Pope Francis inaugurated his papacy with a Mass in front of hundreds of thousands of people and foreign leaders in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday with a simplified rite that fuelled hopes for change in the scandal-plagued Ro
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election as pope has broken Europe's centuries-old grip on the papacy, opening the doors on a new age of simplicity and humility for the Roman Catholic Church, mired in intrigue and
Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world on Tuesday to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of "terrorism" against Christians.
Pope Benedict ushered in Christmas for the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics, urging humanity to see through the superficial glitter and commercialism of the season and rediscover the real significance of the humble birth of Jesus. &n
Using condoms may sometimes be justified to stop the spread of Aids, Pope Benedict says in a new book, in a major shift that relaxes one of the Vatican's most controversial positions on their use to combat the disease.
The pope's words in
Pope Benedict on Friday begged forgiveness from God and victims of child sexual abuse by priests and promised that the Catholic Church would do everything in its power to ensure that it never happens again.
The pope made his comments, some
A woman the Vatican described as unstable jumped over a barricade, lunged at Pope Benedict and dragged him to the floor at the start of his Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.
The 82-year-old pope was apparently not harmed and w
Pope Benedict told a huge crowd on Saturday that many in the modern world had turned money, possessions and power into idols that are as false as those worshipped by the pagans of antiquity.
On his second day in Paris, the pope celebrated