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Egypt`s el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 02:34

Egypt`s former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.

Pope sends condolences for South Korea ferry victims

Last Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 15:45

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead.

Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014, 01:46

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome today imitating Jesus Christ`s humility.

Pope Francis calls for reflection on Palm Sunday

Last Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014, 05:41

Pope Francis used his Palm Sunday Mass homily to call on Catholics to reflect, asking the faithful at the start of Holy Week if they were traitors like Judas or loved God like Joseph.

Pope leads Palm Sunday procession at Vatican

Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 23:39

Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims have joined Pope Francis in a solemn Palm Sunday service in St Peter`s Square.

Pope poses for `selfies` after Palm Sunday homily

Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 18:00

Pope Francis, marking Palm today in a packed St. Peter`s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he hopped off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people in the crowd.

Pope poses for `selfies` after Palm Sunday homily

Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 18:00

Pope Francis, marking Palm today in a packed St. Peter`s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he hopped off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people in the crowd.

Pope names British woman to head academy

Last Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:51

Pope Francis has named a British sociologist to run a pontifical academy, marking the highest-ranking appointment of a woman in his papacy.

Pope asks forgiveness for "evil" of priestly child abuse

Last Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014, 20:36

Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children.

Vatican hires hawk to protect pope`s doves: Report

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 23:35

An intrepid hawk has been taken on by the Vatican to protect the pope`s doves after two were killed in front of horrified crowds by a crow and seagull, according to a Catholic weekly.

Pope to wash feet of disabled in Easter ritual

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 22:52

Pope Francis will wash the feet of a group of disabled and elderly people as part of an Easter ritual imitating Jesus Christ`s humility on April 17 during a visit to a hospice in Rome, the Vatican said.

Pope urges `sexual responsibility` against AIDS

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 01:48

Pope Francis called on Monday for fidelity and chastity to be used to fight the AIDS virus in Africa, in an address to visiting Tanzanian bishops that -- in line with Catholic doctrine -- did not mention the use of condoms.