Pope Francis has flown in to a papal residence near Rome for an unprecedented encounter with "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis is preparing for a historic meeting with his predecessor Benedict XVI on Saturday.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church, and has taken the name Pope Francis I.
The mystery of who the new pope would be has been as thick as the unmistakable heavy black smoke billowing from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel chimney.
A new survey, conducted by CNN and mobile phone crowdsourcing company Jana, has indicated Africans think a pope from Africa would be a good idea.
Roman Catholic cardinals prayed for divine help, hours before a conclave to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the church.
We take a look at seven of the most likely candidates to take over from Pope Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in 600 years.
Fresh scandal has hit the cardinals who are due to choose Pope Benedict XVI's successor as he spoke from his window for the last time.
Pope Benedict has lamented the "evil, suffering and corruption" that has defaced God's creation in an address to the heads of the Vatican bureaucracy.
Pope Benedict XVI is nearly blind in one eye and was advised to limit air travel because of his high blood pressure, says the Vatican Insider website.
Catholicism's European power base is under threat and the election of a new pope could be a historic moment for the church.
It could have been the tweet of the century. But Pope Benedict decided not to announce his resignation on Twitter.
Sex abuse, secularisation, the Curia â€“ the new pontiff has his work cut out, writes John Hooper.
Peter Turkson has responded to speculation that he could be chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, saying he'll take on the role 'if it's the will of God'.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.
A Vatican court has convicted a computer programmer of helping the Pope's butler leak confidential papers in a scandal that embarrassed the Vatican.
The pope's former butler has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican that revealed fraud and intrigue.
The case against Paolo Gabriele, in which he is accused of stealing and leaking documents alleging corruption in the Vatican, has been adjourned.
During a visit to Lebanon the Pope has urged the Middle East's Christians and Muslims to forge a harmonious society and reject vengeance.