The world's oldest election is about to kick off. From Tuesday, cardinals will begin voting for a new pope. Here's more on how the conclave works.
The Pope has said he will elevate 14 Roman Catholic churchmen to the position of cardinal. He made the surprise announcement in front of pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square.
He has made it his mission to tear down walls. After five years in office, Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, has become a theological and political pop star. DW looks back on his papacy so far.
Much admired, but also criticized, Pope Francis has been in office for five years now. He has already formed a legacy as a "pope of the people" — and has changed the church, says Christoph Strack.
He was regarded as aloof and conservative - as a "transitional pope." Indeed, his eight-year papacy, which ended with his resignation, was relatively short. Here are little known sides of the German pope.
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