Pope Francis

Pope calls for solidarity in Easter message amid virus lockdown

Pontiff calls for solidarity across the world to confront the 'epochal challenge' posed by the coranavirus pandemic.

Pope calls for solidarity in Easter message amid virus lockdown

Coronavirus pandemic

Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

The pontiff urges the world to see the coronavirus pandemic as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values.

Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

Pope Francis

Pope Francis donates respirators

The Vatican is testing the dozens of priests who live in the pope's residence amid fears of a potential flare-up.

Pope Francis donates respirators as Vatican steps up virus plan

Australia

Australia court hears final plea on Cardinal Pell sex abuse case

Former Vatican treasurer under Pope Francis is the highest-ranking Catholic official ever convicted of child sex crimes.

Australia court hears final plea on Cardinal Pell sex abuse case

Abuse

Vatican sends sex crimes investigators to Mexico

Mexico is dealing with decades of clerical sexual abuse of children.

Vatican sends sex crime investigators to assist Mexican church

Health

The pope has a cold, not coronavirus: Italian media

Italy has become a European hub for the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 2,000 people infected and 52 deaths.

Pope Francis 'tests negative for coronavirus' after having cold

Europe

'Slightly unwell' Pope Francis postpones all official audiences

The Vatican did not specify what the 83-year-old pope is suffering from.

'Slightly unwell' Pope Francis postpones all official audiences

Vatican

Chinese, Vatican foreign ministers hold rare high-level meeting

The meeting between Archbishop Paul Gallagher and Wang Yi took place on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference

Chinese, Vatican foreign ministers hold rare high-level meeting

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, everyman pontiff: Profile

Pope Francis has worked to make the Roman Catholic Church more relevant for its 1.2 billion devotees around the world.

Pope Francis, everyman pontiff: Profile

Europe

Catholic priest celibacy: Former Pope Benedict defends it in book

Former Pope Benedict's new book supports celibacy for Catholic priests, in contradiction of Pope Francis' remarks.

Pope Francis

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee who took his hand

Francis apologises for hitting the hand of a woman who was excited to meet the Catholic leader.

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee who took his hand

Europe

Vatican office struggles to keep up with abuse cases

A 'tsunami' of child sex abuse cases have overwhelmed the Vatican's most secretive institution.

Vatican struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

Pope Francis

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Victims hail the move as much overdue and say it needs to be implemented broadly.

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Pope Francis

Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons

Francis launches diatribe against both the use and possession of nuclear weapons, calling it a 'crime'.

Pope ends Japan trip that stressed opposition to nuclear weapons