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Vatican acknowledges past problems at ‘pope’s hospital’

The Vatican secretary of state acknowledged Tuesday that there were problems at “the pope’s hospital” for children in the past, but said the new administration is making a “serious effort …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Pope removes German cardinal as sex abuse crisis catches up

Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial …


Pope meets with NFL delegation, urges ‘culture of encounter’

Pope Francis has met with an NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation and urged them to translate values of teamwork and fair play from the football field to the …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope names cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain, Salvador

In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named new cardinals for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden.


Pope embraces those with Huntington’s disease in effort to end stigma

Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical …


Pope cheered in Fatima to honor children who urged peace

Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to “tear down all walls” and spread peace as he traveled to this Portuguese shrine town to mark the 100th anniversary of one of …


Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis, an ambitious …


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Pope’s timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country’s tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his …


Pope heads to Egypt with peace and mercy message for Muslims and Christians

In a video posted online this week by the Vatican, Pope Francis sounds excited about his two-day trip to Egypt starting Friday, despite recent terrorist attacks.


Pope warns powerful to act humbly or risk ruin in TED talk

Pope Francis is warning the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin, in a TED talk in which he urges the world to show more solidarity with the poor and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in …


Pope visits Italian region rebuilt after deadly 2012 quakes

Greeted by tens of thousands of faithful, Pope Francis on Sunday visited a region of Italy that has largely been rebuilt after a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago, …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope’s sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

Members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, and told Rwanda’s president that he hoped his apology …


Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices …


Pope and Palestinian leader meet, inaugurate embassy

The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans …


Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful.


In Christmas message, pope laments children in war, poverty

Pope Francis urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today’s children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and …


Pope eats with homeless on 80th birthday, gets 70,000 emails

Pope Francis celebrated an active if low-key 80th birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals as greetings poured in from around the world.


Cuba pardons 787 common prisoners at pope’s request

The Cuban government has pardoned 787 common prisoners at the request of Pope Francis.


Vatican’s order against scattering ashes unlikely to change views on cremation in Spokane

Last Tuesday, Catholics around the world received sobering news from the Vatican: No more storing cremated ashes at home, splitting them up amongst family members or scattering them in the …


Pope outlines vision for promoting life, family issues

Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and …


Pope holds Mass celebrating Poland’s deep Catholic roots

Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday and honored the countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” in Poland who held firm …


Pope drops tribunal for prosecution of sex abuse; clarifies legal procedures for bishops instead

Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them …


Vatican tamps down expectations over women deacons

The Vatican is tamping down any expectations that Pope Francis is about to let women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.


At the Vatican, Biden calls for global commitment to cancer

Saying cancer is a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research that benefits …


After bleak week, Pope Francis offers Easter message

Pope Francis concluded a bleak week in Europe with a message of hope during an Easter Vigil service Saturday, saying darkness and fear must not prevail and “imprison” the world …


Mother Teresa of Calcutta to become Catholic saint on Sept. 4

Iconic missionary nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta will enter the ranks of Catholic Church saints on Sept. 4, the Vatican said Tuesday, after Pope Francis and cardinals held a consistory …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 9:38 a.m.

Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception but not abort their fetus, saying there’s a clear moral difference between aborting a fetus …


Pope set for historic meeting with Russian Orthodox leader

Pope Francis was flying to Cuba on Friday for the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity, …