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.

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.

Pope to raffle gifts given to him to raise money for the poor

Want a white Panama hat owned by the pope? Now is your chance.

Nearly 5,000 Keralite Catholics to grace canonisation in Vatican

Kochi: Around 5,000 Catholics from Kerala will be present in Vatican City next Sunday to witness the canonisation ceremony of two religious leaders from the state.

Pope denounces euthanasia as 'sin against God'

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Saturday, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.

Cardinal urges Vatican action in US child abuse case

 It`s high time for the Vatican to tackle the case of an American bishop convicted of shielding an abusive priest, Boston`s Cardinal Sean O`Malley has said.

Pope sets up commission to deal with sex abuse appeals

Pope Francis has set up a new commission to handle appeals by priests who have been disciplined for sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Humanity humiliated by Pakistan lynching: Vatican

A top Vatican official has described the lynching of a Christian couple in Pakistan as a humiliation for all of humanity.

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 mulls removing marriage annulment charges

Vatican City: Pope Francis Wednesday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one.