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.

Turkish PM says pope joined 'evil front' against Turkey

Adding to angry comments about the Pope Francis' description of the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey's prime minister said today that the pontiff has joined "an evil front" plotting against Turkey.

Erdogan angry over Pope`s genocide `mistake`

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope`s use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again.

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.

Don't ignore killing of Christians: Pope to world

Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way."

Pope at Easter prays for killed Kenyan students, decries persecution

Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.

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.

Pope washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society`s neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.

Pope prays for Alps plane crash victims

Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash, as French authorities say they are making progress recovering the bodies of those killed in Tuesday's crash.

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.

Obama to host Pope Francis on September 23

US President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, accepting an invitation extended during talks at the Vatican last year.

Pope's sex abuse commission alarmed by Chilean bishop's appointment

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

Crowds welcome Pope in mafia country

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security.

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.

Pope to wash feet of male, female detainees at Rome prison

Pope Francis will perform the pre-Easter foot-washing ritual at Rome's main prison this year.

China choosing Dalai Lama like Castro naming Pope: Tibetan exile leader

For China to find a successor to the Dalai Lama would be like former Cuban leader Fidel Castro choosing the pope, the political head of Tibet`s exiles said on Tuesday, in response to comments by a senior Chinese official.

Jude Law may play pope on TV Series
Jude Law may play pope on TV Series

Actor Jude Law is reportedly heading to the small screen as a fictitious pope.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970`s murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily said Saturday.

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.