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.

Pope: Death penalty represents 'failure', fosters vengeance

Pope Francis says nothing can justify the use of the death penalty and there is no "right" way to humanely kill another person.

Scottish cardinal who admitted to sexual misdeeds resigns

A disgraced Scottish prelate who admitted to sexual misdeeds has resigned from his cardinal's post.

West Bengal gang-rape: 'Vatican City delegation to meet nun'

Days after the horrific gang-rape of a 71-year-old nun by armed dacoits in West Bengal's Nadia district, a one-member delegation from Vatican City will arrive in Kolkata on Wednesday and meet the elderly nun, according to a DNA report.

Vatican backs force to stop IS 'genocide'

The Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations has endorsed military action against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- an unusual move because the Vatican traditionally has opposed force in the region.

Pope ready to help improve ties between Belarus and EU: Vatican

Pope Francis is ready to help improve ties between Belarus and the European Union, a senior papal official said on Saturday in the latest sign of a developing thaw in relations between Brussels and Minsk.

Pope Francis declares jubile in powerful reform signal

Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Belgian royals hop in to see Pope Francis

Belgium`s King Philippe and his wife Mathilde met Pope Francis on Monday, with the queen hopping into the Vatican on crutches and in a knee brace after a recent fall.

Poll finds Pope Francis` popularity in US rising

Pope Francis` popularity among Americans is rising, six months before his first papal visit to the United States, a public opinion poll released Thursday suggests.

Mexico protests pope`s drug comments

Mexico on Tuesday registered a rare diplomatic protest with the Vatican over comments by Pope Francis warning that his native Argentina was in danger of "Mexicanisation" by drug gangs.

Mother Teresa is beacon of hope for world's poor: Vatican

The Vatican on Tuesday declined to comment on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's controversial remarks on Mother Teresa but said the missionary's was a beacon of hope for the world's poor and downtrodden.

Vatican offers free showers and shaves to the homeless

Homeless men and women lined up on Monday off St Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate.