Pope brings peripheries of church into College of Cardinals

Pope Francis is expanding the ranks of cardinals who will elect his successor to include pastors like him who minister to the poor and come from far-flung, often overlooked dioceses.

Be humble and work for justice, Pope Francis tells new cardinals

Pope Francis on Saturday inducted new Roman Catholic cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, telling them their high rank was a call to be humble and work for justice.

Put aside pride, jealousy and anger: Pope to new cardinals

Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals on Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately delivered a tough- love message to them, telling them to put aside their pride, jealousy, self-interests and anger and instead exercise perfect charity.

rench court acquits Femen activists over topless cathedral stunt

 A French court on Wednesday acquitted nine members of the Femen feminist movement who were on trial over a topless protest they staged in Paris`s Notre Dame cathedral to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI`s resignation.

Pope names private secretary to No 2 economy spot

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.

Benedict denies he was pressured to resign

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

Benedict toasts brother`s 90th with Mass, music

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

Pope`s Twitter account attracts 10 million followers

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

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

Pope John Paul II closer to `sainthood`, second mirracle apporoved

Late Pope John Paul II has been confirmed to be steps away from `sainthood` after his second miracle for a Costa Rican woman who was suffering from severe brain injury was approved by commission of theologians.

Source confirms pope`s stance on Vatican `gay lobby`

A Latin American group which quoted the pope saying that there is a "gay lobby" in the Vatican confirmed the contents of the pontiff`s speech.

Has ex-Pope Benedict ‘halved in size’?

Pope Emeritus Benedict’s deteriorating health has alarmed Archbishop of Cologne Joachim Meisner.

Practice what you preach: Pope to priests

Pope Francis told priests to practice what they preach, saying the church`s credibility was on the line.

Pope chooses eight cardinals to advise him, study reforms

Pope Francis set up a group of eight cardinals from every continent to advise him about governing the church and study administrative reforms, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis refuses to live in papal apartment

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was elected the 266th pope by the conclave of cardinals on March 13.

Taiwan President to attend pope`s installation

Taiwan has full diplomatic relations with only 23 countries, most of them in Latin America, Africa, and the south Pacific.

On Day 1, Pope Francis pays hotel bill, celebrates Mass

Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass since becoming the Catholic Church`s head with the cardinals who elected him.

China sets conditions to improve ties with Vatican

China said the Holy See should severe ties with Taiwan and stop interfering in its internal affairs in the name of religion.

Pope Francis prays at Rome basilica in first outing

Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying at Rome`s main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

How is a Pope Elected?

Historically, there were three ways of electing a Pope. However, the Church has now done away with two traditional methods.