The pope has used public occasions to draw attention to the plight of the poor.
For those who do not seek God's forgiveness, Pope Francis says, "There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
The palms used on the Sunday before Easter are all blessed and sometimes burned to be used the following Ash Wednesday.
The Vatican gave unprecedented access to the award-winning director.
The pontiff blew out one birthday candle from a 13-foot-long pizza on Sunday morning.
The luxury car will be auctioned to help Iraqi Christians devastated by jihadi group.
Workers at St. Peter's will no longer enjoy papal pulls of tobacco from next year.
"The priest says 'lift up your hearts.' He does not say, 'lift up your cell phones to take pictures.'"
Bannon has slammed U.S. bishops for defending undocumented immigration, claiming the Catholic Chruch "needs illegal aliens to fill the churches."
As a former club bouncer and chemical engineer, the pope's past is a frequent source of surprises.
Trump left Spicer, a Catholic, out of his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in May.
"If someone shouts Allahu Akbar while running through St Mark's Square, we'll shoot them," the mayor of Venice said.
Christians are persecuted in North Korea, but top Catholic bishops are still calling for Washington and Pyongyang to sit down for negotiations.
The Argentine pope, who has already made more than 800 saints, has opened a fourth way to attain the status.
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and the third-highest-ranking official at the Vatican.
The pope has stepped in decisively on the church's crisis in Ahiara, where priests have refused to accept their bishop for the past four years.