Pope Francis holds mass commemorating centenary of John-Paul II | AFP

Pope Francis celebrates a private mass broadcast by video, in front of the tomb of John Paul II, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish-born pontiff.

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Pope calls for ‘immediate’ ceasefire in global conflicts | AFP

Pope Francis calls for an “immediate” ceasefire in global conflict and urges European nations to show “solidarity” in the face of a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 109,000 lives worldwide.

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Coronavirus: The Vatican celebrates Holy Week without the faithful | AFP

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Easter Holy Week, in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica. In March the Vatican announced that all liturgical celebrations of Easter week would be held “without the physical presence of the faithful” in St. Peter’s Square, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, April 5th: PM Boris Johnson admitted into hospital for COVID-19 symptoms; Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday; Fire burns near Chernobyl nuclear plant; Israeli hospital creates glass case for victims killed by coronavirus.

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Vatican celebrates Palm Sunday without congregation due to coronavirus | AFP

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday behind closed doors in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica and St. Peter’s Square are usually packed by Catholic faithful for Palm Sunday, but this year it is empty because of coronavirus containment measures. IMAGES

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Pope prays for coronavirus victims as Italy toll mounts | AFP

Pope Francis prays in a Rome cathedral for coronavirus victims on Sunday as Italy’s death toll hit a one-day high of 368. The pontiff has been suffering from a cold for more than two weeks and communicating with the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics via livestream.

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Pope Francis delivers his first livestreamed prayer from the Vatican | AFP

Christians gather on Saint Peter’s Square to watch the first livestreamed prayer delivered by Pope Francis. The pontiff is breaking with centuries of tradition and reverting to the use of streaming technology at the request of the Italian authorities, a move designed to keep down the number of people turning out to watch the traditional Angelus Prayer. The pope did take the time to wave at the crowd from his window at the end of the livestream. IMAGES

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WHO cautions on coronavirus readiness; Pope Francis ill; hearse and corpse recovered after chase; Dow tumbles again. (Feb. 27)

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Here are the top stories for Wednesday, Feb. 26th: Biden gets key endorsement in S.C.; Sanders pushes universal child care, cancelling student debt; Virus debate hits Capitol Hill; Pope Francis holds Ash Wednesday mass, while some masses cancelled.

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Pope Francis apologises for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper | AFP

Pope Francis apologises before the traditional Angelus prayer for having “lost patience” the previous evening with a woman who shook his hand too hard during his walk around St Peter’s Square.

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Pope gets visibly angry with woman who grabs his hand | AFP

Pope Francis angrily slaps away a woman’s hand when she grabs it during his walk around the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square. IMAGES

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Pope Francis leads mass to mark Vatican’s World Day of Peace | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter’s Basilica to mark the Vatican’s World Day of Peace. IMAGES

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Pope celebrates Midnight Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone – “even the worst of us” – as he celebrated Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Vatican. (Dec. 25)

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Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass | AFP

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus’s birth reminded humanity how “God continues to love us all, even the worst of us”. +REFILES WITH AFP TEXT STORY+ The pontiff told crowds gathered at the Vatican for his Christmas Eve Mass: “You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you.”

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Pope leaves Japan after nuclear-dominated trip | AFP

Pope Francis leaves Japan, bringing to an end a long-desired visit marked by messages on atomic power and weapons as he comforted survivors of nuclear bombings and accidents.

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Pope Francis meets with Japan’s Abe during Tokyo visit | AFP

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Pope Francis in his official residence during the penultimate day of the pontiff’s Asian tour. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Saturday, Nov. 23rd: More than 320 killed in Iraq protests; Pope Francis is in Japan; Roads in Italy flooded after heavy rains; Mummified lions, crocodiles and birds in new Egypt finds.

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Pope Francis arrives at Tokyo-Haneda Airport | AFP

Pope Francis lands in Japan for a visit that will take him to Nagasaki and Hiroshima to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pray for peace. He is on the second and final leg of an Asia tour that began in Thailand, where he warned of the pitfalls of modern technology and promoted religious tolerance, including by meeting the country’s senior Buddhist leadership. IMAGES

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Pope Francis holds a mass at Assumption Cathedral | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass for young Catholics at Bangkok’s 109-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption on the last day of his visit to Thailand. He heads to Japan on Saturday for the second and final leg of his Asia tour, which will include visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both devastated by atomic bombs by the US during World War II.

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Pope kicks off final day of Thailand visit | AFP

Pope Francis meets with Catholics at St Peter’s Church in Bangkok on the final full day of his visit to Thailand. IMAGES

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Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass | AFP

Pope Francis leads an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.

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Pope Francis begins Asia tour in Bangkok

Pope Francis had a busy schedule Thursday on his first full day of activities of his weeklong Asia tour, including meetings with Thailand’s prime minister and the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism. (Nov. 21)

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