Report claimed Pope Francis had become a target of the Islamic State, within the context of its war on the west. Photograph: AP/Tony Gentile

The Vatican has played down renewed reports of a death threat against Pope Francis by Islamic State (IS) militants. On the eve of the pope’s one-day t(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

Pope Francis leads a Mass in St Paul's basilica in Rome yesterday. On Saturday the pope appointed a group of eight 
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cardinals 
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to help him govern the Catholic Church. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Just one month into his pontificate, Pope Francis on Saturday gave the first tangible indication of forthcoming radical change by appointing a (...)