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Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo announced a week of prayers for ‘reconciliation, justice and peace’

Pope Francis addressed an ecumenical group of pilgrims on Friday

Pope says giving the Lord praise ‘brings us joy, to be happy before the Lord’

Millions of people rely on a broadcaster that has shown it can move nimbly with the times

Guardian angels are not the stuff of fantasy, the Pope said

Sisters found dead in their mission residence in capital city Bujumbura

Argentine Fr Jorge Hernandez has 45-minute private meeting with the Pope

The Vatican has set up an 11 member committee to advise on communications

Intentionally childless marriages can end ‘with the bitterness of bad solitude’, says Pontiff