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Pope Francis delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ko(...)

Pope Francis (L) and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, meet at the helicopter pad of the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. Photograph:  Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images

It was an historic, keenly anticipated moment, the day when two popes, both dressed in almost identical white, met to talk, to pray and then to(...)

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. Photgraph: L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images

Pope Francis urged the West today to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty. The new pontif(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden and his wife Jill are greeted by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica after his inauguration at the Vatican yesterday. Mr Biden confirmed today that he will visit Ireland laster this year. Photograph: Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden has confirmed he will visit Ireland later this year. He made the announcement during a meeting with the Taoiseach E(...)

Pope Francis greets members of the faithful as he makes his way around St Peter’s Square yesterday.  Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

It was the “ Buona sera ” on the night of his election that said it all. Papa Francesco inten(...)

South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier. He apologised today for offending victims of child abuse when he described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in a media interview.

A South African cardinal today apologised for offending victims of child abuse when he described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in (...)

Quite a few of us get the bus and do our own housework, thanks. It is true that not all of us can be elected pope – that’s just for biological (...)

Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless the faithful, gathered below in St Peter's Square. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

More than 100,000 people gathered to hear Pope Francis say his first Angelus from the papal apartments at the Vatican this afternoon In (...)

Newly elected Pope Francis speaks as he holds his first audience with journalists and media inside the Paul VI hall today. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Pope told over 4,500 members of the media and their families this morning how he chose the name Francis on his election last Wednesday even(...)

Did Dr Who borrow one of its key memes from the papacy? For those unfamiliar with the flag(...)

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