Pope Francis has asked an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State.
The Vatican cardinal who co-authored a controversial book with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming priestly celibacy has denied he manipulated the retired pontiff into publishing it.
Pope Francis has cautiously waded back into the crowds after video of him slapping away the hand of an overly enthusiastic pilgrim went viral and sparked a papal apology.
Pope Francis has apologised for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed him and yanked him towards her.
Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa.
Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone, “even the worst of us”, as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and opposition.
Pope Francis has abolished the “pontifical secret” code of confidentiality used in clergy sexual abuse cases, after mounting criticism that the obligation has been used to protect paedophiles, silence victims and keep authorities from investigating crimes.
Pope Francis has sent a cardinal to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back to Rome 33 asylum-seekers, the Vatican said.
Dancing and singing enlivened St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday as Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for Catholics from the violence-wracked African nation of DR Congo.
Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic they believe was part of Jesus’ manger.
Pope Francis called for more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a visit to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry.