Pope Francis

Pope Christmas message: Time for weapons to be still

"It is time for weapons to be still for ever and actively seek negotiated solution," Francis says in Vatican address.

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.

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.

Politics

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.

Armenia

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.

Turkey

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.

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.

Politics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Religion

Vatican announces sainthood of Mother Teresa

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