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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Pope Francis pays tribute in Sicily to priest slain 25 years ago by Mafia

Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily on Saturday to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to …


Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church …


Pope Francis tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Letter confirms Vatican received McCarrick complaint in 2000

A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned cardinal in the United States, lending credibility …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Pope Benedict, in retired seclusion, looms in the opposition to Pope Francis

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in six centuries to abdicate the papacy, transitioning to a life of near seclusion in a Vatican City monastery, there have …


Pope decries ‘emergency’ of plastics blighting world’s seas

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday called for concrete action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the …


Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, seeking to respond to new revelations …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Pope to youth: Dream, don’t let fear make you pessimistic

Tens of thousands of young people filled Rome’s ancient Circus Maximus on Saturday evening to hear Pope Francis advise them to ignore adults who warn against certain professions, saying they …


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …


Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the “murderous indifference” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, calling out global …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 12:14 p.m.

Cardinal Tauran, who announced pope’s election, dies at 75

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican diplomat and expert in interfaith relations who announced the election of Pope Francis to the world in 2013 with the famous phrase “habemus papam (we …


Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Pope digs deeper into roots of Chile sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis dug deeper into the roots of Chile’s sex abuse scandal by meeting Saturday with a group of priests who were trained in a cult-like Catholic community and suffered …


Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Pope to give Chilean bishops a dressing-down on abuse errors

The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

British toddler at center of legal battle dies

Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler whose parents won support from Pope Francis during a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday. He was 23 months old.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Pope presides over Good Friday amid security, controversy

Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome’s Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home over the existence of …


Pope washes the feet of inmates, reveals he has cataracts

Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes – and revealed that he suffers from the …


Young people give Pope Francis a piece of their minds

Young Catholics told the Vatican on Saturday they want a more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying “unreachable” moral standards isn’t the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

Stung by accusations of spreading “fake news,” the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively …


Pope declares new feast day devoted to the Virgin Mary

Pope Francis has made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar.


5 dead, dozens injured as Congo police disperse protests

Police in Congo used tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators across the nation on Sunday, leaving five people dead and injuring more than 33 who marched …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Droves fill pope’s final Mass in restive Latin America trip

More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis’ final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 1:06 p.m.

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile ‘slander’ comments on abuse

Pope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday that his words were “a source of …


Church conservatives question pope’s airborne nuptials

A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

Pope consoles Peruvians reeling from floods, violence

Pope Francis consoled Peruvians who lost their homes and livelihoods in devastating floods last year, telling them Saturday they can overcome all of life’s “storms” by coming together as a …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest Friday demanding an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the …


Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

It was all in a day’s work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis: First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight …