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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised...

McDonald’s opens near Vatican, upsetting some purists

ROME: McDonald's has opened a franchise just steps away from the gleaming white marble dome of St. Peter's Basilica, giving indigestion to some cardinals...

Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of ‘terrorism’

VATICAN CITY: Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Pope rebukes Europe, says migrants not criminals

ROME: Pope Francis on Friday lamented a Europe he said had grown "weary" and "entrenched", and urged the continent not to see migrants as criminals.

Pope urges Pakistan to protect religious minorities

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday condemned the Easter suicide bomb by extremist militants that killed at least 70 people in Lahore, many of them Christians, as “hideous” and demanded that the country’s authorities protect religious minorities.

Vatican denies Italian media report that pope has brain tumor

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican on Wednesday denied an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor.

Italy: Pakistani detained for calling nephew named Osama

PESHAWAR/ROME: Italian authorities have been keeping eight Pakistani nationals under custody on suspicion of terrorism activities, while one of them was arrested only because his nephew's name was Osama, ARY News reported.

Al Qaeda likely planned an attack on Vatican

ROME: People being investigated in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the prosecutors leading the probe said on Friday.

Pope Francis condemns Pakistan church attacks

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday condemned two suicide attacks on churches in Pakistan and accused the world of "seeking to hide" the persecution of Christians.

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea

SEOUL: Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday, where he will spend five days traveling around the country and meeting some of South Korea's five million Catholics on the first trip by a pontiff to Asia since 1999.

Pope says about two percent of priests are pedophiles: paper

ROME: About two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying, adding that the pontiff considered the crime "a leprosy in our house".