Response in Rome is mixed as locals see other problems go unaddressed.
The Vatican Library is often thought of as a repository of secrets. But that will change now that it will be one of the world's great digital drives.
An ancient piece of papyrus that contains a mention of Jesus's wife is not a forgery, according to Columbia, Harvard and MIT scientific analysis.
A intrepid hawk has been taken on by the Vatican to protect the pope's doves after two were killed in front of horrified crowds by a crow and seagull.
The Vatican says a blunt UN report on sexual abuse of children by clergy was distorted and that the UN has been influenced by pro-gay marriage NGOs.
The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis "abolished sin", after a newspaper article said he had done so through his words and gestures.
In a drive for transparency, the Institute for Works of Religion has made its accounts public for the first time.
Pope Francis has told 800 nuns gathered at the Vatican that they should be spiritual "mothers" rather than "spinsters".
Pope Francis has flown in to a papal residence near Rome for an unprecedented encounter with "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis has inaugurated his papacy with an address calling for the defence of the weakest in society and of the environment.
Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell in front of his last general audience, saying he understood the gravity of his decision.
Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior.
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.
Sex abuse, secularisation, the Curia – the new pontiff has his work cut out, writes John Hooper.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.
From the Vatican City to Yemen, we showcase some of the best photographs shot around the globe this week.
The Vatican stressed that children should be raised by a father and mother after Italy's top appeals court granted a gay mother custody of her son.