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This is the Vatican's first reaction to Turkey's decision that has drawn international criticism
'You have taught us to live life to the full, making disability a lesson in humanity,' says the Pope in his letter to Alessandro Zanardi, who has been in a coma in hospital since a handbike crash last week
But the pontiff also condemns the violence that followed George Floyd's death in the city of Minneapolis as 'self-destructive and self-defeating'
'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis
'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis
With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See
Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope
The promotion of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal-bishop 'required special papal permission'
(UPDATED) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of the 11 'close-in consultors' of Pope Francis, boosting his chances of becoming the next pontiff
Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Guatemala, is a 66-year-old native of Cebu City
Worries about domestic abuse have spread across the world as nations force billions to stay at home to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed nearly 115,000 people
Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican
Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!
'For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,' the Pope says inside the cavernous but near empty Saint Paul's Cathedral
Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass led by Pope Francis at 5 pm, Manila time, on Easter Sunday
'We can either get depressed and alienated... or we can get creative,' says Pope Francis
After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports
Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement
Bookmark this page to watch the online Palm Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis, live from Vatican City at 5 pm (Manila time)
Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.
Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic
'We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick.'
The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late February
Italian newspapers say the 83-year-old Pope Francis has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold at the end of last month
'They are gestures of tenderness, of affection, of compassion, which are nonetheless decisive and important – for example, a hot dish, a caress, a hug, a phone call,' says Pope Francis
The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12
Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it
A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square
The Vatican releases pictures showing bishops seated in armchairs spaced a meter apart, in keeping with Italian government regulations aimed at fighting an illness that has killed 366 people in Italy in just over two weeks
Pope Francis delivers his message from the Vatican Library
The Pope, who suffered from cough, is also pulling out of an annual spiritual retreat south of Rome to stay at home and get well
Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia
(UPDATED) 'There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,' says a Vatican spokesman
This comes as Italy grapples with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. But the Vatican makes no reference to the disease in its announcement.
The pontiff very rarely cancels an appointment in his busy schedule
Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants
'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope
In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon
'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says
The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play
As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests
The visit, to both the main island of Malta and the archipelago's island of Gozo, is the pontiff's first announced journey for 2020
The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'
'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances
French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse
In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community
Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.
Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope
Pope Francis confesses he had 'lost patience' with the admirer who had grabbed his hand