Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

March 14, 2015
(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church's special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Pope Francis, on second anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

March 14, 2015
(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis approves legal framework for Vatican financial reform

March 4, 2015
(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul's Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004/REUTERS Tony Gentile)

(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul’s Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope to mafiosi: repent and Catholic Church will welcome you back

February 23, 2015
(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

February 18, 2015
(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter's Square after Pope Francis' weekly audience, February 18, 2015. The prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter’s Square after Pope Francis’ weekly audience, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Shun caste mentality, defend weakest, Pope Francis tells new cardinals

February 15, 2015
(Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown (with video)

February 9, 2015
(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome's outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis gives homeless in rainy Rome lost-and-found umbrellas

February 6, 2015
(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of voting for the election of a new pope, at the Vatican March 13, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will continue their conclave meeting inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave voting that elected Pope Francis, at the Vatican March 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

I’m a technology disaster, Pope Francis confesses on Google Hangout

February 5, 2015
(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference at the gang-infested neighbourhood of La Campanera, on the outskirts of San Salvador September 4, 2014. Pope Francis warned children living in violent areas of El Salvador to avoid the influence of gangs or "maras" during a videoconference from the Vatican, local media reported. The event was organised by the Futbol Forever Foundation, which aims to improve the living condition of impoverished youth. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)

(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference with youths in San Salvador September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)