In the year since his surprise election, the Argentine-born pontiff has caught world attention by suggesting he might ease the Catholic Church’s strict rules on divorce, birth control, female priests and same-sex unions.
Epiphany celebrators take to icy waters around the world, Portuguese soccer legend Eusébio is mourned, Dennis Rodman visits North Korea again, and more in today’s daily brief.
Dec. 24 Daily Brief: Crossing into Egypt, Pope Francis and baby Jesus and a Christmas polar bear plunge
Children dressed in Santa Claus costumes pose in front of a sand sculpture featuring Jesus Christ, Santa hangs out with fishermen, last-minute deliveries and more in today’s daily breif .
Dec. 21 Daily Brief: Ugly Sweater Run at National Harbor, smoking in a coal mine, getting married during Kiev protests
Santa’s rowing boats on the Venice canal, Pope Francis visits a pediatric hospital, clashes in Germany and more in today’s daily breif.
Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the “imaginations of millions” who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.
Oct. 16 Photo Brief: Crazy fashion in Singapore, battling Typhoon Wipha in Japan and the Pope catches one in the face
Wild designs went on display during Fashion week in Singapore, Typhoon Wipha made life difficult for pedestrians in Japan, a faithful tosses a scarf to the Pontiff which he catches with his face and more in today’s daily brief.
Pope Francis led Catholics worldwide in a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, urging world leaders to remove their nations from a “spiral of sorrow and death.” In a five-hour prayer vigil in Vatican City, Francis reminded worshippers that “violence and war lead only to death.”
Meanwhile, demonstrations in Lebanon against a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria intensified. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with European leaders to look for international support of U.S. action, protests in D.C., New York and Paris sprung up on Saturday.
An aerial view of destruction in Syria, Alpine cattle herding in Austria, Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2013 competition and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Visual coverage may depict injury and/or death.
Over 100 competitors compete in the Lumberjack World Championships, racers set out to achieve a Guinness World Record with The Sumo Run, election sees rise of a two-party system in Cambodia and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Visual coverage may depict injury and/or death.