- Pope Francis is seen as a 'liberal' custodian of the Holy See
- But as this sampling shows, not all of the Vatican's popes have been quite as righteous
First US visit focuses attention on Philadelphia's murky history of Church cover-ups
It’s not just a question of making sure that the pontiff has clean sheets. He requires a mattress customised to meet his specific nocturnal requirements – and it may be used for one night only. Steve Hendrix reports on the eve of his trip to America
4,000 cubic meters of rock fell from nearby cliff
The pontiff also said new technology can be used to build bridges between different cultures and religions
Critics claim circumstances of the revelations could be 'damage control'
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked child-molesting priests at a rate of more than one every two days in his last years of office, the Vatican has revealed.
The United Nations today lambasted the Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests as investigators in Geneva probe the global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.
Police found body of 39-year-old Irishman had suffered 'dozens' of stab wounds and had a section of lung missing
Arts Theatre, London
Pope Francis said the 32 babies he was baptising were "the most important people" in the chapel
Hats off to the Archbishop
The former firebrand was looked back on his 60-year career in politics during a series of interviews with the BBC
The head of the Church makes a simple point: Modern society is putty in the hands of the wealthy
The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms