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The number of baptized Catholics worldwide has grown at a faster rate than the world's population, according to Vatican statistics. The figures are presented in the "Annuario Pontificio 2016."
While Australian abuse survivors say they faxed Francis a note, the Vatican spokesman said the pope's secretaries had not received one.
Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, Pope Francis told benefactors to forget about donating money to the church if their earnings came from mistreating others.
Even during bombings, Vatican ambassadors stay put, risking their lives while working to end what Pope Francis has termed a "piecemeal" World War III, said Archbishop Gallagher.
Australian Cardinal George Pell called for an inquiry into the leaking of accusations that he is under police investigation for the alleged abuse of minors. He called them "utterly false."
The Catholic Church is under fire for revoking the suspension of a priest in India, despite his previous extradition to the United States and conviction for sexual abuse.
Pope Francis praised the "generous service" of the former secretary-general of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and offered his condolences and prayers in the wake of his death.
Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
Pope Francis named Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, a Vatican diplomat who has served in the Russian Federation, to represent the Vatican at Geneva-based U.N. agencies and at the World Trade Organization.