The Vatican cardinal who co-authored a controversial book with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming priestly celibacy has denied he manipulated the retired pontiff into publishing it.
Pope Francis has cautiously waded back into the crowds after video of him slapping away the hand of an overly enthusiastic pilgrim went viral and sparked a papal apology.
Pope Francis has apologised for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed him and yanked him towards her.
Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone, “even the worst of us”, as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and opposition.
Pope Francis has abolished the “pontifical secret” code of confidentiality used in clergy sexual abuse cases, after mounting criticism that the obligation has been used to protect paedophiles, silence victims and keep authorities from investigating crimes.
Susan Boyle has said meeting Pope Francis was “a humbling experience”, ahead of her performance in the Vatican’s annual Christmas Concert.
Pope Francis travelled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to demand that world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an “immoral” crime and a dangerous waste.
Pope Francis tended to the needs of Thailand’s tiny Catholic hierarchy, urging priests and nuns to find ways to communicate the faith with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country.
Pope Francis called for more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a visit to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry.
Pope Francis called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of activities in Thailand on Thursday.
Bolivian president Evo Morales is calling for new elections following nationwide protests over a disputed vote he claimed he had won.
Gay comedian Stephen K Amos was ready to confront Pope Francis over homosexuality before a “life-changing” conversation.
Tourism chiefs in Lithuania’s capital are coming under fire for a sexualised advertising campaign to promote the city as the Pope prepares to visit next month.
A giant scarecrow version of the Pope has won joint-first prize in a competition in an Irish town.
World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at an event in Dublin to be attended by Pope Francis later this month.
Pope Francis has urged governments to make good on their commitments to curb global warming.
Computer hackers have descended on the Vatican to help tackle pressing problems particularly dear to Pope Francis, including how to better provide resources for migrants and encourage solidarity for the poor.
Pope Francis’s interview with astronauts on International Space Station took a philosophical turn as he made his first video call into space on Thursday.