The mass was Pope Francis' final engagement on his whirlwind four-day trip to Iraq aimed at boosting the morale of the country's small Christian communities and urging peaceful coexistence between religions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has infected more than 103 million people around the world, with over 2.2 million fatalities. Here are developments for February 1:
Pope Francis' ongoing efforts to clean up Vatican governance reaches a milestone with the first ever jail sentence issued by a Vatican state court in relation to financial crimes.
Pope Francis, who welcomed gay couples to the Vatican on several occasions, defended their right to have a family in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival.
The spiritual leader of the Catholic world recently criticised capitalism, suggested he found the free market system inadequate when it comes to meeting basic human needs.
Italian cardinal Angelo Becciu, who has been linked to a real estate scandal, resigned suddenly in one of the most mysterious episodes to hit the Holy See in years.
The Vatican released guidelines for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.
While the church has a vast body of members, the pandemic is leaving one of the oldest religious institutions in financial limbo.
Because of Covid-19 lockdowns in place throughout the world, many believers are told to practice social distancing and stay at home if possible, including during Good Friday.
George Pell was convicted by a jury in December 2018 on one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four charges of an indecent act with a child under 16.
Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday.
150 etchings, woodcuts, aquatints, lithographs and other types of 20th century graphic art are being shown in the light of day - many for the first time - at the Braccio Carlo Magno exhibition hall off St. Peter's Square.
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