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.

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.