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.

Pope clears John Paul II for sainthood

2013-07-05 14:13

Pope Francis has cleared John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.

Francis: Benedict courageous in retiring

2013-06-30 14:21

Pope Francis says his predecessor, Benedict XVI, was courageously following his conscience when he decided to retire.

Pope admits 'gay lobby' in Vatican

2013-06-11 21:43

Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Roman Curia, allegedly exposed during a leaks scandal.

Pope Francis to wash young prisoners' feet

2013-03-28 09:03

Pope Francis will stamp his personal touch on Easter celebrations starting by washing the feet of young prisoners as he stresses the importance of reaching out to those in need.

Pope urges dialogue with Muslims, atheists

2013-03-22 14:41

Pope Francis has called for the Roman Catholic Church to "intensify" its dialogue with Islam and with non-believers, condemning the "spiritual poverty" of the developed world.

Humble pope shakes up Vatican fashion

2013-03-19 10:58

Solid gold rings, velvet capes and ermine furs are out, humility is in: Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler style - and perhaps committed a faux pas in the process.

New pope warns of dangers of inaction

2013-03-15 09:03

Pope Francis has warned that the troubled Catholic Church risks becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it fails to undergo renewal.

Parties welcome new pope

2013-03-14 13:23

The appointment of Pope Francis of Argentina has been welcomed by political parties.

Vatican signals inconclusive pope vote

2013-03-13 13:04

Black smoke has risen from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, signalling Roman Catholic cardinals have not agreed on a pope to succeed Benedict.


Pope leaves Brazil after giant beach mass

2013-07-29 08:57

Pope Francis has left Brazil after leading a giant beach mass for three million pilgrims, ending his historic trip to reignite Catholic passion with pleas for a humbler Church.

Vatican warned of sex abuse, records show

2013-07-02 09:04

The cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, in his former job, warned the future Pope Benedict XVI that "the potential for true scandal is very real" over sex abuse claims.

John Paul II on the path to sainthood

2013-06-18 22:33

Vatican theologians have reportedly attributed a second miracle to pope John Paul II, putting him firmly on the path to sainthood.

Benedict comes home to new house, pope

2013-05-02 13:33

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is coming home to a new house and a new pope, as an unprecedented era begins of a retired pontiff living side-by-side with a reigning one.

Pope Francis to Benedict: 'We're brothers'

2013-03-23 17:01

Pope Francis has had lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI, a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church.

Zuma congratulates Pope Francis

2013-03-19 14:28

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Pope Francis on his election as supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis a 'little devil' at school

2013-03-15 11:00

Decades before he became Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio was a "little devil" who jumped up and down the stairs of his century-old Buenos Aires school, says the mother superior.

New pope brushes off formality

2013-03-15 08:11

Barely 12 hours into his papacy Pope Francis has brushed off tradition and formality, sending a clear message rejecting many of the trappings enjoyed by the now-retired Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis hailed, urged to work for peace

2013-03-14 07:18

World leaders and Catholics have hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope, urging him to work for religious reconciliation and peace.

Cardinals prepare for 2nd day of conclave

2013-03-13 08:05

Cardinals are preparing for a second day of conclave behind the Vatican's walls to elect a pope, with all eyes on a chimney that will signal when there is a new leader.

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