We know what we can see of the Vatican - the solid majesty of Bernini's colonnaded square, St Peter's, and the basilica and the city which sit behind it.
The number of women working for Vatican City has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Vatican has confirmed a report it has received a ransom note for two letters written by Renaissance master Michelangelo which were stolen from the archives almost 20 years ago, reports Crux.
While the world came to grips with Francis, John Paul II biographer George Weigel predicted the Church was set to witness a Papacy of evangelical humility, summed up in the motto chosen by Francis.
To coincide with the Cricket World Cup, the Bible Society has organised a rival event this Sunday at the University of Sydney. Cricket for Bibles is an inter-faith tournament between teams made up of prominent clergy, cricketers and celebrities.
"Brothers and sisters, good evening!" were the first words offered in Italian by the Pope from Argentina after he stepped on to the balcony and into history. Relive the moment in this video from CNS.
"Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. Some thought of Francis Xavier, Francis De Sales, and also Francis of Assisi. I will tell you the story," Francis told the media after his election.
When Francis stepped out onto the balcony as Pope, he had already made history as the first non-European Pontiff of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit and the first Pope to assume the name Francis, reported CNN.
A German prioress has negotiated with the local archidocese for an empty Bavarian abbey to take in refugee families from conflict zones wiin the next few months, reports The Catholic Herald.
Pope Francis has appealed for Catholics to increase their “love for the house of God” as he marked the 50th anniversary of the first Papal Mass in the vernacular, reports The Catholic Herald.
Politicians and church officials are heading to Maitland near Newcastle today for the official opening of the Hunter's first new Catholic school in more than 30 years, reports the ABC.
Through Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis has once again proved himself as tough as he is gentle, and strengthened his grip on the Vatican Curia. But transparency is essential if these reforms are to work, writes The Tablet in an editorial.
NSW opposition Leader Luke Foley says his mother instilled in him as a child faith in three institutions: The Labor Party, the Catholic Church and the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League football club, reports AAP in SkyNews.
The Family and Society Council of the French bishops conference is preparing a theological analysis of adult Catholics who are neither married nor in religious life, a group overlooked by last year's synod, reports The Tablet.
Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970s murder of former Premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily reported on Saturday, reports AFP on Ucanews.
A British archaeologist says a first-century dwelling found beneath a convent in Nazareth could have been Jesus' childhood home, reports The Huffington Post.
It's been a long time since the astronomer Galileo got into strife with the Cburch and many theories have been put forth over the years to explain what happened.
Catholic Social Services Victoria will hold its Commissioning Mass and Annual General Meeting this Thursday in Melbourne.
Jesuit priest Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for more than eight months, has revealed how prayer and Vatican Radio kept him going during his ordeal, reports The Catholic Herald.