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.

Pope denounces 'intolerable brutality' in Iraq, Syria

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants.

Charlie Hebdo team bites back with new issue

More than a month after jihadist gunmen massacred much of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, the magazine is back at work with another savage swipe at its favourite enemies.

Germany hits back at Pope over spanking comments

Germany and a leading anti-corporal punishment group rejected as "unacceptable" the pope's comments that it's OK to spank your children to discipline them, as long as their dignity is maintained.

Pope rapped for spanking `howler`

Pope Francis came under fire Friday after an off-the-cuff remark in which he defended the right of parents to spank their children.

Pope urges bishops to ensure children's safety

Pope Francis has urged Catholic bishops to ensure the safety of children in parishes, which should be "safe and secure homes" for families, and reminded them that "there is absolutely no place in the ministry for those who abuse minors".

Pope tells clergy 'never try to cover up child abuse'

Pope Francis has sent Catholic clergy a powerful reminder of their duty to stamp out sexual abuse of children by priests, warning that they must never let a fear of scandal lead to cover-ups.

Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

Pope to visit Sarajevo in June

Pope Francis said on Sunday he would make a one-day trip to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, his latest visit to a country where Islam is the dominant religion amid growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed `devil`s daughter`: Report

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil`s daughter" by a local priest, media reports said on Tuesday.

Philippines says was on guard against papal 'suicide attack'

The Philippines investigated a report that a Malaysian suicide bomber was planning to try to kill Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Manila this month, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said on Tuesday.

Pope sees `shadows and dangers` amid Vatican attack fears

Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers", but urged them not to give in to fear.

Pope rows back from 'rabbits' comments, praises large families

Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

Pope Francis to travel to Latin America

Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, will return to the region in July when he visits Bolivia, President Evo Morales said, adding that Paraguay and Ecuador are also on the pope's itinerary.

Cameron rebuts pope on speech offensive to religion

British Prime Minister David Cameron defended the right to speech that gives offense to others` religious beliefs, in a rebuttal to Pope Francis who said there should be limits.

Pope flees Philippine storm while on typhoon mercy mission

Pope Francis was forced Saturday to flee a fierce storm in the Philippines that killed a papal volunteer, cutting short a mercy mission to weeping survivors of a catastrophic super typhoon.

Pope says Philippine typhoon tragedy `silenced` his heart
Pope says Philippine typhoon tragedy `silenced` his heart

Pope Francis on Saturday arrived at a central Philippine city that was one of the worst hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the strongest storm ever recorded on land that claimed thousands of lives.

With Pope's ear, Philippines President rebukes clergy over hair joke

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday lashed out against vocal clergy in the mostly Catholic country who have spoken out against everything from a controversial contraceptive law to his hair, or lack of it.

Pope says to canonise Junipero Serra during US visit


Aboard the Papal Plane: Pope Francis said on Thursday that during his trip to the United States in September he would canonise Junipero Serra, a missionary who brought Christianity to the west of the United States in the 1700s.

Pope speaks out against `confusing` family values

 Pope Francis on Friday urged Catholic leaders in the Philippines to resist powerful forces that are tempting youth with "confusing" versions of sexuality, marriage and the family.