Stories tagged: Pope
UPDATED: MONDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017, 12:28 P.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 11:35 P.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 7:37 P.M.
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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4:33 P.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 9:44 P.M.
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.
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2016, 1:36 P.M.
Cuba pardons 787 common prisoners at pope’s request
The Cuban government has pardoned 787 common prisoners at the request of Pope Francis.
TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016, 6 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 3:03 P.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016, 10:57 A.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016, 7:48 P.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 11:17 A.M.
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 8:12 A.M.
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 …
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016, 9:25 P.M.
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 …
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016, 11:30 A.M.
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: THURSDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016, 7:50 A.M.
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, …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2015
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 …
THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013, 4:02 A.M.
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 …
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
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. …
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
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: WEDNESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013
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 …
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012, 4:32 P.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010, 11:48 A.M.
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 …