An Italian teenager who used the internet to spread his faith is on a path to becoming the Catholic Church's first millennial saint.
Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons during a visit to Nagasaki, one of the two Japanese cities targeted by atomic bombs during World War Two.
Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty and is set to be jailed for child sexual abuse in the most sensational verdict since the Catholic Church became engulfed in worldwide abuse scandals.
Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants stuck aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and to give them a safe port of call.
Pope keeps silent on abuse claim letter at end of Irish visit. "I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself."