Those who don''t gossip could become saints, says Pope

 People who are not gossips and don`t speak ill of others are heading in the right direction for sainthood, Pope Francis said in a sermon on Tuesday.

World needs Christians: Pope Francis

The world needs Christians because it needs their "courage, hope, faith and perseverance", Pope Francis tweeted on Tuesday.

Pope tells teens `happiness not an app`

Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth.

Pope Francis urges greater acceptance of gay men, lesbians, divorced Catholics

Pope Francis urges greater acceptance of gay men, lesbians, divorced Catholics

Pope Francis insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document released on Friday that rejects the emphasis on black and white rules for the faithful.

Pope asks Protestants for forgiveness for persecution

 Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden later in the year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Catholics should not try to convert Jews, says Vatican

It was the latest move on a host of issues, such as gay rights and re-marriage, that the Vatican or Pope Francis have made.

Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia on final leg of US tour

 Pope Francis travels to Philadelphia on Saturday for the final leg of his wildly popular inaugural tour of the United States, to greet tens of thousands of Catholics at a family festival.

Vatican legal adviser questions pope's annulment reform

 An adviser to the Vatican's high court has warned that Pope Francis' new reform of the church's marriage annulment process raises serious legal questions and could lead to "crises of conscience" for even happily-married Catholics.

Pope makes it easier for Catholics to end marriages

Pope makes it easier for Catholics to end marriages

Pope Francis on Tuesday made it easier, quicker and free for Catholics to have their marriages annulled under reforms regarded with suspicion by conservatives who fear he may be opening the door to Church-approved divorce.

Pope Francis to announce changes for divorced Catholics

 Pope Francis is expected to announce revisions to the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages, a media report said on Tuesday.

Keep door open to divorced Catholics who remarry: Pope

Pope Francis says divorced Catholics who remarry and their children deserve better treatment from the Catholic church.

Pope urges Catholics to care for the sick

Taking care of the ill and the weak will bring Catholics close to Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Pope Francis to make first visit to Africa

 Pope Francis will visit the Central African Republic and Uganda from November 27 to 29 , according to a Vatican calendar made public on Friday. The visit will be the first made to Africa by the pontiff.

Pope`s green thesis: a global game-changer?

Pope Francis`s statement on the environment, seen as a potential game-changer by Green groups, comes six months before international leaders gather in Paris to try and seal a deal to reduce carbon emissions.

Seek truth, beauty and love: Pope tells Catholics at Easter vigil

Pope Francis led the world`s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith.

Pope rows back from 'rabbits' comments, praises large families

Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

Pope rows back from `rabbits` comments, praises large families

Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed `like rabbits`

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed `like rabbits`

 Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits", defending the Church`s stance on artificial contraception and appealing to the world`s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practise responsible parenting.

Pope says birth control ban doesn't mean breed 'like rabbits'

Catholics should not feel they have to breed "like rabbits" because of the Church`s ban on contraception, Pope Francis said on Monday, suggesting approved natural family planning methods.

Church in Sri Lanka`s warzone awaits first papal visit

A small church nestled in the Sri Lankan jungle, seen as a beacon of harmony in a country with a dark history of conflict, is preparing for a visit from Pope Francis who will bring his own message of peace.