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.

Pope wraps up Asia trip with call for Korean peace

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first visit to Asia with a Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul`s cathedral attended by the South Korean president and a handful of North Korean defectors.

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January: Official

Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said today.

Australia priest abuse rate double pope`s estimate: Church group

An Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy said Tuesday it believed the number of paedophile priests was historically twice the pope`s reported estimate.

Pope stays above the fray for World Cup final

Football fan Pope Francis stayed neutral ahead of the World Cup final between his native Argentina and Germany, saying the tournament in Brazil had shown the importance of dialogue between different cultures.

Pope to hold first meeting with sexual abuse victims

Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion.

Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope`s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organised the meeting.

Pope to legalising recreational drugs: Just say no

Pope Francis condemned the legalisation of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment today, lending his voice to a debate which is raging from the US to Uruguay and beyond.

Pope, Anglican leader join forces against human trafficking

Pope Francis and Britain`s Archbishop of Canterbury committed their Churches on Monday to work more closely together to fight "the grave evil" of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Israeli and Palestinian presidents to meet at Vatican on June 8

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Israel-Palestinian stalemate `unacceptable`: Pope

Pope Francis landed on Sunday in the cradle of Christianity in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state, calling the stalemate in peace talks "unacceptable" and stopping briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding this biblical West Bank town.

Pope lands in Bethlehem, nod to Palestinian state

Pope Francis landed today in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he began a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage.

Pope to start delicate Middle East trip in Jordan

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan on Saturday to start an intense three-day trip to the Middle East, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.

Lisa Ray to meet the pope

Canada-born Indian actress Lisa Ray is visiting Vatican City to meet the pope.

Under pressure, Israel`s Arab Christians reach out to pope

On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone`s throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951.

Israel sees 10% boost to Christian tourism from pope

Israel`s tourism ministry said Sunday it expects the papal visit later this month to give a sharp boost to tourism by Christians, who already account for most of the market.