Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

Pope Francis praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the US and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.

Pope congratulates US, Cuba on historic thaw

Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba for the historic thaw announced between Washington and the communist-run Caribbean island.

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday on Wednesday and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor.

Pope will ask January sales shoppers to buy ethically

As the January sales season nears in the West, Pope Francis will call on shoppers not to buy products which may have been made by modern-day slaves -- whatever the savings.

Pope decries 'material slavery' as holidays start

Pope Francis has prayed that humanity be freed of "slavery" to material things as he visited Rome's swank shopping area near the Spanish Steps.

Pope Francis visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the mainly Muslim nation.

Pope slams `state terrorism` that kills `innocents`

Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists".

Pope urges Sisi to ensure peace during Egypt transition

Pope Francis urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday to ensure peace during his country`s political transition and called on Egypt to embrace its diplomatic role in the troubled Middle East.

Don't use Pope's visit for political gains: Lanka Church

Sri Lanka's Catholic church on Sunday asked all political parties to refrain from using the Pope's visit for political gains during the presidential polls in January.

Pope to confer sainthood on two Blessed from Kerala on Sunday

In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.

Pope turns Santa with Christmas giveaway for homeless

Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless.

Pope says will visit United States next year

Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's visit to Sri Lanka

The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis` visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Pope targeted by explicit protest on St Peter`s square

Femen, the women`s rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican.

Pope urged to seek Turkey help over kidnapped bishops

Pope Francis was urged Friday to use a visit to Turkey later this month to press for the liberation of two orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria in April 2013.

Vatican given financial rulebook by Pope's Aussie hatchet man

Pope Francis's drive to clean up the Vatican's finances has taken a significant step forward with the issuing of a financial management manual to Church officials.

Pope to go to Turin to view burial shroud icon

The Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, will go back on public display next year.

Elton John wants fast-track sainthood for Pope Francis
Elton John wants fast-track sainthood for Pope Francis

British singer Elton John praised Pope Francisco once again, this time at a charity concert in New York where he said Francis should be made a saint "now", media reported.

Pope accepts resignation of UK bishop who quit after affair

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who stood down after admitting to an affair with a married parishioner, the Vatican said on Monday.

Pope launches historic review of teaching on family, marriage

Pope Francis on Sunday launched a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could lead to change in the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce.