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.

Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

Pope Francis has dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Mother Teresa 'would have scared me' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis joked during a visit to Albania that Mother Teresa would have struck fear into him if she had been his mother superior, the Vatican spokesman said on Monday.

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

Pope Francis has called on moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held it up as a model for interfaith harmony.

Iraqi Christians suffering like Jews did, pope tells Jewish leader

Pope Francis has warned that Christians in Iraq and Syria face persecution just as Jews have in the past, a prominent American Jewish leader said Thursday.

Pope Francis is target for ISIS extremists: Iraqi ambassador to Vatican
Pope Francis is target for ISIS extremists: Iraqi ambassador to Vatican

In what could draw global attention, the Iraqi ambassador to Vatican, Habeeb Al Sadr, has told an Italian newspaper that the Islamic State may target Pope Francis in bid to expand its terror wings, reports stated on Tuesday.

Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to Islamic State jihadists: Vatican

Vatican City: Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope`s Syria envoy said on Saturday.