Vatican says Pope meant no offence calling Abbas 'angel of peace'

 Pope Francis meant no offence to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope `angel of peace` Abbas comment was encouragement: Vatican

 Pope Francis`s reference to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as "an angel of peace" was meant as encouragement for him to pursue peace with Israel, the Vatican said Monday, after the words whipped up controversy on social media.

Pope Francis to meet Abbas after treaty announcement

 Pope Francis was to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, drawing Israeli anger.

Vatican recognises state of Palestine in new treaty

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

Cuba`s Castro arrives at Vatican to meet Pope Francis

 Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday arrived at the Vatican for a "strictly private" meeting with Pope Francis.

At Vatican, Raul Castro to thank Pope Francis for mediation role with US

Cuban President Raul Castro will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday to thank the pontiff for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington.

Man apologises after hanging up twice on Pope Francis

An Italian man hung the phone up on Pope Francis twice thinking he was being pranked, but later apologised to him personally for his error, Vatican newspaper l`Osservatore Romano reported Thursday

Pope decries "scandal" of lower salaries for women

Pope Francis on Wednesday made an impassioned plea for an end to the salary gap between men and women, calling it "a scandal" that Christians should decisively reject.

Pope Francis 'deeply saddened' by Nepal quake tragedy

Pope Francis has said he was "deeply saddened" by the massive earthquake yesterday that killed more than a 1,000 people in Nepal and expressed his solidarity with those affected by the tragedy.

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 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.

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.

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 condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.

On Good Friday, Pope decries persecution of Christians

Pope Francis presided at two Good Friday services, praying for persecuted Christians a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Pope condemns 'senseless brutality' of Kenya massacre

Pope Francis today condemned the massacre of 147 students in Kenya that saw Christians targeted as an act of "senseless brutality" and said he would pray for the perpetrators to change.

Vatican signs deal with Italy in bid to tackle tax evaders

The Vatican said Wednesday it had signed an agreement to share financial information with Italy in a bid to stamp out tax evasion within the once-secretive city state.

Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

Pope Francis`s decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican`s own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.