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

Last Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 03:39

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.

Ex-pope Benedict XVI will attend sainthood ceremony

Last Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 15:49

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the canonisation ceremony to elevate John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood and will celebrate mass with Pope Francis, the Vatican said Saturday.

Pope names private secretary to No 2 economy spot

Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014, 22:25

Pope Francis has once again made politics personal, tapping his own private secretary to be the No 2 in the Vatican`s new economy secretariat.

Pope plans retreat on election anniversary

Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 18:45

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.

Benedict denies he was pressured to resign

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 17:26

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has denied speculation that he was pressured to leave office, saying his decision was freely made and his alone.

Pope to prelates: No intrigue, favoritism, gossip

Last Updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014, 19:15

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

Benedict toasts brother`s 90th with Mass, music

Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 05:10

Vatican City news — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is marking a milestone of sorts.

Pope Francis announces first visit to Holy Land in May

Last Updated: Monday, January 06, 2014, 00:05

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 01:59

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 21:21

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`s Twitter account attracts 10 million followers

Last Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 20:53

Pope Francis welcomed news today that his Twitter account @pontifex had attracted more than 10 million followers.

Pope`s Twitter account attracts 10 million followers

Last Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 19:45

Pope Francis welcomed news on Sunday that his Twitter account @pontifex had attracted more than 10 million followers.