China

Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches.

Refugees

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis pleads for refugees

Pontiff defends refugees, urging the world not to ignore plight of people 'driven from their land'.

Pope Francis pleads for refugees at Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases

Gerhard Mueller relieved of duties just days after pope aide Pell was charged with child sex abuse.

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases

Europe

Pope Francis: Suicide bombers are not 'martyrs'

The pontiff says true martyrs do not harm others as he addresses frequent attacks against Christian minorities.

Pope Francis: Suicide bombers are not 'martyrs'

Europe

Pope meets Trump after history of public disagreements

Visit comes after public disagreements between the two men over climate change, immigration and refugee policy.

Europe

Pope pleads for forgiveness over Rwanda genocide

Catholic church was accused of being close to Hutu-led government in 1994 when 800,000 mostly Tutsis were killed.

 Pope apologises for church's role in Rwanda genocide

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Pope Francis warns against populism, citing Hitler

Declining to directly pass judgment on US President Trump, the pope condemned border walls being built.

Pope Francis warns against populism, citing Hitler

Middle East

Vatican embassy a 'place of pride' for Palestinians

Palestinian leader meets Pope Francis for the opening of Vatican-based embassy, a day before Paris peace conference.

Mahmoud Abbas: Vatican embassy a 'place of pride'

Palestine

Palestinian Authority set to open embassy in Vatican

President Mahmoud Abbas meets Pope Francis for the opening of the embassy, one day before Paris peace conference.

Palestinian Authority set to open embassy in Vatican

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