World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday December 18, 2014
Pope Francis's pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage.
World News | Associated Press | Tuesday December 16, 2014
The Vatican is planning to open the farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public next year, after finding success with its guided tours of the surrounding gardens, fountains and Roma-era archaeological treasures.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday December 12, 2014
Pope Francis will not meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visits Rome this weekend, a Vatican spokesman said today- a decision apparently seeking to avoid upsetting China.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 22, 2014
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, religious news agency I.Media said, citing diplomatic sources.
World News | Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday October 28, 2014
Pope Francis on Monday said the "Big Bang" theory as a model for the origin of the Universe "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of chaos, but is derived di...
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday August 19, 2014
Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday August 11, 2014
Pope Francis travels to South Korea this week with a message of peace for the divided peninsula on his first papal visit to Asia, where the Catholic Church is undergoing dramatic growth.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday July 15, 2014
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was particularly pleased with the World Cup final because there were players from his native Bavaria in the winning team but said he hoped Argentina would recover quickly, his secretary said on Monday.
AgenceFrance-Presse | Thursday July 10, 2014
Pope Francis - who is a native of Argentina - is expected to watch the FIFA World Cup final but it is unlikely that he would be joined by his predecessor - Benedict XVI who is a German.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday May 20, 2014
Barred by the Israeli authorities from returning to their village for more than six decades, the villagers made their case to Pope John Paul II in 2000, and to Benedict XVI in 2009. But nothing has changed.
World News | Associated Press | Sunday April 27, 2014
In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI honored Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes.
World News | Associated Press | Sunday April 27, 2014
Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday April 11, 2014
Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday February 28, 2014
The soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation as pope by a year, his private secretary told a German newspaper on Friday.
World News | Associated Press | Saturday January 18, 2014
A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for sexually molesting children.
World News | Reuters | Sunday January 5, 2014
Pope Francis is to visit biblical sites in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories in May, his first trip to the Christian Holy Land as pontiff and only the fourth by a pope since biblical times.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday January 1, 2014
Pope Francis on Wednesday called for greater solidarity in the world in his first New Year blessing as pontiff in front of crowds of pilgrims on St Peter's Square.
World News | Reuters | Thursday November 28, 2013
Pope Francis took on the issue of high youth unemployment in his first interview aired exclusively in his home country of Argentina on Wednesday.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Sunday October 27, 2013
Pope Francis welcomed news today that his Twitter account @pontifex had attracted more than 10 million followers.
World News | Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times | Wednesday October 2, 2013
As Pope Francis convened a closed meeting on Tuesday with eight cardinals he appointed to overhaul the Vatican, he used his second revealing interview in two weeks to make a barbed indictment of the failings of the Roman Catholic Church, calling it o...
World News | Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times | Friday September 20, 2013
Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not...
World News | Rachel Donadio, The New York Times | Monday July 29, 2013
Striking a breathtakingly conciliatory approach to a hot-button issue that has divided Catholics, Pope Francis on Monday said that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday July 5, 2013
The Vatican on Friday issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two popes said faith should serve the "common good" but restated their opposition to gay marriage.
World News | Associated Press | Friday June 21, 2013
The future Pope Benedict XVI once had some prescient words about what it's like to be pontiff: You're not doing your job unless you're being criticized.