Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, signaling a shift of the church's center of gravity toward the Global South.
When Michael Odermatt was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the Swiss Guard, an image that fascinated him.
In a bid to improve its checkered record on financial transparency, the Vatican on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement with the U.S. agency that fights against financial crimes.
The Vatican's Institute for the Works of Religion, known as the Vatican bank, has a long history of secrecy and scandals, and it has reportedly been involved in several shady operations during the course of its history. In recent years, top bank officials have been put under investigation by Italian magistrates for alleged money laundering.
Pope Francis told leaders of global orders of Catholic sisters that the lives of consecrated persons are a "light in the world."
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said NCR's report of his talk Sunday gave one inaccurate translation but otherwise was accurate.
Patience in the midst of trials and patiently putting up with other people are marks of Christian maturity, Pope Francis told ushers and other staff members of the office that cleans and repairs St. Peter's Basilica and watches over the millions of people who visit it each year.
For the first time in history, the Vatican is home to a pope and a retired pope.
Amid speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican on Thursday, the Vatican spokesman said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel, telling the pope "the sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace, and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace."
The Israeli president's remarks were reported in a statement released by the Israeli Embassy to the Vatican after Peres met Pope Francis on Tuesday.