Cigarette sales in The Vatican are to vanish into a puff of smoke from 2018.
Angela Merkel has her fourth private audience with Pope Francis.
Trump says meeting pope 'honour of a lifetime'
The pair have clashed over several issues in the past including migration, rampant capitalism and global warming.
The world’s oldest standing army has 40 new members after a Swiss Guard swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican.
The Pope took offence to the word "mother" being used to describe a deadly weapon.
It is an issue that has reached boiling point and threatens us all with nuclear destruction.
Pope Francis' surprise TED talk carries a message of warning to the powerful.
Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday (April 17) in the garden of his residence in the Vatican.
Referring to the blast near Aleppo which killed more than 100 people, Francis said Syrians were the "victims of a war that does not cease to sow horror and death."
Security has been increased all over Rome for Easter following recent international terror attacks.
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of inmates at a jail housing Mafia turncoats on Thursday, again putting his own stamp on a traditional Holy Week ritual.
Rome's homeless can keep their clothes clean courtesy of a new papal initiative
Pope Francis has condemned Sunday’s violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt, where deadly double attacks are sure to raise security concerns over his own forthcoming trip to the…
The Pope spoke to EU leaders on the eve of a summit marking the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding document
The Pope spoke to EU leaders on the eve of a summit marking the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding document
Pope Francis has said he is willing to consider ordaining older married men in isolated communities, but has ruled out sweeping changes to the church’s strict rules on celibacy for…
On Wednesday Pope Francis was treated to a brief performance by the Rony Rollers Circus troupe in Saint Peter’s Square at the end of his weekly audience.
Pope issues support for Native Americans in Dakota Access Pipeline row
People trafficking and Rohingya abuse 'intolerable' says pope
The Vatican was forced to defend its decision to invite China to a conference on organ trafficking despite the country's murky recent-past regarding the issue
Posters have appeared around Rome accusing the Pontiff of attacking conservative Catholics.
The signs, which were quickly covered up by the authorities, were put up by mystery activists during the nig
Charities have been calling on people to help those affected by the cold, resulting in donations and many volunteers coming forward
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also had an audience with Pope Francis, with discussions on how peace can be achieved
A new McDonald’s fast food restaurant which opened last week near the Apostolic Palace has drawn criticism from some local restaurant owners and residents.
McDonald's cooks up controversy with a food outlet in a building belonging to the Catholic Church in Rome - within sight of St Peter's Square.