Pope hops off popemobile for 'selfies'

2014-04-13 18:00

Not only speaking off the cuff during Palm Sunday at St Peters Square, Pope Francis has also hopped off his popemobile for "selfies" with young people.

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

2014-04-11 14:57

Pope Francis has personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

Pope accepts resignation of 'bling bishop'

2014-03-26 14:27

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican says.

Pope Francis defends 'slum priests'

2014-03-14 10:29

Pope Francis has defended "slum priests" from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

Pope Francis: the man who won the world in 5min

2014-03-10 11:40

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis, a year since his election.

Pope confesses to pilfering cross

2014-03-06 20:58

Pope Francis has revealed he had succumbed to "that thief in all of us" and broke the seventh commandment by stealing a small cross from the coffin of a priest so he could remember the man.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

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.

US preps tough response for Russia over Ukraine

2014-03-03 07:36

Western powers have prepared a tough response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine and warned that Moscow could face economic penalties, and diplomatic isolation.

Pope to hold retreat outside Vatican - a first

2014-02-27 21:06

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.

Pope wants new finance department

2014-02-24 15:01

Pope Francis has ordered a new Vatican department to be created to supervise all the tiny city state's economic and administrative affairs.

Pope's Harley sells to mystery buyer

2014-02-06 21:17

A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis has been sold for €241 500, 16 times its highest original valuation.

UN demands Vatican act on child sex abuse

2014-02-05 17:03

The UN has demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented report.

Queen Elizabeth II to meet pope at Vatican

2014-02-04 14:04

Queen Elizabeth II will meet Pope Francis for the first time when she visits Rome in April as a guest of the Italian president, Buckingham Palace says.

You've got mail, Pope Francis, lots of it

2014-01-31 15:21

Pope Francis receives so many letters a year, from people who mostly request comfort and prayer, the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

Ukraine justice ministry seized

2014-01-27 10:04

Ukraine has threatened to impose a state of emergency after demonstrators occupied the justice ministry and protests demanding the president's resignation spread despite a power-share offer.

Pope says internet 'gift from God'

2014-01-23 20:41

Pope Francis has described the Internet as "a gift from God" and called on Catholics to "boldly become citizens of the digital world".

Cardinal: Homosexuality is a defect

2014-01-20 20:28

Pope Francis' newly chosen Spanish cardinal has described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.

Victims hope probe will stem sex abuse by priests

2014-01-14 21:49

Victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have said they hoped UN scrutiny of the Vatican would help finally to hold perpetrators to account and halt violations.

Pope warns cardinals to avoid 'worldliness'

2014-01-13 15:59

Pope Francis has written to the cardinals he is preparing to appoint next month, warning them to steer clear of "worldliness" and "celebrations".

Pope stresses strength, hope in new year

2014-01-01 13:23

Pope Francis is offering "words of strength, courage and hope" as the world begins a new year.

The idolatry of money

2013-12-30 08:33

Mandi Smallhorne reflects on the business views of Pope Francis.

Fighting rages in South Sudan oil regions

2013-12-26 17:00

Heavy fighting between government forces and rebels are raging in South Sudan's key oil-producing north, officials say, as Kenya and Ethiopia try to broker an end to the civil war.

Be peacemakers all, says Pope

2013-12-25 14:40

Pope Francis has called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers.

Worshippers flock to Bethlehem

2013-12-24 17:24

Thousands of worshippers and tourists from around the world have flocked to Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem, as the Middle East reels from conflicts and Pope Francis celebrates his first Christmas mass.


Pope names British woman to head academy

2014-04-12 17:00

Pope Francis has named a British sociologist to run a pontifical academy, marking the highest-ranking appointment of a woman in his papacy.

Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

2014-03-27 19:09

US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have agreed a "common commitment" to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting.

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

2014-03-27 11:20

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell has apologised to a child sexual abuse victim, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong.

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

2014-03-21 21:17

Pope Francis has warned mobsters they will go to hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power".

Pope first anniversary tweet from retreat

2014-03-13 21:04

Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church with a tweet from his retreat.

Top laymen on Vatican economic body

2014-03-09 13:44

Pope Francis has named top laymen from the worlds of finance and economics to a new Vatican Council for the Economy.

Pope popular in US but scandals cast shadow

2014-03-06 12:00

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal has left many underwhelmed, a new study finds.

Pope defends Church’s actions against sex abuse

2014-03-05 13:06

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

Divorce debate challenges Pope Francis

2014-02-28 10:21

The issue of divorce is stoking a spirited debate between Catholic cardinals and revealing the challenges for Pope Francis after his promises to align the Church with modern life.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

Benedict: One year on a changed church

2014-02-10 20:54

It is a year since then pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, and 2014 sees a changed church.

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

2014-02-06 13:03

Pope Francis came under new pressure to punish bishops who covered up for paedophile priests when a UN human rights panel accused the Vatican of protecting its reputation.

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-05 09:03

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce.

German Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-03 23:05

Germany's Catholic bishops, responding to a worldwide Vatican survey, say that many Church teachings on sexual morality were either unknown to the faithful there or rejected.

Appeals to pope over dove attack

2014-01-28 09:33

Animal rights groups have appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from the Vatican, a day after a pair of the peace symbols were attacked by a seagull and crow.

Hollande to meet pope, hopes to woo Catholics

2014-01-24 11:35

Abortion and euthanasia will be the issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande, hoping to woo back Catholic voters.

Slow down and try a little tenderness - pope

2014-01-23 16:35

The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be "a network not of wires but of people", Pope Francis says.

Vatican faces UN showdown on sex abuse report

2014-01-15 18:18

The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced to defend itself against allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children.

Pope to flog his Harley

2014-01-14 05:30

Signed "Francesco" on its tank, the 1 585 cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide that will be auctioned for charity in Paris on 6 February has an unusual owner - Pope Francis.

Pope Francis calls abortion horrific

2014-01-13 14:22

Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, has come out and called the practice "horrific".

The idolatry of money

2013-12-30 08:36

Mandi Smallhorne reflects on the business views of Pope Francis.

Syria's Assad sends message to pope

2013-12-29 14:47

Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a message to Pope Francis, expressing his determination to defend Syrians of all religions against hardline Islamists among the rebels.

Air blitz death toll in Syria's Aleppo passes 400

2013-12-25 18:51

The death toll from a 10-day Syrian regime air offensive on Aleppo rebels has passed 400, as Pope Francis called on Christmas Day for aid access to the war-torn country.

Francis celebrates first Christmas as pope

2013-12-25 12:01

Pope Francis is celebrating his first Christmas as leader of the world's Catholics, riding a wave of popularity after a year shaking up the papacy with his humble style.

Pope shares his birthday with homeless

2013-12-17 14:34

Four homeless people have helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican.

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