Former pope Benedict makes rare Vatican appearance with successor Francis

July 2, 2016
Former pope Benedict (R) is greeted by Pope Francis during a ceremony to mark his 65th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at the Vatican June 28, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Former pope Benedict (R) is greeted by Pope Francis during a ceremony to mark his 65th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at the Vatican June 28, 2016. Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis says Catholic Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment

June 29, 2016
Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at Armenia on June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi/Pool

(Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at Armenia on June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi)

Vatican hits back at Turkey for calling Pope Francis a ‘crusader’

June 29, 2016
Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Divine Liturgy at the apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

(Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Divine Liturgy at the apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili)

Pope Francis comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

June 18, 2016
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend the opening of a meeting of Rome's diocese in Saint John Lateran basilica in Rome, Italy, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend the opening of a meeting of Rome’s diocese in Saint John Lateran basilica in Rome, Italy, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis rebukes ‘weary’ Europe and says migrants are not criminals

May 12, 2016
Pope Francis talks during a ceremony in which he was awarded 2016 Charlemagne Prize at the Vatican May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Angelo Carconi/Pool

Pope Francis talks during a ceremony in which he was awarded 2016 Charlemagne Prize at the Vatican May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Angelo Carconi/Pool

Vatican saw surge of suspicious financial activity reports in 2015

April 29, 2016
A guard stands at the Vatican April 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(A guard stands at the Vatican April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

The Vatican received 544 reports of suspicious financial activity in 2015, nearly four times more than the year before, its financial watchdog said on Thursday, putting the increase down to better compliance, not more crime.

Syrian refugees flown out by Pope Francis start new life in Rome

April 23, 2016
Nour Essa, 30, from Syria, plays with her son Riad, 2, during an interview with Reuters at the Sant'Egidio community in Rome, Italy, April 20,2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Nour Essa, 30, from Syria, plays with her son Riad, 2, at the Sant’Egidio community in Rome, Italy, April 20,2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis says it’s crazy to see his meeting with Bernie Sanders as political

April 18, 2016
Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/ Filippo Monteforte/Pool

(Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/ Filippo Monteforte)

Pope Francis returns to Vatican with 12 Muslim refugees after visit to Lesbos

April 18, 2016
Pope Francis welcomes a group of Syrian refugees after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome following a visit at the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/ Filippo Monteforte/Pool

(Pope Francis welcomes a group of Syrian refugees after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome following a visit at the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/ Filippo Monteforte)

Pope Francis calls for compassionate Church open to ‘imperfect’ Catholics

April 8, 2016
Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)