World | Associated Press | Monday January 26, 2015
Pope Francis has laid out his formula for fostering Christian unity: resist competing for souls and make concrete gestures of acceptance and dialogue.
World | Associated Press | Saturday January 24, 2015
Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum - and keep their egos in check - when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month.
World | Reuters | Thursday January 1, 2015
Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human trafficking, saying in his first Mass of 2015 that everyone had a God-given right to be free.
World | Associated Press | Thursday January 1, 2015
Pope Francis has presided over a solemn prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica on New Year's Eve, using his homily to stress life's fleetingness.
World | Associated Press | Thursday December 25, 2014
Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass on Wednesday in St Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Islamic militants.
World | Agence France-Presse | Monday December 22, 2014
Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican's bureaucracy today, saying some within the Church had a lust for power, were indifferent to others and suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's".
World | Reuters | Saturday December 20, 2014
Pope Francis, today, named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new Camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff.
World | Agence France-Presse | Saturday December 20, 2014
The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.
World | Agence France-Presse | Friday December 19, 2014
Calligraphers and painters will have to lay down their tools on December 31, as Pope Francis tries to ensure the Church's apostolic benedictions, which were first issued about 100 years ago under Pope Leo XIII, raise as much money as possible for the...
World | Reuters | Wednesday December 17, 2014
Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope.
Associated Press | Thursday December 18, 2014
Pope Francis is opening the doors to an earthly paradise - the working farm at the papal summer residence that produces dairy products, meat and vegetables for the pope and his staff. The Vatican is planning to open the farm at Castel Gandolfo for th...
World | 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 | 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 | Agence France-Presse | Friday November 28, 2014
The vast gates swung open and the host personally welcomed his distinguished visitor with all the pride of someone who has just acquired a new home.
World | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday November 25, 2014
Pope Francis heads to Strasbourg today for a lightning visit to the European Parliament, where he hopes to help reinvigorate a "tired" Europe, hit by economic crises and surging nationalism.
World | Agence France-Presse | Sunday November 23, 2014
Pope Francis is expected to take Europe to task over racial and religious intolerance during a visit to the European parliament Tuesday, as the crisis-hit continent battles with growing populism and the spectre of radicalisation.
World | Associated Press | Saturday November 22, 2014
Pope Francis has called for an end to the isolation and stigma of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families during an audience aimed at raising awareness about the condition.
World | Reuters | Monday November 17, 2014
Pope Francis announced on Monday that he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.
World | Reuters | Wednesday November 5, 2014
A Vatican bioethics official on Tuesday condemned the death by assisted suicide of American Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who ended her life over the weekend, as an undignified "absurdity."
World | Agence France-Presse | Thursday October 30, 2014
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
World | Reuters | Wednesday October 22, 2014
After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis.
World | Associated Press | Monday October 20, 2014
The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians...
World | Reuters | Sunday October 19, 2014
Pope Francis on Sunday closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.
World | Reuters | Friday October 17, 2014
The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people.