Pope Francis issues new 'fundamental law' for Vatican City State

Pope Francis updated the "Fundamental Law of Vatican City State," opening the possibility that laypeople can be members of its governing commission and emphasizing that the independence of the city-state is essential for the mission of the Holy See.

It's unfair, humiliating if only the rich can build a family, Pope Francis says

Starting a family and having children has become a kind of herculean task when instead it should be valued and supported by everyone, Pope Francis said at a meeting in Rome on Italy's severe decline in population growth.

Every moment is a chance to live the Gospel, Pope Francis tells new Swiss Guards

Pope Francis asked 23 new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard to draw close to the sacraments, read Scripture and meditate on spiritual texts, including during calm shifts on guard.

Mystery mission: Details murky on Pope Francis' push for peace in Ukraine

When Pope Francis told reporters the Vatican had some kind of "mission" underway to promote an end to the war in Ukraine, journalists naturally were intrigued.

After praying for peace in Ukraine, Pope Francis greets Russian Orthodox official

Shortly after urging people to pray the rosary for peace and entrusting the people of Ukraine to Mary's care, Pope Francis met briefly with Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, director of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church.

Pope Francis on plane talks about Ukraine, returning artifacts to Canada

The Holy See has a project underway related to peace between Russia and Ukraine, but Pope Francis told reporters he could not talk about it yet.

Pope Francis meets Ukrainian prime minister at Vatican

After a half-hour private meeting in the library of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis gave the prime minister of Ukraine a bronze plaque featuring a bird and a flower alongside the inscription, "Peace is a fragile flower."

Pope Francis decides women will be voting members of Synod of Bishops

At least three dozen women will be voting members of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October, Pope Francis has decided.

Suffering is a reality to explore, not ignore, Pope Francis says

Suffering and death are human realities that raise questions people need to ask themselves, Pope Francis said.

Vatican sends relic of true cross to Britain's King Charles

As Britain's King Charles III walks into Westminster Abbey for his coronation, he will walk behind a processional cross containing a relic of Christ's cross given to the king by Pope Francis.

Everyone can 'fall,' Pope Francis tells inmates; Jesus wants to save each one

Jesus never abandons anyone; he has come to save, serve and accompany everyone, Pope Francis told young inmates.