Pope visits Rome park marking Earth Day

2016-04-24 23:03

Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to one of Rome's main parks to participate in an Earth Day event.

Austrian bishop refuses refugee fence on Church land

2016-04-21 21:56

An Austrian bishop has refused to allow parts of a planned anti-migrant fence on the country's southern border with Hungary to be built on Church land.

Pope plays down the Bern 'meeting'

2016-04-16 18:57

Pope Francis says he briefly greeted US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the two shook hands, in what he has described as a sign of good manners, "nothing more".

Pope shows Europe a migrant lesson

2016-04-16 15:35

Pope Francis has given Europe a lesson in how to treat refugees by bringing 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the hard-hit Greek island of Lesbos.

Sanders arrives in Rome for Vatican conference

2016-04-15 17:15

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has landed in Rome to attend a Vatican conference steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice.

Pope asks to visit refugees in Greece

2016-04-05 16:13

Pope Francis has asked to visit Greece to show support for refugees there, and Greek church authorities have approved plans for a papal trip to Lesbos.

Pope celebrates outdoor Easter Mass; Vatican security tight

2016-03-27 11:30

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square and the faithful are enduring tight security to be near him

Elderly pope Benedict XVI 'slowly fading'

2016-03-24 21:02

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is "slowly, serenely fading" but remains "very lucid", his personal secretary has said in an interview.

Paedophile priest's victims ask pope's help

2016-03-14 19:19

Victims of a French priest who has admitted sexually abusing boys, have written to the Vatican to ask for an audience with Pope Francis about an alleged cover-up by the archbishop of Lyon.

Nuns killed in Yemen modern-day martyrs - pope

2016-03-06 18:42

Pope Francis says the four nuns killed in an attack on a home for the elderly in Yemen are modern-day martyrs and victims of indifference.


Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

2016-04-23 17:37

Pope Francis heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

Pope Francis a saviour - refugees

2016-04-17 18:00

The Syrian refugees taken in by Pope Francis following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos have hailed the pontiff as a 'saviour' for offering them a new life.

The Bern meets Pope Francis

2016-04-16 17:37

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he has met with Pope Francis, describing the meeting as a "real honour."

Pope on Lesbos

2016-04-16 10:36

Pope Francis has arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos for a high-profile visit that will turn the spotlight on an unprecedented refugee crisis.

Pope blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

2016-04-06 18:58

Pope Francis has blessed the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight

Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

2016-03-27 13:35

Pope Francis is tempering his Easter message of hope with dismay over 'blind, brutal terrorism'.

After bleak week, Pope Francis offers Easter message

2016-03-27 07:42

Pope Francis has concluded a bleak week in Europe with a message of hope during an Easter Vigil service, saying darkness and fear must not prevail and "imprison" the world with pessimism

Mother Teresa will become a saint in September

2016-03-15 14:01

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally approved sainthood for Mother Teresa and set September 4 as the date for her canonisation.

Pope tightens the saints office purse strings

2016-03-10 20:03

Pope Francis has imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican's saint-making machine after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.

Vatican: Much to do to stop paedophile priests

2016-03-05 07:16

The Vatican has defended the Catholic Church's action on paedophile priests, saying popes Francis and Benedict XVI had "courageously" tackled the issue, but admitting there was still much to be done in many countries.

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