Pope Francis seeks to align Catholic Church hierarchy with the pews

August 2, 2013

(Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis won’t judge gays, admits not all saints at Vatican, opposes women priests

July 29, 2013

(Pope Francis talks with journalists as he flies back to Rome after his visit to Brazil July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool)

Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint

June 25, 2013

(Pope Pius XII, the wartime pontiff, appears in an undated file photo from the archives of Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.  REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis ‘snub’ of concert stuns cardinals and sends them a signal

June 24, 2013

(An empty papal throne is pictured as Archbishop Rino Fisichella (standing at right) reads a message from Pope Francis before a RAI National Symphony Orchestra concert in Paul VI hall at the Vatican June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Pope Francis laments ‘gay lobby’ and corruption in Vatican – report

June 12, 2013

(Pope Francis adjusts his skullcap as he leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Italian professor says has found world’s oldest complete Torah in Bologna

May 29, 2013

(A scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world’s oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, Italy,  May 29, 2013.
REUTERS/Mauro Perani/Handout via Reuters)

Vatican marks anniversary of the 1972 attack on Michelangelo’s Pieta

May 21, 2013

(A combo photo shows a detail view of the damaged Michelangelo’s Pieta and it after restoration works at the Vatican. Musei Vaticani/Handout via Reuters)

Church must help the poorest, not discuss theology over tea, Pope Francis says

May 20, 2013

(Pope Francis speaks as he leads a Pentecost vigil mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)