There are countless reasons for wanting to kiss someone: affection, respect, romance, custom and even bad intent.
Vatican experts have been wondering if the pontiff is going to announce his retirement.
A report by a German law firm found that retired Pope Benedict XVI was likely aware of sexual abuse in the Munich Archdiocese in the 1970s and 1980s.
"I'm a tech entrepreneur who retired early and am bored and lazy so this is how I'm sharing some theories I have," said tech guru Dave Bateman.
The pontiff also strongly condemned anti-vaxxers during an address to diplomats.
The pontiff made the comments while discussing adoption, which he said is preferable to having pets as a substitute for children.
Joe Biden's first meeting as U.S. president with Pope Francis at the Vatican will not be broadcast live.
Rather than highlight the plight of Assyrians and other Christian groups in the Middle East, Pope Francis' visit may end up worsening their situation.
Shiite Islam, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani and his millions of followers around the world, are important to the future of coexistence in the Middle East and across the world.
It wouldn't be the holidays without the annual talk about the so-called "War on Christmas." But when did this controversy actually start?
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said that he didn't feel that the Supreme Court ruling was protesting lockdowns in the way that Pope Francis spoke about those who opposed restrictions.
The soccer star was an admirer of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, frequently criticizing the United States, including one notable incident in 2007 on Chavez's TV show.
"Instagram has a become a place very quickly over the past 10 years, where pop culture happens, and where new trends emerge. I think it's changed the way we all relate to the things we're most interested in," Porch told Newsweek.
"Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic?"
More than a hundred years after three children saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in Portugal, the day's anniversary is still celebrated by Catholics.
The archives, which open on March 2, chronicle a fraught period for the Vatican, during which time it remained silent about the Holocaust.
The leader of the Catholic Church spoke about the unconditional love of God and "the greater light of Christ" in his annual Christmas blessing and sermon at St. Peter's Basilica this week.
Gianluigi Nuzzi's new book, Universal Judgment, asserts that the Vatican will default by 2023. The Vatican has denied these claims, despite recent financial scandals.
As arguments about clerical celibacy and women's role in the church drag on, activists took out their anger on two statues of Pachamama, an indigenous symbol of life and fertility depicted as a nude pregnant woman.
Pontiff told Mexican TV "Those who build walls end up being prisoners of the walls they build."
The all-female board of Women Church World, which is published alongside the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, gained international attention when it exposed the abuse of nuns by clergy, quit en masse over what it said was a campaign by the Holy See to sabotage the magazine's work.
The existence of internal guidelines was revealed to a man seeking answers from the church after he found out his biological father was a priest.
Despite being picked on for her plant-based diet, Genesis Butler is determined to turn the world vegan.
The seven-day break could put women at greater risk of falling pregnant, according to experts.
And I said, 'So you believe capitalism, the kind of -- the capitalism we have now is a sin?' He goes, 'Yes, it is.'
The Vatican does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea, which according to some religious agencies, has a few hundred to around 4,000 Catholics living in the country.
It seems that many folks' opinion of Francis has changed drastically in the last year and a half.
Francis has been accused of not acting on allegations of abuse against now-resigned Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.