Aug 19, 2014 — Pope Francis is "profoundly saddened" by news that the wife of his nephew and her two young children have been killed, Vatican Radio reports. His nephew is in intensive care.
Aug 13, 2014 — Upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which the north frequently protests, may also have inspired the show of belligerence, reports NPR's Jason Strother.
Aug 13, 2014 — The Vatican hasn't had formal relations with China since 1949, when the communists took charge. Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today for a five-day visit.
Jul 25, 2014 — In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
Jul 13, 2014 — In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Francis is quoted as calling pedophilia a "leprosy in our house." The Vatican has disputed parts of the article.
Jul 7, 2014 — The pope holds his first official meetings with victims of sexual abuse, saying that the priests who hurt them behaved like "a sacrilegious cult."
Jun 21, 2014 — Pope Francis made the statement during an open-air mass, saying mafiosos have a "contempt for the common good."
Jun 5, 2014 — The five Italians who were replaced were associated with the Vatican's discredited old guard. The new members are from four countries, and include a former Bush administration official.
May 29, 2014 — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.
May 24, 2014 — Francis is only the fourth pontiff to visit the Holy Land in 2,000 years. Francis will make stops in the West Bank and Jerusalem during a three-day visit.