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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, …


Gonzaga Prep students five of 1 million expected to visit pope in Philadelphia

Five high school students from Spokane will be among the estimated 1 million people expected in Philadelphia for this weekend’s papal visit. Three sophomores, a junior and a senior from …


A rabbi whose good friend became the pope

It was September, not an easy time for a religious Jew to be traveling. The Jewish month of Tishrei was ending with its marathon of holy days. Kosher wine would …


Pope Francis visits predecessor Benedict XVI

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy – The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning …


Pope pick thrills Argentine faithful

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentines reacted with joyous surprise to the news that former Jesuit priest, local archbishop and, most recently, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named to lead the …


New pope inspires local Catholics

A Jesuit pope gives Inland Northwest Catholics a reason to celebrate, especially with the region’s connection to the Society of Jesus through Gonzaga University. The conclave’s results surprised the Rev. …


New World pontiff

VATICAN CITY – Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium in an election that recognized …


Catholic school puts conclave in the classroom

Before Jorge Bergoglio was selected as the new pope Wednesday, students at All Saints Catholic School held their own conclave. They came dressed in red capes. Some were made out …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2013, 1:23 p.m.

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio selected as new pope; takes name Pope Francis

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a …


Papal selection just one issue cardinals must face

VATICAN CITY – Cardinals from around the world have descended on Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of the conclave to elect Benedict …


Vatican in chaos after butler arrested for leaks

An already sordid scandal over leaked Vatican documents took a Hollywood-like turn Saturday with confirmation that the pope’s own butler had been arrested after documents he had no business having …


Letter indicates Pope resisted priest’s removal

LOS ANGELES — The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal …