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 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.
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 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.
Suggestions by an ultraconservative Catholic radio network that Italy has been punished by God with devastating earthquakes after legalizing gay unions are offensive and scandalous, a top Vatican official has said.
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."
Catholics must not scatter the ashes of the dead or keep them at home, the Vatican reiterated in guidelines Tuesday, which confirmed that while cremations are not banned, traditional burials are preferable.
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.
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 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.
Defence lawyers representing the two journalists on trial at the Vatican for exposing embarassing information about Catholic Church finances called Wednesday for non-guilty rulings, addressing the court on the eve of its verdict.
The Vatican is far from Pope Francis' ideal of representing "a poor church, for the poor," according to the investigative journalism books at the centre of the VatiLeaks 2 trial, expected to end Thursday.
Four of the five defendants on trial for leaking sensitive information about the Catholic Church's finances should be convicted and given jail terms ranging from one year to three years and nine months, Vatican prosecutors said Monday.
Germany's so-called "bling bishop," who was removed from his post in Limburg after spending millions in church funds on extravagant home improvements, will be replaced by Georg Baetzing from Trier, the Vatican announced Friday.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The Vatican will unveil a papal document on Friday that is expected to soften the Catholic Church's message towards people who do not follow its teachings on family life, including divorcees and homosexuals.
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 Francis recalled the plight of victims of terrorism and migrants and called for an end to global conflicts, in his traditional Easter day message and blessing, the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world).
Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will enter the ranks of Catholic Church saints on September 4, the Vatican said Tuesday, after Pope Francis and cardinals held a consistory meeting on the issue.
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.
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 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 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.