Pope Francis drew 6.6 million to Vatican in 2013, three times more than Benedict

January 3, 2014

(A general view of Saint Peter’s Square is seen as the faithful gather during Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

It’s official: Vatican says Pope Francis has not abolished sin

January 1, 2014

(A panel depicting the sin of gluttony in “The Seven Mortal Sins and the Four Last Things” by Hieronymus Bosch, around 1500, now in the Prado Museum in Madrid)

Atheists should work with believers for peace, Pope Francis says on Christmas

December 26, 2013

(Pope Francis holds the baby Jesus statue at the end of the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests

November 20, 2013

(A fresco inside the catacomb of Priscilla’a “Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman” room showing a woman with outstretched arms like those of a priest saying Mass. In Rome November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis meeting with Putin could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

November 7, 2013

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)

Vatican aims to defeat the Church of England — on the cricket pitch

October 22, 2013

(England’s Graham Onions (4th R) celebrates after dismissing South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (near lower stumps) during the third cricket test match at Newlands in Cape Town, January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Philip Brown)

‘Luxury bishop’ must take responsibility for crisis – German church head

October 15, 2013

(A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst next to Limburg Cathedral (L) in Limburg October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )

Pope attacks global economics for worshipping ‘god of money,’ slams “throwaway culture”

September 22, 2013

(Pope Francis looks on as he leads a mass outside the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria in Cagliari September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Pope Francis’s interview message heralds change of tone on gays, abortion

September 22, 2013

(Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves at the end of his visit to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)