Gerard Fesch was 40 when he learned his father, Jacques Fesch, had been executed for murder in France.
Catholics bishops from right across the globe are meeting in Rome this month to update church doctrine. They’re wrestling with some contentious issues, including language.
"God bless America" has been Pope Francis's biggest applause line on this visit. The addressed Congress and implored his audience to live up to the highest ideals of the American Dream. But he is presenting a challenge to US leader as well.
The pope turned up at the White House Wednesday, not in the usual elaborate Popemobile, but in a more humble FIAT 500L, on loan from the Vatican's Apostolic Nunciature in the US. The new Popemobile, a white Jeep wrangler, was wheeled out later. So how has the the Popemobile evolved over time?
For years, the Catholic Church was beleaguered across Cuba, but with Pope Francis, many now see an opportunity for Cuban Catholics to build a freer future.
Pope Francis is trying to remake the Catholic Church by reforming the Vatican. He's definitely got his work cut out for him.
It’s hardly surprising that an overwhelming majority of Catholics love Pope Francis. But the appeal of this particular pope extends to many non-Catholics as well.
He fled Boston leaving a trail of 550 people abused by parish priests and court judgments that topped $85 million. Now that Pope Francis has promised accountability to survivors of church sex abuse, where is Cardinal Law? Turns out, he's in a new apartment in the Vatican — when he's not on vacation.
The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.
Pope Francis condemned the mafia last week and warned mobsters that they're going to hell unless they stop their evil ways. Here's why that came as a surprise to those who know the Vatican's history.
Frontline's new documentary, "Secrets of the Vatican," uses leaked documents and interviews to expose turmoil, corruption and abuse in the final year of Pope Benedict's papacy. It's a legacy that Pope Francis is now trying to overcome.