In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, many churchgoers are observing the holy day with family prayers, fasting and by watching livestreamed services.
The senior Catholic will walk free after he was convicted of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys.
The images are in stark contrast to those documenting the pontiff's previous blessings.
Tourists won't be allowed to visit the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage site until at least early April.
The pontiff has canceled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him.
Amid the growing COVID-19 outbreak, Catholic churches in Italy and the Philippines took steps to protect the faithful.
The question of whether to allow priests to be married has dominated debate in the Catholic Church for months.
The pope tapped Bishop Nelson Perez to be Philadelphia's first Hispanic archbishop, replacing Archbishop Charles Chaput, who has clashed with Francis.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI's intervention is extraordinary, given he had promised to remain “hidden from the world” when he retired in 2013.
The pontiff smacked a woman’s arm after she grabbed him during a walkabout on New Year’s Eve. He used his first address of 2020 to say sorry.
Fireworks dotted the globe with New Year's celebrations in every time zone.
It's Obama's 12th time in the top spot, Trump's first. Michelle Obama placed first among women, Melania Trump second.
Pope Francis used his speech in St. Peter's Square to address suffering around the world, including Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Venezuela and South Sudan.
Academy Award hopeful "The Two Popes" debuted.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in "The Two Popes."
The pope has vowed zero tolerance for offenders, but victims of abuse want him to do more and make bishops who allegedly covered up the abuse accountable.
The new arrivals, who were living in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, now have a chance to start over in Italy.
Pope Francis accepted Richard Malone's resignation following widespread criticism from his staff, priests and the public.
“The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral — as is the possession of atomic weapons,” the pope declared at the Hiroshima peace memorial.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who recently wrapped up an investigation of clerical sex abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo, denies that he molested a former altar boy.