Some Catholics heed Pope Francis’s call to succour refugees, others look away

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis tells Vatican officials reform will go ahead with ‘firm resolve’

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli/Pool

(Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli)

Salvation is free, pope says, warning against Holy Year fraudsters

December 16, 2015
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis urges countries to review migration laws to help refugees

December 15, 2015
Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Italian police seize 3,500 fake parchments with papal blessings

December 15, 2015
The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

(The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Vatican must step up prosecutions of financial crimes: European watchdog

December 15, 2015
A general view of St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(A general view of St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Machine guns, no-fly zone guard Pope Francis’s opening of Catholic Holy Year

December 8, 2015
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. Peter's basilica, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. Peter’s basilica, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis ends Africa tour with mosque visit in besieged Muslim enclave

November 30, 2015
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini - RTX1WGN8

(Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God’s name

November 26, 2015
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool

(Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool)

Vatican puts journalists on trial over leaks book, amid human rights furore

November 24, 2015
Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda (2nd R), Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui (3rd  R) and journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi (5th R) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (4th R) attend a trial at the Vatican November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

9Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda (2nd R), Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui (3rd R) and journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi (5th R) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (4th R) attend a trial at the Vatican November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano0