Everyone from Theresa May to the Pope is being blamed.
“He wants to avoid the risk of contagion for the people, not for him.”
Footage of the Pope refusing worshippers a chance to kiss his papal ring went viral this week. We take a look at the significance of the ring and why his holiness would whip his hand away so mercilessly.
He's the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse.
The Vatican treasurer is the most senior Catholic cleric to have been charged with such an offence.
The four-day event brings together bishops, officials and experts to address the "evil" of abuse within the church.
In what is considered an unprecedented move, the Vatican is summoning senior bishops from around the world to participate in a four-day conference which will tackle sex abuse within the Church. Survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, as well as those who have spoken out against it, have welcomed Pope Francis' initiative.
US Church officials said the sexual assault claims 'were credible'.
Celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney have backed a campaign to offer the Pope a one million dollar charity donation to go vegan for Lent. The pontiff has made a number of comments about climate change, and campaigners are hoping he could influence millions of Catholic followers around the world to consider a plant-based diet.
Buy a tofu press, pontiff.