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.
May 24, 2014 — Pope Francis becomes one of the few pontiffs who have visited the birthplace of Christianity when he makes a three-day journey to the Holy Land where he will reach out to other faiths as well.
May 23, 2014 — Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.
May 21, 2014 — The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054. In the Holy Land this week, the pope and Orthodox leaders will meet to try to start restoring unity. But not everyone is eager for reconciliation.