Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Catholicism’s Franciscan order

December 20, 2014
(Catholic monks during the procession in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Old City)

(Catholic monks during the procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, 2006/Abraham Sobkowski OFM)

Pope’s Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

December 20, 2014
(Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin looks on during the arrival of Pope Francis (not pictured) at Fiumicino airport in Rome May 24, 2014. With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, Pope Francis makes his first visit to the Middle East on Saturday, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region. He will visit Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Israel during his May 24-26 trip. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin looks on during the arrival of Pope Francis (not pictured) at Fiumicino airport in Rome May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis turns out not to have made “pets in heaven” comment

December 14, 2014
(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Holocaust survivors’ descendants help keep memory alive in new book

December 10, 2014
(The sign "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 to remember those who died during the Nazi organised genocide during World War Two that cost the lives of millions of Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals and opponents to Germany's fascist regime and its collaborators. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(The sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Exclusive: Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex-Vatican bank heads

December 6, 2014
(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. A preliminary inquiry by the Vatican bank after the arrest of a Vatican prelate on suspicion of trying to smuggle huge sums of money into Italy from Switzerland found "clear failings" at the institution, a source close to the bank said on July 4, 2013. The board of the bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), held a meeting on Thursday that also addressed the shock resignation of its two top managers on Monday. The meeting had not been made public. Picture taken in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

(An exterior view of the round tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros “tucked away” – Cardinal Pell

December 4, 2014
(Cardinal George Pell gestures as he talks during a news conference for the presentation of new president of Vatican Bank IOR, at the Vatican July 9, 2014. The Vatican said on Wednesday it will separate its bank's investment business from its Church payments work to try to clean up after years of scandal including allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. French businessman Jean-Baptise de Franssu was named as the new head of the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), succeeding German lawyer Ernst Von Freyberg, who has run the bank since February 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Cardinal George Pell gestures as he talks during a news conference for the presentation of new president of Vatican Bank IOR, at the Vatican July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

December 1, 2014
(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

November 30, 2014
(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. Pope Francis began a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State

November 30, 2014
(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

(Pope Francis addresses during a meeting with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, (not pictured), in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Pope Francis slams all forms of fundamentalism and Syria, Iraq persecution

November 28, 2014
(Pope Francis prepares to shake hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

(Pope Francis prepares to shake hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)