Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis

2015-03-30 19:08

Salem Hajdarovac didn't sleep for a whole week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honour of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.

Pope finally gets his pizza - albeit hand-delivered

2015-03-23 21:13

Pope Francis, who recently lamented he can't slip out and get a pizza like he used to, finally got a pie - albeit one hand-delivered to his popemobile.

Neapolitan bishop claims 'half miracle' while pope is in town

2015-03-21 22:10

The archbishop of Naples has claimed that the dried blood of the city's patron saint began to turn liquid in an ampoule while Pope Francis was in the cathedral where the relic is stored.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

2015-03-07 16:00

Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970's murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily says.

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.


Pope prays for Alps plane crash victims

2015-03-29 21:18

Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash, as French authorities say they are making progress recovering the bodies of those killed in the crash.

Pope: Earth's water must be protected

2015-03-22 17:02

Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all.

Pope to wash feet of prisoners at Rome prison

2015-03-11 18:09

Pope Francis will perform the pre-Easter foot-washing ritual at Rome's main prison this year.

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.

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