Pope sees 'shadows and dangers' amid Vatican attack fears

Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers", but urged them not to give in to fear.

Pope rows back from `rabbits` comments, praises large families

Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

Pope Francis kicks off Asia trip, heads to Sri Lanka

Pope Francis set off on Monday for a six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where his open-air masses are expected to draw millions.

Fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant religion': Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Monday denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by "deviant forms of religion" that used God as a mere ideological pretext to perpetuate mass killings.

Pope to travel in 'jeepney' during Philippines visit

Pope Francis will travel in a different kind of "popemobile" during his visit to the Philippines later this week -- an open "jeepney", organisers said Monday.

Philippine leader warns public of dangers during papal visit

President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippine people on Monday to be alert against panic, stampedes or any attempts to sow chaos during this week`s visit by Pope Francis.

Pope's Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change

Pope Francis returns to Asia for the second time in less than six months, travelling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in coming days to underscore his concern for inter-religious dialogue, poverty and the environment.

Slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero moves closer to sainthood

The Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, has moved closer to being declared a saint.

In his first tweet of 2015, Pope Francis prays for peace

In his first tweet of 2015, Pope Francis talked about innocent people and children who were suffering in this world and asked God to grant everyone peace,

Late pope gets flowers from would-be assassin

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish former extremist who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, on Saturday laid flowers on the late pontiff`s tomb.

Topless Femen activist who grabbed Vatican Nativity Jesus released

Vatican authorities on Saturday ordered the release of a Femen activist detained after snatching a baby Jesus figurine from the St Peter`s Square Nativity scene on Christmas Day while baring her breasts.

Pope celebrates Christmas eve mass after excoriating staff

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St Peter's Basilica just days after excoriating his staff for a laundry list of sins.

Pope warns of "spiritual Alzheimer's" among 'diseases' threatening Roman Curia

Pope Francis lambasted the Roman Curia, the administrative apparatus that enables him to govern the Roman Catholic church, in a speech Monday in which he accused it of "spiritual Alzheimer`s" and a list of other shortcomings.

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.

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 Francis gets a hint of home and hears `Happy Birthday' on 78th birthday

Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope.

Pope Francis declines meeting with Dalai Lama due to 'delicate relationship' with China

Pope Francis, who is visiting Rome , will not be meeting the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama due to the "delicate situation" with China, said a Vatican spokesperson.

Pope Francis turns out not to have made pets in heaven comment

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world.

Pope Francis biopic in the works
Pope Francis biopic in the works

An Argentine-Spanish biopic of Pope Francis is all set to get big screen treatment.