“We can use peace”, the US President told the pontiff in their first face-to-face meeting on Wednesday.Read the full story ›
Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who reported having visions of the Virgin Mary, are the youngest ever saints who didn't die as martyrs.Read the full story ›
The Pontiff was met by ecstatic crowds as he arrived for celebrations in which he will proclaim two illiterate shepherd children as saints.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis has condemned an "ignoble" attack on a Syrian bus convoy that killed more than 100 people as he made his Easter sermon.
The pontiff specifically addressed Saturday's deadly bomb blast in a call for peace during a sermon to thousands of followers in St Peter's square.
"Yesterday's was the latest ignoble attack on fleeing refugees," he said.
May (God) in a particular way sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring healing and comfort to the civilian population of Syria, the beloved and martyred Syria, who are victims of a war that does not cease to sow horror and death.
The blast hit buses carrying civilians trying to escape rebel territory in an evacuation deal between the warring sides.
The Pope has warned against a rise in populism and the danger of 'seeking a saviour in times of crisis'.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis made his annual Christmas Eve homily at the Vatican amid heightened security after the Berlin attacker's shooting in Italy.Read the full story ›
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 ›