Pope Francis has created 17 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church in a time-honoured ceremony.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis said he believes the Catholic church may well never accept women priests in some of his most definitive remarks on the controversial issue.
The pontiff, who has proved socially liberal on many topics, said his predecessor Pope John Paul II's 1994 ruling against opening up the clergy to women still stands.
When pressed over that would remain the case forever, he replied: "If we read carefully the declaration by St.John Paul II, it is going in that direction."
The Catholic Church teaches that women cannot be ordained priests because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles.
Those calling for women priests say he was only following the norms of his time.
The Vatican kept the visit to Amatrice secret until the Pope arrived, after he said he wanted to go alone to be "close to the people".Read the full story ›
Pope Francis paid a visit to a maternity ward in Rome and a hospice for the terminally ill, as part of the Holy Year of Mercy.Read the full story ›
The Roman Catholic nun was declared a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday where thousands of people attended.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis is the third pontiff to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis tripped on a step and fell at the start of an outdoor Mass in Krakow, Poland, as he was blessing the altar on Thursday.
The 79-year-old was quickly helped up by aides and did not appear to be hurt. He then continued the Mass and read his homily as normal.
The Pope suffers from sciatica, a medical condition in which pain sometimes shoots down the leg from the lower back, which may have been a factor in the fall.
Pope Francis has said the spate of terrorist atrocities shows the "world is at war" - but has insisted religion is not responsible.Read the full story ›
A Syrian refugee taken to Rome by the Pope and offered the chance to start a new life with her family in Italy has said she is "overwhelmed" by the Pontiff's kindness.
Nour Essa also said she was still in shock after the "surprise" of herself, her husband and their two-year-old son being chosen by drawing lots as one of three families to accompany the Pope home.
The family, who have been taken into the care of Rome's Sant'Egidio charity, only found out they had been picked the night before Pope Francis' visit to meet refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The night before the visiting of the pope, Sant'Egidio came to our camp and made interviews with us, so we know (knew) that we were chosen at nine o'clock in the evening. And they told us that 'you must be ready the day after, you must be ready tomorrow because your plane is tomorrow', so it was like a surprise.