The Pope made the comment during a meeting at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm relations with the Palestinians.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis has met with Cuban President Raul Castro today, ahead of his planned visit to the island nation later this year.
The pope granted Castro a rare Sunday audience at the Vatican as the Cuban President passed through Rome on his way back from Moscow.
Although the issues discussed by the Pope and Castro during their meeting were not disclosed the pontiff could be heard telling his visitor there was a "need to work together to fight poverty around the world" during a subsequent photo call.
Pope Francis managed to spin a basketball on his finger with help from the Harlem GlobeTrotters as they visited the Vatican.Read the full story ›
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican following controversial remarks from Pope Francis during a Mass to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenians massacre.
During the service, the Pope described the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century".
Turkey has long refused to call the event a genocide and has insisted that the toll has been inflated, and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.
At a 100th anniversary Mass, Pope Francis said the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians was the first genocide of the 20th century.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis used his Easter Sunday address to pray for an end to the persecution of Christians, commemorating the students massacred in Kenya.
The Pope delivered a mostly sombre "Urbi et Orbi" message: "We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence - and there are many."
The pope spoke as churches in Kenya, where al Shabaab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people, turned to armed guards to protect their congregations.
Roman Catholic crowds have gathered in St Peter's Square despite the rain to listen to Pope Francis' Easter address.
Pope Francis has condemned female mutilation and domestic violence against women,calling them degradations that had to be combated.
"The many forms of slavery, the commercialisation, and mutilation of the bodies of women, call out to us to be committed to defeat these types of degradation that reduce them to mere objects that are bought and sold," he told a meeting on women's issues hosted by the Vatican's Council for Culture.
Pope Francis also denounced domestic violence.He said: "Although it is a symbol of life, the female body is unfortunately attacked and disfigured, even by those who should be its protector and life companion".
Although waving to the crowds from a chopper would increase his cool factor, Pope Francis is sticking with his Popemobile for now.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis has said he would make a one-day trip to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, his latest visit to a country where Islam is the dominant religion amid growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
After the weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, the pope told pilgrims he would go to Sarajevo on June 6 to encourage "reconciliation, peace, inter-religious dialogue and friendship".
It will be the first papal trip to Sarajevo in 18 years. Pope John Paul II ignored apparent assassination threats to visit the war-torn city in 1997, when he urged greater dialogue between Bosniak Muslims, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs.