Pope names new prelate who runs Vatican during papal transitions

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff.

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

The Christmas lights went 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 wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"
Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Vatican report on US nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

A keenly-awaited Vatican report on Roman Catholic nuns in the United States struck a conciliatory tone on Tuesday, praising them for their social and educational work but urging them to stick to Church teachings.

No Pope meeting for Dalai Lama as Vatican eyes China ties

Pope Francis will not meet the Dalai Lama when the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visits Rome this weekend, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday -- a decision apparently seeking to avoid upsetting China.

Pope to confer sainthood on two Blessed from Kerala on Sunday

In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis to make his first US visit in 2015

Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States next year to participate in a rally for families in Philadelphia, a report said.

Pope says will visit United States next year

Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

Amritanandamayi to meet Pope Francis next month

Indian spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi will be meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican next month.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's visit to Sri Lanka

The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis` visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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.

Sri Lanka says papal visit on despite snap polls

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka as planned in January, officials said Sunday despite signs of concern from the Vatican that the government intends to exploit the trip for political gain as it readies for snap elections.

Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

Roman Catholic bishops Saturday failed to reach consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays
Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church`s doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Vatican prepares for landmark sex abuse trial of ex-envoy

The Vatican has begun preparing for a landmark trial of a disgraced former archbishop at the centre of one of the Church`s most damaging child sex abuse cases.

Vatican arrests former archbishop on paedophilia charges

The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of paedophilia. 

Pope Francis denounces extremists, says religion cannot justify violence
Pope Francis denounces extremists, says religion cannot justify violence

Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Argentine Prez receives Islamic State threats 'due to her friendship with Pope'

 ​ Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said during a trip to the Vatican on Saturday she had received threats by the Islamic State due to her friendship with compatriot Pope Francis and for recognizing both Israel and Palestine.

Vatican shrugs off warning of IS plot against Pope in Albania

Warnings that the Islamic State organisation may be plotting to attack Pope Francis during his visit to mostly-Muslim Albania on Sunday have been shrugged off by the Vatican.

Pope`s Albania visit to showcase peace between religions

Pope Francis will head to Albania on Sunday on his first trip to a European country, to pay tribute to those who suffered under Communism and praise a political system under which religions unite.