Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 1936 as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis is pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected by a papal conclave on March 13, 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013.
Pope Francis has ordered showers be installed for the homeless next to St Peter's Square after a street sleeper declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.Saturday, 15 November, 2014, 2:52am
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has met Pope Francis in Rome with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.20 Oct 2014 - 5:10am
Pope Francis is renting out the Sistine Chapel for the first time for a corporate event and will donate the proceeds to charity, it has emerged.18 Oct 2014 - 3:46am
Pope Francis appeared to back reform of the Catholic Church's approach to marriage, cohabitation and divorce as bishops began a landmark review of teaching on the family.6 Oct 2014 - 4:34am
Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the United States, the Vatican said yesterday.26 Sep 2014 - 4:28am
The leader of the Catholic Church has renewed his passport and national identity card, and Argentina's Vatican envoy said on Monday that the pope insisted on paying for the documents himself. He was fingerprinted in the process.18 Feb 2014 - 9:22pm
Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, as thousands flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.25 Dec 2013 - 9:43am
Pope Francis is living up to his promise to preside over "a poor church for the poor" after taking delivery of a 20-year-old Renault with 300,000 kilometres on the clock, a gift from an elderly Italian priest.12 Sep 2013 - 2:42am
Pope Francis' remarks that he would not "judge" homosexuals were positively received by gay groups, though the encouragement was tempered by his talk of gay clergy's "sins".31 Jul 2013 - 2:49am
Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society, in some of the most conciliatory remarks by a pontiff on the issue of homosexuality. In a broad-ranging 80-minute conversation with journalists on the plane bringing him back from a week-long visit to Brazil on Sunday night, he also said he could not judge gay priests, an emotive topic that divides Catholic opinion.30 Jul 2013 - 1:59am 1 comment
Pope Francis joined two million young pilgrims in a prayer vigil on Rio’s Copacabana beach late Saturday, voicing support for youths protesting for change.
“The young people in the street are the ones who want to be actors of change. Please don’t let others be actors of change,” he urged young Roman Catholics.28 Jul 2013 - 12:22pm
Pope Francis has shown that his message of renewed faith in Jesus Christ can compete with the Rolling Stones and their Sympathy for the Devil.
Seven years after the rock legends lured throngs to Copacabana in Brazil for an epic concert, organisers of a Catholic youth event say the pope attracted 1.5 million to Rio de Janeiro's legendary beach.27 Jul 2013 - 3:14am
Pope Francis arrived in Brazil on Monday on his first foreign trip as pontiff and was swarmed by well-wishers as he drove into Rio de Janeiro, where more than one million people are expected to gather to see the first Latin American to head the Roman Catholic Church.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Security concerns are mounting in Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares for the pope's arrival today, after riots last week in some upmarket beachside districts and because Pope Francis has refused to use his armoured popemobile on his week-long visit.22 Jul 2013 - 6:03am 1 comment
The Italian weekly L'Espresso said prelate Battista Ricca had gay relationships during his time at the Vatican embassy of Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as an affair with a Swiss army officer which ultimately saw him sent back to Rome in disgrace.22 Jul 2013 - 6:04am