• April 16, 2016

    Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday 16 April 2016.

  • April 16, 2016

    Pope Francis’ new document on love, marriage and the family involves no change in core doctrine, to the dismay of many.

  • June 16, 2015

    An old man in the city of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria pointed to a barren, sun-baked plain and said: "When I was young there was a forest out there and if we were hungry we could just pick fruit of

  • January 19, 2015

    Catholic parishes across England and Wales have celebrating Peace Sunday this weekend, sharing the 2015 peace message of Pope Francis: 'Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters'.

  • January 19, 2015

    Some six million people flocked to the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday 18 January to take part in a celebratory Mass led by Pope Francis.

  • January 18, 2015

    In the worldwide Catholic Church, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated in January each year, having been instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X. In 2015 it falls on 18 January, which is also the Church's World Peace Day (and for many the first Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity).

  • December 25, 2014

    In his traditional Christmas Day address, Pope Francis denounced religiously motivated violence and persecution, making a strong call for peace.

  • November 29, 2014

    Pope Francis has undertaken a fourth papal visit to Turkey amid much ignorance and misunderstanding. Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian says that the present leader of the worldwide Catholic Church came to Ankara and Istanbul with three overarching objectives. He looks at what those are and why they are important politically and religiously.

  • June 10, 2014

    In both Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Pope Francis offered his home in the Vatican as a place for the encounter of prayer. It was a potentially transformative moment. Now that the event is over, and both presidents have re-iterated their desire for peace, what happens next to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - more so since President Peres completes his term as president of Israel at the end of July? Regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian explores the issues.

  • March 10, 2014

    Pope Francis met with Rev Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, on 7 March in an encounter described as "very positive".