Prayers being held in Rome ahead of four-pope sainthood mass

Thousands of pilgrims are holding prayers in Rome as Pope Francis and Benedict XVI prepare to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII in a historic effort to unite the Catholic Church on Sunday.

Pope plans retreat on election anniversary

Pope Francis will be on a spiritual retreat with his top aides for the first anniversary of his election, which will be held in a small town outside Rome in a break with tradition, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Pope to prelates: No intrigue, favoritism, gossip

Pope Francis on Sunday gave his new cardinals what amounted to a code of conduct : "no intrigue, gossip, power pacts, favoritism."

Pope Francis announces first visit to Holy Land in May

Pope Francis said on Sunday he will make his first trip to the Holy Land, visiting Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem from May 24 to 26.

Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world`s Roman Catholics.

Pope asks for advice on reforming papal powers

Francis said it was time for "a conversion of the papacy", adding that "excessive centralisation, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church`s life".

Pope calls special synod on the family

Pope Francis has called an extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops next year to discuss the Church`s position with regard to the family, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Tuesday.

Pope widens criminal punishment for child abuse in Vatican

Pope Francis on Thursday bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican in an overhaul of laws that apply to the clergy and lay people who work in the tiny city state.

Vatican issues first text co-written by two popes

Vatican issued unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which 2 popes said faith should serve "common good" but restated opposition to gay marriage.

Pope Francis lauds Benedict XVI, warns against self-interest

Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor Benedict XVI`s decision to resign as courageous, and called on pilgrims to follow the former pontiff`s example and put aside their egos to listen to their conscience.

Pope Francis meets his predecessor for historic lunch

In a rare event, newly elected Pope Francis of Argentina on Saturday met his predecessor for lunch in a palace at Castel Gandolfo, as per BBC report. For the first time such a meeting has been made possible after Pope Benedict XVI resigned from his post.

I want ‘poor Church for the poor’: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Saturday said he aspires for “A poor Church for the poor", as per BBC.

Pope to visit Benedict next Saturday

The Vatican says Pope Francis will visit his predecessor next Saturday.

Vatican still waiting for 5 cardinals for conclave

The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, where cardinals from around the world will gather to elect the new pope after Benedict XVI`s resignation last month.

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings amid scandal

Cardinals said on Monday they wanted to be briefed about the true state of Vatican dysfunction before they elect the next pope.

Pope decries slaughter of `defenseless` Syrians

While wishing peace to everyone, Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message on Tuesday condemned the killing of the "defenseless" in Syria.