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.

Pope defends church teaching against birth control

2015-01-16 20:30

Pope Francis has issued his strongest defence yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in the Philippines to urge families to be ‘sanctuaries of respect for life’.

'Pope's Charlie Hebdo comments do not justify attack'

2015-01-16 08:19

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later says did not mean justifying the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Pope wades into climate change debate

2015-01-15 17:14

Pope Francis has waded into the global debate about climate change saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible.

Sri Lanka releases almost 600 prisoners to mark pope visit

2015-01-14 19:02

Sri Lanka has released nearly 600 prisoners and reduced jail terms for others to mark Pope Francis' visit and his proclamation of the country's first saint.

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

2015-01-13 16:18

Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was ‘exhausted’ after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

Pope slams 'deviant forms of religion'

2015-01-12 14:41

Pope Francis has slammed ‘deviant forms of religion’ following the deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France which left 20 people dead.

Philippine officers to wear nappies for pope's visit

2015-01-08 16:30

Philippine traffic officers and crowd control personnel are to wear adult diapers on the job during next week's visit of Pope Francis, when they will spend long hours marshalling.

Pope names 20 new cardinals

2015-01-05 15:54

Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

Pope Francis: So many tears this Christmas

2014-12-25 16:18

Pope Francis issued a strident call in his Christmas day message to safeguard children who are victims "under our very eyes" of violence and trafficking, while also demanding an end to "brutal persecution" worldwide.

Pope's scathing attack on Vatican plagued by ills

2014-12-22 21:06

Pope Francis has lambasted the Vatican's bureaucracy, saying some within the Church lusted for power and suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" in comments likely to outrage his adversaries.

Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

2014-12-18 18:30

Pope Francis has marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials say.

Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

2014-12-17 16:24

Hundreds of couples have performed a tango on St Peter's square in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.

Pope: Try joy ahead of Christmas

2014-12-14 22:13

Pope Francis is encouraging people to be joyful, saying, "We've never heard of a sad saint."

Nobel winners praise De Lille for Dalai Lama stand

2014-12-11 22:27

Nobel peace prize winners have showered praise on Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille for contesting President Jacob Zuma's refusal to grant the Dalai Lama an entry visa to South Africa.

Man's greed will destroy the world: Pope

2014-11-20 14:20

Pope Francis has warned that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry, or risk a doomsday scenario.

Pope: Euthanasia a 'sin against God'

2014-11-15 18:22

Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.

Catholic bishops open toward gays

2014-10-14 10:01

Catholic bishops have made a 'seismic' opening toward gays, saying they offer gifts to the church.

Snowden, Pope Francis tipped for Nobel prize

2014-10-08 16:15

The race for the Nobel peace prize has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

Speak out on family issues, pope urges bishops

2014-10-06 13:49

Pope Francis has urged bishops to speak their minds about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce.


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 leaves Manila after drawing 6 million

2015-01-19 07:33

Pope Francis has flown out of the Catholic bastion in Asia after a trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful.

Pope braves storm for emotional Philippine memorial

2015-01-17 08:30

Pope Francis has braved heavy rain to celebrate an emotional mass with a sea of weeping survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, saying their pain silenced his heart.

Pope demands Philippine leaders end corruption

2015-01-16 10:16

Pope Francis has demanded leaders in the Philippines end "scandalous social inequalities", as he called on them to show integrity and reject corruption.

Pope sparks social media frenzy

2015-01-16 07:39

Millions of Filipinos are planning to endure crushing crowds, security threats and stormy weather to get close to Pope Francis.

Pope on Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

2015-01-15 16:04

Pope Francis has said that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.

Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront

2015-01-14 10:07

Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans have crowded the Colombo seafront as Pope Francis canonised the island's first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed.

Pope calls for truth over Sri Lanka's violent past

2015-01-13 10:21

Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived in Colombo.

Rains threaten papal mass in Philippines

2015-01-11 13:49

The Philippines is watching nervously as a tropical storm threatens a typhoon-prone central island that Pope Francis will visit this week.

Pope prays for victims of Paris attack

2015-01-08 13:24

Pope Francis has celebrated mass for the victims of the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, praying for all those affected by an Islamist assault which left 12 people dead.

Pope condemns religious persecution

2014-12-26 06:56

Pope Francis has roundly condemned jihadist violence and the 'brutal persecution' of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.

Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

2014-12-25 08:57

Pope Francis has led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican calling for 'tenderness' and 'warmth' after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

Pope to meet religious leaders in Philippines

2014-12-22 19:34

Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts.

Pope weighs in on US-Cuba talks, hails move

2014-12-18 10:25

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for the breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as 'historic' in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Tutu urges pope to meet Dalai Lama

2014-12-15 21:45

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has appealed to Pope Francis to reconsider meeting the Dalai Lama.

Pope Francis didn't make pets in heaven comment

2014-12-13 22:18

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis said there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. Except he didn't.

Pope condemns ISIS violence

2014-11-27 20:17

On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists.

Pope calls for courageous decisions after synagogue slaying

2014-11-19 14:17

Pope Francis has slammed the deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and urged Israeli and Palestinians to take the “courageous decision” needed to achieve reconciliation.

Pope: Calls for protection of Christians in Middle East

2014-10-20 19:27

Appealing for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis says it is 'unimaginable' that they could be driven out of the region after 2 000 years.

Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

2014-10-10 12:36

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church, encouraged by Pope Francis' 'Who am I to judge?' position.

Pope, prelates get course in joys of sex

2014-10-07 20:42

Pope and prelates have had a crash course in the joys of sex from people who know: a married Catholic couple.

Pope accepts resignation of 'unfaithful' UK bishop

2014-10-04 20:02

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who admitted last week that he had been "unfaithful" to his vows as a priest.

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