Pope Francis celebrates New Year mass

Pope Francis celebrates New Year mass a day after the Vatican announced the resignations of its spokesman and his deputy, without giving any explanation. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

Chinese Catholics conclude historic year with Chirstmas Eve mass

Hundreds of Chinese Catholics attend a Christmas Eve mass in Beijing, closing out a year that saw China, which broke off diplomatic ties with the Holy See in 1951, reach an historic deal with the Vatican.

Pakistani Christians welcome blasphemy acquittal ruling

Pakistani Christians react to the Supreme Court overturning of the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican.

Exterior of Pakistan’s Supreme Court before verdict announced

Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturns the conviction of a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican. IMAGES of exterior of Pakistan’s Supreme Court before verdict being announced

South Korean President meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets Pope Francis at the Vatican. The two held a private audience together and exchanged gifts. IMAGES

Pope Francis leads canonisation ceremony at the Vatican

Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI are declared saints in a canonization ceremony lead by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Murdered Salvadoran, Pope Paul VI raised to sainthood

Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI are declared saints in a canonisation ceremony lead by Pope Francis at the Vatican. IMAGES

Pope, Chilean president had “frank” talk about abuse scandal

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera says he has had a “frank meeting” with Pope Francis about the “difficult situation” facing the Church in Chile, a country hit hard by the cleric abuse scandal, on a visit to the Vatican.

Pope meets Chilean President to discuss abuse scandal

Pope Francis meets the president of Chile Sebastian Pinera at the Vatican. IMAGES