Catholics in Portugal converge in a shrine in Fatima for a visit by Pope Francis.
Catholics converge on the Portuguese shrine 100 years after "miraculous" visions of the Virgin Mary.
- Pope Francis intends to canonize two of the children who had visions at Fatima.
- Pope Francis calls for a worldwide ban on the death penalty and urges Christian leaders to work to stop executions as part of the church's Holy Year of Mercy.
- The three-week synod on the family convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican concludes with traditional Catholic orientations toward marriage and the family intact.
- Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church canonises two saints from Palestine, Sister Mariam Baouardy and Sister Marie Alphonsine Ghattas.
- Pope Francis beatifies 124 Korean Catholics who died for their beliefs in the 19th century in Seoul.
- Pope Francis canonizes a record-breaking 800+ new Catholic Church saints - Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI had submitted the 813 "Martyrs of Otranto" who had been beheaded by Ottoman soldiers for refusing to convert to Islam.
- Pope Francis appoints a panel of nine high-ranking prelates from around the world to advise him of the running of the Catholic Church and advise him on the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.
- Giving his first audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis tells journalists he wants "a poor Church, for the poor".
- Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by tens of thousands of pilgrims, visits the famous Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary in Fatima, as part of his four-day visit to Portugal, and recalls the assassination attempt on his predecessor there.
- Pope Francis, responding to FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono's open letter asking for forgiveness for the suffering the group had inflicted on the country during his talk in Villavicencio, urges Colombians skeptical of the peace deal to be open to reconciliation.