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 ousts conservative cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller.