Venezuela

Venezuela opposition denies joining talks with Maduro

Factions reject participation after coalition head indicates readiness to hold dialogue following Vatican intervention.

Nicolas Maduro talks offer divides Venezuela opposition

Europe

Pope Francis names 17 new cardinals

Nominees from far-flung places include 13 cardinals under 80 years old who could potentially succeed present pontiff.

Vatican: Pope Francis names 17 new cardinals

Georgia

Orthodox Church snubs pope on Georgia visit

Mass conducted in near-empty stadium in Tbilisi as local patriarchate declines to take part over "dogmatic differences".

Vatican

Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint

The nun, who is a role model for millions of Catholics, is declared a saint only 19 years after her death.

Vatican

Pope to Italian children: Refugees are not dangerous

Pope Francis underscores plight of young refugees at meeting with hundreds of children at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Refugees not dangerous, but in danger

Politics

Pope Francis: Being a migrant is not a crime

Pontiff urges European leaders to 'tear down' walls put up to keep refugees fleeing wars out of the continent.

Pope Francis: Being a migrant is not a crime

US Elections 2016

Bernie Sanders calls out capitalism at the Vatican

US presidential hopeful says global action needed to end growing poverty and "economy operated for the top one percent".

Politics

Francis highlights 'mercy over judgement' for Catholics

Papal document says individual conscience should be guiding principle in dealing with sex, marriage and family life.

Francis highlights 'mercy over judgement' for Catholics

Pope Francis

Pope washes feet of Muslim, other non-Catholic refugees

The traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony by the pontiff is meant as a Catholic gesture of service.

Pope Francis washes feet of refugees for Easter Week

Abuse

Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Vatican said 15 victims in Rome could not meet the pontiff as they didn't make request through proper channels.

Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Vatican

Australian cardinal: Church 'mucked up' on sex abuse

George Pell, the Vatican's finance minister, faces grilling via video link from Australian child sex abuse inquiry.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis calls on Iran to promote Middle East peace

Pontiff stresses Iran's "important role" in the region during landmark meeting with President Rouhani.

Pope Francis calls on Iran to promote Middle East peace

Europe

Pope Francis warns about dangers of extravagance

At Vatican's Christmas Mass, leader of world's 1.2 billion Catholics deplores "intoxicating effects of consumerism and hedonism".

Pope Francis warns about dangers of extravagance

Religion

Vatican fires senior priest after he comes out as gay

Flanked by his boyfriend, Polish priest Krzysztof Charamsa says he wanted to speak out against church "hypocrisy".

Vatican fires senior priest after he comes out as gay

Pope Francis

Pope Francis met with gay couple during US visit

Vatican announcement seeks to tamp down controversy about separate meeting with US gay marriage opponent Kim Davis.

Pope Francis met with gay couple during US visit