Austrian migrant tragedy `offends humanity`: Pope

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria last week, calling for effective cooperation to avoid such "crimes that are an offence to the whole of humanity."

'Alien life' exists, we are not alone, says Vatican chief astronomer
'Alien life' exists, we are not alone, says Vatican chief astronomer

The Vatican which reinforced the belief that Earth was the center of the Universe and the sun revolved around our planet instead has now relaxed its view of mankind's place in the cosmos.

Pope Francis urges youngsters to marry
Pope Francis urges youngsters to marry

 Young people should not fear wedlock and Jesus protects couples who keep the faith, Pope Francis told Catholics on Tuesday.

Pope urges Catholics to care for the sick

Taking care of the ill and the weak will bring Catholics close to Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Pope Francis surpasses 22 million Twitter followers

Pope Francis surpassed 22 million Twitter followers Wednesday on his multiple accounts, joining the ranks of tech-savvy entertainers and world leaders who command tens of millions of eyeballs on social media. 

Pope to meet representatives for workers, poor in Bolivia

Pope Francis reached the halfway mark of his South American pilgrimage on Thursday, celebrating his first Mass in Bolivia and meeting with workers' cooperatives and other grass-roots groups representing the poor whose causes have long been championed by history's first Latin American pope.

Throng greets Pope Francis for Ecuador mass

Hundreds of thousands of faithful greeted Pope Francis with cheers and flags in scorching heat on Monday for the first open-air mass of his three-nation trip to South America.

In land of Pachamama, Bolivians hope for pope of ''good intentions''

At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outside tin shack stalls while healers read the future in coca leaves and call on ancient spirits to cure ills.

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Pope Francis Thursday called for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

Two US bishops quit, envoy trial date set in Church sex abuse cases

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of two US bishops accused of failing to protect minors from a paedophile priest and set a date for the unprecedented trial of a senior cleric for paedophilia.

UN: Pope's encyclical may have "major impact" on climate talks

Pope Francis is likely to have a major impact in spurring UN negotiations on global warming with an encyclical on the environment next week, the UN`s climate chief said on Thursday.

Pope creates abuse tribunal for cases of bishop negligence

Pope Francis has created a new tribunal section inside the Vatican to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up for priests who raped and molested children, the biggest step the Holy See has taken to hold bishops accountable for abuse.

Vatican commissioner accuses Australian cardinal of "disregard" for abused children

The Catholic Church`s commissioner for the protection of children has described the Vatican`s finance chief as having an almost sociopathic disregard for abused children, accusations the Australian cardinal rejected as wrong and misleading.

Pope urges help for migrants stranded in Bay of Bengal

Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies.

At Vatican, Raul Castro to thank Pope Francis for mediation role with US

Cuban President Raul Castro will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday to thank the pontiff for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington.

Pope decries "scandal" of lower salaries for women

Pope Francis on Wednesday made an impassioned plea for an end to the salary gap between men and women, calling it "a scandal" that Christians should decisively reject.

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.