Pope names new prelate who runs Vatican during papal transitions

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff.

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

The Christmas lights went on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"
Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the US and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.

World lauds US-Cuba surprise move to restore ties

World community today hailed as a "historical turning point" the surprise move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Communist Cuba and restore diplomatic relations.

Pope leads global praise for `historic` US-Cuba rapprochement

 Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday`s breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

San Lorenzo give Pope something to cheer at Club World Cup
San Lorenzo give Pope something to cheer at Club World Cup

Libertadores Cup winners San Lorenzo gave their number one fan Pope Francis something to celebrate on his 78th birthday by booking their place in the final of the World Club Cup on Wednesday.

Pope congratulates US, Cuba on historic thaw

Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba for the historic thaw announced between Washington and the communist-run Caribbean island.

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday on Wednesday and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor.

Pope Francis gets a hint of home and hears `Happy Birthday' on 78th birthday

Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope.

Pope Francis condemns attacks in Australia, Pakistan, Yemen

 Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called "inhuman terrorist acts" in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.

Tutu urges pope to rethink decision not to meet Dalai Lama

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Monday appealed to the Pope to reconsider his decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Rome.

Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday. 

Pope Francis declines meeting with Dalai Lama due to 'delicate relationship' with China

Pope Francis, who is visiting Rome , will not be meeting the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama due to the "delicate situation" with China, said a Vatican spokesperson.

Pope Francis turns out not to have made pets in heaven comment

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world.

Top Turkey cleric under fire over luxury Mercedes

Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car -- the latest government splurge to cause a public outcry.

Pope Francis, Dalai Lama seek global effort for peace

Pope Francis I and the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the XIV Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Friday expressed their hopes for achieving world peace and encouraged humanity to resolve its conflicts through a vision of global brotherhood.

No Pope meeting for Dalai Lama as Vatican eyes China ties

Pope Francis will not meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visits Rome this weekend, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday -- a decision apparently seeking to avoid upsetting China.

Turkish actress attacked for interpreting for Pope

 A leading Turkish actress said she has been subjected to a welter of insults on social media since she acting as a translator for Pope Francis during his visit to Turkey in November.