At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The special delegate appointed to be Pope Francis' spokesman to the Knights of Malta has reportedly ordered the group's former leader not to participate in the election of his successor, which will be held in Rome at the end of the month.
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who was appointed to his role in February following weeks of tension between the Vatican and the historic chivalric order, told former Grand Master Matthew Festing that his presence would "reopen wounds ... and would prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace."
France's National Front presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, slammed Pope Francis for welcoming migrants and attacked the Catholic Church for meddling in French politics.
Pope Francis explains his Holy Thursday ritual: 'This is Jesus' mandate for all of us, but especially the bishop who is father of everyone.'
A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish after some in his congregation stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday.
Francis Chronicles: In his latest bid to help the poor with practical actions, Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the homeless in the heart of Rome.
Launching preparations for the 2018 Synod of Bishops and for World Youth Day 2019, Francis gathered with youths and young adults for an evening prayer vigil at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major.
Italian archaeologists have discovered the remains of 38 skeletons buried in a Jewish cemetery in Rome more than 500 years ago, offering further evidence of their ubiquity and persecution under papal rule.
The well-preserved skeletons were found during excavations beneath a building in an area identified on ancient maps as “Campus Iudeorum” – Latin for “Field of Jews” — in the Trastevere quarter of Rome just across the Tiber River from the Italian capital.
Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner says his group has asked the pontiff to create a new Vatican office to train personnel in how to respond to letters from abuse survivors.
"I must say, in all sincerity, that there is no date. And we understand it well because it involves a process," said Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas.