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.


Pope Francis: Not right to identify Islam with violence

The pope says it is not fair to speak about violence by Muslims without talking about violence committed by Catholics.


Pope Francis calls on Armenia and Turkey to reconcile

Leader of the Catholic Church calls for Armenia and Turkey to lay aside their differences and strive to be peacemakers.


Pope calls mass killings of Armenians 'genocide'

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.


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 in historic talks with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

Unexpected meeting between Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb followed easing of tensions during reign of Benedict.


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.

Humanitarian crises

Pope offers home to 12 Syria refugees after Lesbos trip

Francis implores EU leaders to come to the aid of refugees in symbolic visit to Greek island at the centre of crisis.

Human Rights

Pope pleads for 'common humanity' towards refugees

Visit expected to turn spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end the unprecedented refugee crisis.


Francis highlights 'mercy over judgement' for Catholics

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

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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.


Vatican announces sainthood of Mother Teresa

Decision was expected since Pope Francis approved in December a second miracle attributed to the Calcutta-based nun.


Pope Francis questions Donald Trump's Christian faith

Republican front runner says "disgraceful" of religious leader to make such a suggestion on anti-immigration stance.

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Pope to round off Mexico trip in former drug bastion

Pope Francis travelling to Ciudad Juarez as it tries to recover from drug violence which left 10,000 people dead.

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In pictures: Pope Francis visits Mexico

Jubilant Mexicans extend a warm welcome to pontiff in his historic trip to Mexico.