Pope Francis overturns tradition to allow women in Lenten foot-washing rite

January 21, 2016
Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during a Holy Thursday celebration, in this April 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

(Pope Francis washes a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during a Holy Thursday celebration, in this April 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis visits Rome synagogue, condemns violence in name of religion

January 18, 2016
Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome's Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome’s Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Media should give more space to good news, Pope Francis says after grim year

January 4, 2016
Pope Francis leads the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis leads vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis calls in Christmas message for unity against militant atrocities

December 28, 2015
Pope Francis waves during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis waves during the “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

New “Michelin guide” for the homeless hits streets of Rome

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Caritas homeless centre in downton Rome, Italy, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi - RTX1ZA0N

(Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Caritas homeless centre in downton Rome, Italy, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

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)