Pope Francis' advisers start first draft toward document overhauling Vatican

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

    Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Monday (Sept 15).

      Pope Francis: People have yet to learn that war is madness, indifference a sin

      VATICAN CITY - When will people ever learn that war is madness and conflicts are only resolved by forgiveness, Pope Francis asked.

        At wedding, Pope Francis says spouses make each other better men and women

        VATICAN CITY - Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life.

          Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam?

          On Sept. 12 eight years ago, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism.

            Pope Francis to address European Parliament Nov. 25

            VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25.

              Couples with kids, cohabitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

              VATICAN CITY - Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.

                Pope Francis to visit Turkey in November

                VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country.

                  Sistine Chapel feels fallout from 'Francis effect' on attendance

                  VATICAN CITY - The "Francis effect" has spilled over into the Sistine Chapel, bringing a surge in visitors but also increasing risks to maintenance of what Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, calls "the world's chapel."

                    Pope Francis' one-day trip expected to give Albanians hope, healing

                    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' choice of Albania as the destination of his first international trip in Europe reflects his trademark pastoral approach: Head to the peripheries, bring healing to the suffering.

                      Pope Francis to celebrate wedding Mass for 20 couples

                      VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will officiate at the weddings of 20 couples who plan to tie the knot at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 14.