World | Agence France-Presse | Monday March 10, 2014
Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis did when he humbly asked the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square on March 13 last year to pray for him.
World | Reuters | Wednesday March 5, 2014
Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.
World | Agence-France Presse | Friday February 28, 2014
Pope Francis on Friday said couples whose marriages fail should be "accompanied" and not "condemned".
World | Reuters | Thursday February 27, 2014
Pope Francis, cardinals, bishops and other Holy See officials will hold their week-long Lenten spiritual retreat outside the Vatican for the first time in living memory.
World | Reuters | Tuesday February 25, 2014
Pope Francis on Monday revolutionised the Vatican's scandal-plagued finances, inviting outside experts into a world often seen as murky and secretive and saying the church must use its wealth to help the poor.
World | Reuters | Monday February 24, 2014
Pope Francis has taken his boldest step yet to overhaul the Vatican's often murky finances, creating a new department with broad powers to oversee all of its economic and administrative affairs, the Vatican said on Monday.
World | Agence-France Presse | Saturday February 22, 2014
Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new "princes of the Church."
Offbeat | Associated Press | Saturday February 22, 2014
Pope Francis has confronted temptation of an unusual sort.
World | Reuters | Tuesday February 18, 2014
A commission looking into the Vatican bank briefed Pope Francis and top cardinals on its findings on Tuesday ahead of a papal decision about what to do with the institution that has embarrassed the Holy See for decades.
World | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday February 18, 2014
A council of cardinals set up by Pope Francis to advise him on Vatican reforms began its latest meeting today to discuss how to overhaul the Catholic Church's scandal-hit bureaucracy and finances.
Offbeat | Associated Press | Saturday February 15, 2014
Pope Francis has offered some Valentine's Day advice for a lasting marriage, saying the recipe for success lies in saying three simple words: "Please, thanks and sorry."
World | Reuters | Sunday February 9, 2014
A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview.
World | Reuters | Saturday February 8, 2014
Pope Francis on Saturday told Sri Lankans living in Italy that he hoped to take up an invitation to visit their country, where the wounds of civil war still needed to heal.
World | Associated Press | Wednesday February 5, 2014
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.
World | Reuters | Wednesday February 5, 2014
The United Nations demanded on Wednesday that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report.
World | Reuters | Friday January 31, 2014
Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic.
Offbeat | Reuters | Friday January 31, 2014
He's nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.
World | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday January 29, 2014
Pope Francis is taking his place alongside the icons of American popular culture by appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.
World | Agence France-Presse and agencies | Wednesday January 29, 2014
Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him, the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican today.
World | Reuters | Monday January 27, 2014
Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.