Pope Francis

Some spiritual troubles require exorcism, says pope

Some spiritual troubles require an exorcist, Pope Francis told a hearing of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Friday.

Clerical abuse survivor quits pope's child protection commission

A victim of clergy sexual abuse has resigned from the commission Pope Francis established to advise him on the issue, citing frustration with the lack of cooperation from the Holy See, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Francis, first pope to visit Anglicans in Rome, weighs S Sudan trip

Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church to visit the Anglican community in Rome on Sunday, where he said he was considering a trip to famine-struck South Sudan.

Report: Pope 'not losing any sleep' over Vatican corruption

Pope Francis knows there is corruption in the Vatican but he doesn't lose any sleep over it, according to a report out Thursday in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: remember the needy children

Pope Francis called on worshippers to remember less fortunate children during a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope gets 70,000 emails, meets homeless and mulls old age on birthday

Pope Francis mused about old age on Saturday, as he divided time on his 80th birthday between sitting down for breakfast with the homeless, leading Mass with cardinals and holding regular work engagements.

Pope writes to al-Assad: Spare civilians, let in humanitarian aid

Pope Francis has written a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urging him to spare civilians from violence and guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid deliveries, the Vatican press office said Monday.

Today's Europe is lacking forward-looking leaders, Pope Francis says

Europe today has no forward-looking leaders, according to Pope Francis, who hailed the postwar generation of politicians who laid the foundations of the European Union in an interview on Wednesday.

Pope Francis indefinitely extends priests' right to pardon abortion

Pope Francis on Monday indefinitely extended a provision that makes it easier for Catholics to seek a pardon for abortion, while insisting that the practice remains a "grave sin" for the Catholic Church.

Pope laments "virus of polarization" on naming new cardinals

Pope Francis warned of a "virus of polarization and hostility" within the Catholic Church and broader society on appointing 17 new cardinals in the Vatican on Saturday.

Pope Francis urges end of "terrible violence" in Syria and Iraq

Pope Francis issued a fresh call on Thursday for an end to the war in Syria and Iraq, as he welcomed to the Vatican a Christian leader from the region.

Cuba grants pardon to 787 prisoners at the request of Pope Francis

Cuba is to grant pardons to 787 prisoners in response to a call from Roman Catholic Pope Francis regarding the Holy Year of Mercy, the official Cuban Communist Party daily Granma said on its front page Tuesday.

Pope celebrates Mass to round off pilgrimage of homeless to Rome

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Vatican on Sunday to mark the end of a pilgrimage to Rome by 4,000 homeless people from all over Europe, denouncing their exclusion from society in his homily.

Pope meets veteran Italian abortion, divorce campaigner Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister who successfully campaigned for the legalization of abortion and divorce in the 1970s, was granted an audience by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

"We are all sinners:" Pope leads jubilee Mass with 1,000 prisoners

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica in front of more than 1,000 prison inmates on Sunday, in one of the final events of the Jubilee of Mercy, an 11-month Catholic festival that wraps up in two weeks.

Vatican: Pope's Jubilee has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims

The Jubilee of Mercy, a year-long Catholic festival due to wrap up in two weeks, has attracted more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, a Vatican official said Thursday, dismissing claims it had been "a flop."

Pope to Europe: Don't take in more refugees than you can integrate

Pope Francis warned European governments on Tuesday not to take in more asylum seekers than can be integrated into their societies.

Pope Francis ends historic visit to Sweden after celebrating Mass

Pope Francis ended a historic two-day visit to Sweden on Tuesday by celebrating Mass in the southern city of Malmo, and calling for more unity among Christians.

Pope, Lutheran leaders commit to unity at Reformation commemoration

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders pledged to work for greater unity, push for justice and alleviate human suffering during joint commemorations of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden on Monday.

Pope: "disconcerting" to see male and female roles being confused

Male and female roles must be clearly defined according to traditional Christian models of family life if society is to thrive, Pope Francis warned on Thursday.

Pope canonizes seven new saints, including 14-year-old martyr

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six men and a woman,

Pope denounces Christians who don't want refugees as "hypocrites"

People who call themselves Christians but do not want refugees at their door are hypocrites, Pope Francis said Thursday, amid reports of new tragedies involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Pope says he invited transsexual to Vatican, urges mercy towards gays

Pope Francis said Sunday he has made outreach gestures towards gays throughout his career within the Catholic clergy and even invited a transsexual for a private chat at the Vatican.

Pope arrives in Azerbaijan on last leg of Caucasus trip

Pope Francis landed Sunday in Azerbaijan, a majority Shia Muslim and former Soviet state that has become a major oil and gas supplier to Europe, on the last leg of a weekend trip to the Caucasus region.

Pope suffers Orthodox snub, denounces adultery in Georgia visit

Pope Francis wrapped up a two-day visit to Georgia on Saturday after suffering a stinging snub from the local Orthodox church and offering a ringing defence of marriage as "God's most beautiful creation."

Low turnout, Orthodox snub for Pope Francis' stadium Mass in Georgia

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in a Tbilisi stadium on Saturday that was attended by a few thousand people and deserted by the leadership of the Georgian Orthodox Church, in a surprising snub to the Vatican.

Pope's Georgia trip starts with appeals for peace, Antichrist signs

Pope Francis received Friday a mixed welcome in Georgia, at the start of a three-day trip to the Caucasus, a fissile post-Soviet region that straddles Europe, Russia and the Middle East, which he is touring to preach tolerance and peace.

Pope: Welcoming migrants is best insurance against terrorist acts

Opening the door to migrants is the best way to prevent "hateful acts of terrorism," Pope Francis said Saturday, reiterating his concern for the millions of people who are fleeing from poverty and conflict.

Deranged man rams car into St Peter's Square, demanding to see pope

A man with mental health issues broke the security barrier around St Peter's Square, ramming his car through a police checkpoint and demanding to be given an audience by Pope Francis, according to police and media reports.

Pope calls on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks

Pope Francis called on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks carried out in the name of god during a mass held for a Catholic priest killed in France in July.

"Christian hero" Mother Teresa to be be made a saint by Pope Francis

In a grand ceremony that will attract huge crowds to St Peter's Square, the nun known as the "Angel of the Poor" is set to be canonized by the pontiff who once said he dreamt of "a poor church, for the church."

Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican to meet 20 former prostitutes

Pope Francis left the Vatican on Friday to visit a Catholic charity that is giving shelter to women rescued from forced prostitution, the Vatican said in a surprise announcement.

Pope Francis sets up committee to study women deacons issue

Pope Francis set up a committee on Tuesday to look into the historical role of female assistant priests, or deacons, in early Christianity, a highly controversial topic in the male-dominated Catholic Church.

Pope urges caution on Australian cardinal suspected of child abuse

Child abuse accusations against Australian Cardinal George Pell

It's not right to link Islam with terrorism, Pope Francis says

Islam is not a violent religion, and only a minority of its followers have embraced fundamentalism, Pope Francis said in an overnight press conference.

Pope calls on "rebellious" youth to strive for change

Pope Francis in Poland on Thursday during the occasion of the World Youth Day festival called on young people to strive for a better world, telling them not to "throw in the towel."

Pope Francis says world "at war" as he arrives in Poland

Pope Francis said "the world is at war" on a flight to Poland on Wednesday to take part in the World Youth Day celebrations in the city of Krakow.

Pope draws anger of Turkey over Armenian "genocide" comments

Pope Francis has provoked the anger of the Turkish government with his denunciation of the mass killings of Armenians during the World War I as a "genocide," with Turkey blasting his "crusader mentality" on Sunday.

Pope prays at Armenian massacre memorial after condemning "genocide"

Pope Francis paid his respects to Armenian massacre victims on Saturday during a visit to the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex in the capital Yerevan.

Pope Francis condemns Armenian "genocide" as he starts official visit

Pope Francis referred Friday to the mass killings of Armenians during 1915-16 as "genocide," addressing President Serzh Sargsyan and other dignitaries at the start of an official trip to Armenia, Vatican Radio reports.

Obama, Putin, Pope, Ban congratulate Croatia on Statehood Day

The US appreciates the strong cooperation with Croatia in Europe and globally, Obama said in his note, adding that Croatia was an example in the region of how hard work and reforms could lead to Euro-Atlantic integration.

Pope Francis to step into sensitive terrain with trip to Armenia

The leader of the Catholic Church will have to tread carefully as he visits a pioneer Christian nation whose people suffered mass persecutions 100 years ago and are still not living in peace.

Pope Francis: Majority of Catholic marriages invalid due to culture

Pope Francis said the majority of Catholic marriages are "invalid" at a question-and-answer session in the Diocese of Rome on Thursday night after a pastoral conference at the Lateran Basilica.

Underground world of women priests exposed in Rome poster campaign

Hot on the heels of Pope Francis' announcement that the ranks of deacons may be opened up to women, photographs of females rebelling against the all-male priesthood are due to appear in the streets around the Vatican.

Top Muslim cleric meets Pope Francis in historic visit to Vatican

Pope Francis on Monday received the head of Egypt's al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning, in an unprecedented visit to the Vatican that appears to draw a line under years of difficult relations between the two institutions.

Belarusian president invites pope to meet with Russian-Orthodox head

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has invited Pope Francis to meet with the head of the Russian-Orthodox Church for a peace summit, state agency Belta reported Saturday.

Catholics should be able to boycott gay marriages, pope says

Public officials who are Catholic should not be obliged to celebrate gay marriages or civil unions, Pope Francis said Tuesday, his first public remarks on the issue since same-sex partnerships were legalized in Italy last week.

Pope to canonize Mother Teresa in St Peter's Square, Vatican confirms

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be officially elevated to Catholic sainthood during a September 4 Mass in St Peter's Square led by Pope Francis, the Vatican confirmed Friday.

Pope lays out vision for multicultural, socially conscious Europe

Pope Francis on Friday invited a "weary" Europe to renew itself by opening up to migrants and granting greater economic opportunities to young generations, as he received Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize.

Merkel: Pope calls on Europe to protect currency, borders, unity

Pope Francis has called on European leaders to act in order to safeguard Europe's integrity, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pointing to the need to protect the single currency and the bloc's borders, as well as showing humanity.

Pope Francis, an outsider who seeks to reawaken European spirit

This year's Charlemagne Prize, which is offered for services to promoting unity in Europe, is being given to the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina

Pope Francis to receive Charlemagne Prize for pro-Europe efforts

Pope Francis was due on Friday to be handed Germany's prestigious Charlemagne Prize, given each year to public figures who have made "exceptional" contributions to the cause of promoting European unity.

Pope expresses deep sorrow over "spiral of violence" in Aleppo

Pope Francis expressed sadness over the "spiral of violence" in Syria, particularly the northern city of Aleppo, where he said the "desperate humanitarian situation" had worsened.

Pope tells teens: no need to act tough or follow fashion to be happy

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass for tens of thousands of teenagers and offered them this piece of advice: acting tough like "heroes in films" or following the latest fashions will not make you happy.

Pope describes meeting with refugee whose Christian wife was killed

Pope Francis on Sunday described the emotional encounter he had with a Muslim man on the Greek island of Lesbos whose Christian wife was killed by extremists.

Refugee flown out of Lesbos by pope says it "feels like a dream"

Nour is one of the 12 Syrian refugees taken to Rome Saturday by Pope Francis after his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos. She spoke to reporters soon after landing in the Italian capital with her husband, Hasan, and their 2-year-old son.

Pope comforts refugees in Lesbos, flies back to Italy with 12 Syrians

Pope Francis paid Saturday an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis, and offered shelter to 12 Syrians who boarded his plane back to Rome.

Pope says he just bumped into Sanders, insists he's not taking sides

Pope Francis said Saturday he had only a chance meeting with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and advised anyone suggesting that he was meddling with US politics to "seek a psychiatrist."

Pope Francis tells Lesbos migrants: "You are not alone"

Pope Francis says he travelled to Lesbos to tell the thousands of migrants and refugees on the Greek island that they are not alone and to raise global awareness about their plight.

Pope to take 10 refugees out of Lesbos, Greek television reports

Pope Francis began Saturday a five-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis, where he was going to enter a refugee centre and meet volunteers dealing with the influx.

Pope lands on Greek island of Lesbos for visit with migrants

Pope Francis' plane lands in Lesbos, the Greek island hosting thousands of migrants and refugees.

"Refugees aren't numbers," pope says as he leaves for Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis issued a call against indifference towards the plight of refugees, as he left Saturday for a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, one of the flashpoints in Europe's migration crisis.

Pope to enter "hotspot" migrant centre during trip to Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis will enter one of the controversial migrant sorting centres backed by the European Union during his Saturday visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, the Vatican said two days ahead of the trip.

Pope Francis opens the way for less rigid approach towards divorcees

The Catholic Church cannot give up its dogmas but should be more understanding towards people, like divorcees, who lead lives that stray from its teachings, Pope Francis said in a key document Friday.

PM understands Pope's desire to bring Catholic and Orthodox Christians closer on Stepinac

"I think the process will start this summer and it is important to us that it is completed as soon as possible. Cardinal Stepinac is part of our identity," Oreskovic told the press after a 30-minute tête-à-tête meeting with the Holy Father.

PM hails Pope's decision to include SPC in consultations on Stepinac

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, during a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, expressed hope that the process of canonisation of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac would begin this summer and finish as soon as possible, welcoming the Pope's decision to include the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in the process.

Civil society group asks pope to encourage Croatian politicians to peaceful treatment of migrants

The Croatian civil society group "Dobrodosli" (Welcome) has sent a letter to Pope Francis ahead of his meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday, thanking the pontiff for making the public more sensitive to the suffering of people fleeing war and violence ...

Pope calls for understanding church ahead of document on divorcees

The Catholic Church needs to be in listening and understanding mode towards sinners, Pope Francis said Sunday, five days ahead of the publication of a document that may soften the Vatican's approach towards divorcees.

Pope's global message: the Urbi et Orbi

The Urbi et Orbi message and blessing is one of the best-known rites of the Roman Catholic Church, delivered by popes at least twice a year, at Christmas and Easter.

Pope gifts sleeping bags to homeless, prepares for Easter Vigil Mass

Pope Francis had sleeping bags handed out to homeless people in Rome and was due to lead a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday as part of the run-up to Easter Sunday.

Pope issues inter-faith peace message as he washes feet of refugees

Pope Francis called for inter-religious tolerance as he performed Thursday the pre-Easter rite of the washing of the feet at a refugee centre outside Rome, casting it as a response to the recent terror attacks in Brussels.

Reports: Pope Francis to wash feet of refugees in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis will next week perform the pre-Easter ritual of the washing of feet in a Roman refugee centre, reports said Monday.

Pope Francis tightens controls on saint-making spending

Pope Francis has introduced stricter financial controls on the Vatican's saint-making operations, months after two books revealed that outlandish sums of money have been paid in the past to promote holy candidates.

Pope tells Catholic politicians: Stop death penalty executions

Catholic politicians should not authorize any death penalty executions this year, Pope Francis said Sunday, as he renewed the Vatican's support for a worldwide end to capital punishment.

Last stop for pope, and for many migrants, is Mexico's Ciudad Juarez

Pope Francis on Wednesday will visit the Mexican city once considered the most violent in the world: Ciudad Juarez on the Mexico-US border.

In Chiapas, pope condemns "oppression" of indigenous peoples

Pope Francis Monday condemned the oppression and exclusion of indigenous peoples and the plundering of their natural resources in a mass held before 100,000 people in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

Pope Francis preaches before hundreds of thousands near Mexico City

Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of Catholic worshippers not to lose joy or hope on Sunday as he celebrated the second mass of his Mexican visit on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Pope has no doubts about Stepinac, says apostolic nuncio

The pope has stressed that he wants an "open Church, a Church which talks, an ecumenical Church," and this refers to the decision "we will make on the canonisation of the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac," D'Errico said.

Pope lands in Mexico for first visit

Pope Francis landed in the Mexican capital late Friday for his first visit to the predominantly Catholic country.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch "like brothers" in historic meeting

Havana/Vatican City (dpa) - Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, discussed religious and political affairs during a historic meeting Friday in Cuba to overcome a rift that had lasted over 1,000 years.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to hold historic meeting in Havana

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will have a historic meeting in Cuba on Friday that is seen as a major advance towards healing a 1,000-year-old rift between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Patriarch Irinej says conditions for pope's visit to Serbia perhaps not met yet

Irinej told the Serbian agency on a visit to Canada that the proposal to canonise Stepinac was not good because his action was "irreconcilable with sainthood." 

Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic meeting

Pope Francis will have an unprecedented meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, next week, the Vatican said Friday.

Pope says he "hopes for peace" as he welcomes Iranian president

Pope Francis made a call for world peace and stressed the importance of combating terrorism and arms trafficking, as he received Tuesday Hassan Rowhani, the first Iranian leader to meet a pontiff in almost two decades.

Pope to visit Sweden for 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis is to travel to Sweden in October to commemorate the birth of Protestantism, a Christian faith which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century, the Vatican said Monday.

Pope responds to series of queries in first book, with focus on mercy

A collection of interviews between Pope Francis and Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli with the pontiff's answers to questions on 40 topics ranging from mercy to homosexuality to globalization went on sale worldwide Tuesday.

Pope urges Europe to maintain humanity amid the migration crisis

European nations can and must jointly take the challenge of protecting their own citizens without withdrawing shelter from migrants, Pope Francis said Monday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: Act soberly, be compassionate

Thousands of people attended the service, one of the grandest in Catholic Church liturgy. 

Vatican's failure to prosecute financial crimes criticized

Moneyval experts said they had questions on the capacity of Vatican prosecutors and police "to pursue financial and money laundering investigations effectively and in a timely manner."

Msgr Jure Bogdan appointed military bishop in Croatia

Bogdan previously served as Rector of the Pontifical Croatian College of St Jerome in Rome.