Pope: The elderly are not aliens

2015-03-04 17:49

Pope Francis has urged his followers at his weekly prayer to show affection and respect for the elderly, saying they must not be treated as "aliens".

Vatican apologises to Mexico for Pope's drug remarks

2015-02-25 20:38

Pope Francis’ casual speaking style has gotten him into diplomatic trouble following his remarks about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.

Pope, Merkel discuss Ukraine, poverty

2015-02-21 16:41

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the conflict in Ukraine and the fight against poverty during a private audience at the Vatican.

Pope calls for absolute transparency

2015-02-12 19:50

Pope Francis, starting two days of closed-door meetings with the world's Roman Catholic cardinals, has called for greater efficiency and transparency in the Church's troubled central administration, the Curia.

Pope Francis criticised over smacking

2015-02-08 08:29

Ireland's former president Mary McAleese spoke out against Pope Francis Saturday after he defended the rights of parents to smack their children.

Pope gives brolleys to homeless

2015-02-05 22:18

Some 300 umbrellas from the lost property office of the Vatican Museums have been donated to the homeless.

Swiss Guard's cookbook reveals Vatican treats

2015-01-26 05:00

A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope's army with a new cookbook.

Pope: Learn to talk to one another again

2015-01-23 14:23

Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again.

Rabbit breeders criticise pope's sex comments

2015-01-20 20:44

The pope's comment that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" has caused offense among Germany's rabbit breeders.

Pope: Catholics don't have to 'be like rabbits'

2015-01-20 05:00

Pope Francis says Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible.


Pope denounces 'intolerable brutality'

2015-03-01 20:20

Pope Francis has denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted by the Islamic State's militants on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Mexico upset by Pope’s alleged 'Mexicanisation' remarks

2015-02-24 06:35

Mexico is sending a letter to the Vatican to complain about remarks attributed to Pope Francis about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal 'Mexicanisation' due to the spread of drug gangs there.

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians

2015-02-16 16:19

Pope Francis has expressed deep sadness for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of their sect.

First African to be made saint – report

2015-02-08 14:05

Benedict Daswa, a Limpopo school principal who was stoned, beaten and burnt to death for his Catholic beliefs, is set to become the first African saint, the Sunday Times reported.

Pope: I'm a tech boob

2015-02-06 11:49

Pope Francis, who has called the internet a "gift from God", confessed that he is a disaster with technology.

Haircuts, shaves and showers for Vatican's homeless

2015-01-29 22:45

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open, the head of Pope Francis' charity office says.

Balloons new peace symbol after dove debacle

2015-01-25 17:08

Balloons, not doves, have been released as a gesture of peace in St Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests.

Pope backtracks after ‘like rabbits’ comment

2015-01-21 15:51

Pope Francis has praised families with many children, two days after controversially suggesting that Catholics do not need to breed ‘like rabbits’.

Pope Francis will meet the Dalai Lama soon

2015-01-20 10:44

Pope Francis has left the door open to a meeting with the Dalai Lama, denying that he refused to receive the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader over fears of upsetting China.

Belgian bishop refuses gay award

2015-01-19 09:20

A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to 'respect' divorced people and homosexuals.

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