New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard attend a swearing in ceremony at the Vatican. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174cm (5.7ft) tall and without a beard
Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican
Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more
Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome.
Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more
The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to Poland’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora. Funded by a private investor, the pontiff appears smiling and stretching his arms to the world.