Vatican confirms pope will stop in Cuba stop en route to US

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in the last week of September, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

American bishop resigns over failure to report sex abuse: Vatican

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of American Bishop Robert Finn, who in 2012 was convicted for failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese, the Vatican said.

Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

 Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants.

Fury as 700 feared dead in 'avoidable' Med shipwreck

Up to 700 people were feared drowned today after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya in the latest and deadliest in a long list of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.

Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa.

Serbian president annuls Vatican visit due to plane trouble

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic had to cancel an official visit to the Vatican on Friday when his plane developed engine trouble and had to turn around and return to Belgrade.

Pope considering visiting Cuba in September: Vatican

Pope Francis is planning to visit Cuba in September as part of a trip that will also take him to the United States, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Pope appeals to Kenya university gunmen to 'come to their senses'

Pope Francis on Thursday appealed to Somali Islamist militants who killed 148 people at a Kenyan university last month to stop their brutality and "come to their senses".

Pope Francis to visit Ecuador July 6-8: Cardinal

Pope Francis will visit Ecuador from July 6-8, Cardinal Raul Vela, the archbishop of Quito, said Thursday.

Turkish PM says pope joined 'evil front' against Turkey

Adding to angry comments about the Pope Francis' description of the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey's prime minister said today that the pontiff has joined "an evil front" plotting against Turkey.

Pope's finance czar moves out of Vatican bank

Pope Francis' finance minister is on the move, literally.

Defiant Turkey draws red line over Armenia genocide recognition

Rejecting worldwide pressure, Turkey has drawn a defiant red line in refusing to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in World War I as genocide on the 100th anniversary year of the tragedy.

Turkey PM slams Pope Francis' 'one-sided' Armenia genocide comments, recalls Vatican envoy
Turkey PM slams Pope Francis' 'one-sided' Armenia genocide comments, recalls Vatican envoy

Turkey on Sunday recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations even as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments after he used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Turkey summons Vatican envoy over pope`s `genocide` remarks: TV

Turkey on Sunday summoned the Vatican envoy to Ankara to request an explanation over Pope Francis`s use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I, television reports said.

Pope Francis calls Armenian killings as the 'first genocide of the 20th century'
Pope Francis calls Armenian killings as the 'first genocide of the 20th century'

Pope Francis used the word "genocide" on Sunday to describe the mass murder of Armenians in a move likely to severely strain diplomatic ties with Turkey.

Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress: Pope

Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental.

Pope on diplomatic tightrope with Armenian genocide mass

Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians with a special ceremony on Sunday, with all eyes on whether he will use the word "genocide".

Don't ignore killing of Christians: Pope to world

Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way."

Pope calls on world to defend modern Christian martyrs

 Pope Francis called on the world to give tangible help to persecuted Christians on Monday, highlighting the plight of people he described as modern "martyrs" after nearly 150 people were killed by Islamist militants in Kenya.

Pope Francis, thousands brave rain for Easter in St Peter's Square

In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.