Pope Francis has declared John XXIII and John Paul II saints in a ceremony made more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI.
The men being made saints today left their mark on the Catholic Church in different ways. Here's all you need to know about the pontiffs.
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who stars in a new film about Noah, has been turned down for an audience with the Pope.
Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence as he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.
Pope Benedict released a letter to one of Italy's best-known atheists in the first work published by Benedict since he retired and his first-ever denial of personal responsibility for the sex scandal.
What made the letter published in La Repubblica even more remarkable was that it appeared just two weeks after the new pontiff, Pope Francis penned a similar letter to the newspaper's atheist editor.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the appearance of the letters was pure coincidence.
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his secretary of state, Vatican prime minister and chief aide - a role often called the "deputy pope".
The veteran diplomat's appointment ends the era Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent ethical and financial scandals.
The late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican said.
The Director General and Deputy Director of the Vatican Bank have resigned following a money smuggling scandal, reported Reuters.
The president of the Vatican Bank Ernst Von Freyburg is set to assume the position of acting Director General.
A Vatican cleric, a member of Italy's secret services and a financial broker have been arrested as part of an Italian investigation into the Vatican bank, a police source and a lawyer told Reuters.
The cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, worked as an accountant in the Vatican's financial administration. He was arrested in a parish in Rome's outskirts, his lawyer Silverio Sica said.
Scarano was suspended from his duties several weeks ago when he was placed under investigation by magistrates in the southern city of Salerno, his home town.
In that investigation, Scarano was accused of taking 600,000 Euros in cash out of an account in the Vatican bank a little at a time, usually 10,000 Euros, and giving it to friends who gave him checks. It is alleged he then deposited the checks into an Italian bank account to pay off a mortgage.
A Vatican official has been arrested over an alleged plot to bring €20 million into Italy on a government plane, a lawyer told the Associated Press.
Pope Francis has named a commission of inquiry to look into the Vatican bank amid new money-laundering probe.
Pope Francis praised worshippers for turning out to greet him at the Vatican in heavy rain after receiving a soaking himself.
The 76-year-old zipped around St. Peter's Square in his open-air jeep through a sea of brightly coloured umbrellas.
Looking damp and slightly weather-beaten, the pontiff told followers: "Congratulations for your courage under this rain."