Pope Francis Sunday beatified Paul VI during a heavily attended Mass in St Peter's Square, at which he said of the pope who closed the Second Vatican Council that "he led the Church with wisdom and a vision of the future".
Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church`s doors to remarried divorcees and gays.
Pope Francis Sunday inaugurated the Synod with a warning about the risks of "greed for money and power" and "bad shepherds", government leaders and other officials--who impose responsibilities onto people that they themselves are unwilling to bear.
The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia.
Vatican City: Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope`s Syria envoy said on Saturday.
Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul after sending an unprecedented message of goodwill to China as he flew over the country that does not allow its Catholics to recognise his authority.
The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday`s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine.
The specially-designed, widely travelled brazuca ball that has had the good fortune of visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican City and which will be used in the final of the Fifa World Cup, has been launched.
Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion.
Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope`s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organised the meeting.