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Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children – evidence that he …


Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said …


Pope on McCarrick claims: “I won’t say a word about it.”

Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former …


Pope apologizes for ‘crimes’ against Irish women, babies

Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials regularly didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Pope in Ireland decries abuse cover-up, meets with victims

Pope Francis faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests Saturday on his trip to Ireland, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and …


Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignations Monday of the bishop at the center of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal and two other priests, launching a purge of the Catholic Church in …


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 8:55 a.m.

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq …


Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

Pope Francis offered prayers after his traditional Sunday blessing in St. Peter’s Square for Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose parents are locked with hospital officials in a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse case

Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.


AP Exclusive: Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial

The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it …


Pope sends sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate bishop

Pope Francis is sending the Vatican’s most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate a bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.


Pope: ‘Fake news’ is evil, journalists must search for truth

Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth.


Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Pope says Chile’s sex abuse victims slandering bishop

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Pope has tough words for indigenous, Chile during Mass

Pope Francis took the Chilean state and the country’s largest indigenous group to task Wednesday over their failure to forge a truly unified nation, saying the government must do more …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a …


Joy, angst over pope visit to Chile’s restive Mapuche region

When Pope Francis visits the de facto capital of Chile’s Mapuche people, he will be inserting himself into one of Latin America’s longest-running conflicts involving indigenous populations, and one that …


Pope to administer final rites at Cardinal Law funeral

Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding …


Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s …


Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people – homeless, migrants, unemployed – a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Pope reaffirms conscience as heresy debate divides church

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the “primary” role of using one’s conscience to navigate tough moral questions in his first comments since he was accused of spreading heresy by emphasizing conscience …


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.


Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the …


Vatican denounces ousted auditor who says he was forced out

The Vatican on Sunday revealed the reason behind the hasty departure of its auditor general, accusing him of having illegally hired a firm to spy on the private lives of …


Pope Francis: If Trump is ‘pro-life,’ he should extend DACA

Weighing in on two areas of disagreement with a U.S. president with whom he has already clashed, Pope Francis said Monday that climate science is clearly true, and that President …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye

CARTAGENA, Colombia – Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope recalls Medellin’s bloody past, prays for drug victims

Pope Francis recalled the murderous past of this Colombian city once synonymous with drug cartel violence during a rain-soaked visit Saturday, lamenting the many lives lost to addiction and praying …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Pope urges forgiveness in Colombia after decades of conflict

Pope Francis urged young Colombians on Thursday to take the lead in promoting forgiveness after a half-century of armed conflict, and he demanded the ruling class address the entrenched inequalities …


Vatican declares Mother Teresa a patron saint of Calcutta

The Vatican on Wednesday declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of …


Pope’s trip to Colombia unlikely to stem flight from pews

Many within the Catholic Church are hoping that Pope Francis will help draw disillusioned parishioners back to the pews when he visits the South American nation this week.