ Trump to rethink young migrant decision

Pope Francis is urging President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, saying anyone who calls himself “pro-life” should keep families together.

{FD} Pope honors ‘slave of the slaves’ in Colombia’s slave port

Pope Francis is wrapping up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to thousands of African slaves who passed through the port of Cartagena during Spanish colonial times.

{FD} Pope’s Colombia agenda: peace, ecology and the way forward

Pope Francis’ efforts to consolidate Colombia’s peace process with a five-day visit produced a result even before the trip began: a cease-fire between the government and the country’s last major rebel group.

Irish church aims to end stigma for the children of priests

Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.

{FD} Vatican court rejects motions to dismiss in hospital case

A Vatican tribunal rejected attempts by two former executives of the pope’s children’s hospital to dismiss an embezzlement case, asserting Tuesday it could prosecute them on charges they diverted nearly a half-million euros in hospital donations to renovate a top cardinal’s penthouse.

{FD} Vatican trial dawns for alleged misuse of hospital donations

Other than St. Peter’s Basilica, there is hardly better real estate in Vatican City than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the hotel that Pope Francis calls home.

{FD} Qatar stands firm, rejecting Arab demands as deadline looms

Qatar says it doesn’t fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation.

{FD} Pope declines to renew mandate for German doctrine chief

Pope Francis has declined to renew the mandate of the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, tapping instead the No. 2 to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases and guarantees Catholic orthodoxy around the world.

{FD} Pope again flexes papal muscle to keep tabs on cardinals

Pope Francis is once again flexing his papal muscle by seeking to keep tabs on cardinals who live in Rome.