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.
Paolo Glaentzer, 70, said "the devil tripped me" into abusing the girl.
"Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing," reads Vilnius's new tourism ad.
Capital punishment is "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person," according to the church's new ruling.
"If this man was able to create children like this, it's true that he is a good man," the pope said of a crying boy who asked if his dad, who was an atheist, was in heaven.
Pope Francis warned "the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze" in an attack on fake Internet news.
For those who do not seek God's forgiveness, Pope Francis says, "There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
The pope said that without proof, claims against Bishop Juan Barros were slanderous.
The pope has come under fire in Chile for promoting a bishop linked to a disgraced preacher who sexually abused children for decades.
"There is an urgent need for news communicated with serenity, precision, and completeness."
The pontiff and the president do not see eye to eye on a number of issues.
The latest propaganda poster shows an ISIS terrorist standing over the pope's severed head.
"The priest says 'lift up your hearts.' He does not say, 'lift up your cell phones to take pictures.'"