Pope Francis denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants.
Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress.
Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest.
Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits".
Pope Francis will fly back to Rome after a dramatic week in Asia that saw him draw record crowds and hammer home his pro-poor message to millions.
Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas.
Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message.
Pope Francis urged people to have greater empathy towards family and friends with problems in his Christmas Eve mass.
Pope Francis heads to Strasbourg for a lightning visit to the European Parliament, where he hopes to help reinvigorate a "tired" Europe.
Activists lashed out at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised for getting bishops to confront "taboos."
Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies with a Vatican vote on a document drafted opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who stood down after admitting to an affair with a woman.
Nice-guy Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting.
Former Vatican ambassador to Kazakhstan Jozef Wesolowski has kept over a hundred thousand child porn photos and over a hundred child porn videos on his computer.
Pope Francis joked during a visit to Albania that Mother Teresa would have struck fear into him if she had been his mother superior.
Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican.
Pope Francis is concerned about the political situation in his native Argentina.
A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See.
War is not the way to address injustice, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis urged the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as "one family, one people".