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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

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 …


Christ statue in Peru damaged by fire days before pope visit

A giant Christ statue in Peru’s capital that was donated by a construction company at the center of Latin America’s largest corruption scandal was damaged Saturday in a fire, days …


3 Chile churches firebombed days before Pope Francis visit

Authorities in Chile say three Roman Catholic churches have been firebombed days before Pope Francis is set to visit the Andean nation.


Pope on Epiphany: Don’t make money, career your whole life

Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist “inclinations …


Pope laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world

Lamenting “the winds of war” blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message on Monday called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017

Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced …


Pope on Guadalupe feast: ‘Valiantly defend’ church’s diversity

Pope Francis urged Latin American and Caribbean Catholics to celebrate and defend their diversity, saying Tuesday the face of the Catholic Church is indigenous, mestizo and black.


Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what …


Vatican defends pope against criticism over Rohingya stance

The Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis after human rights groups expressed disappointment that he didn’t publicly acknowledge the plight of Rohingya Muslims, who have been subject to what the …


Pope preaches forgiveness in first public Mass in Myanmar

Pope Francis urged Myanmar’s long-suffering people to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness Wednesday to a huge crowd in …


Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is saying “Just Say No” to cigarettes. The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop …


Pope: Christians can promote political dialogue in Europe

Pope Francis on Saturday said Christians can play a role in shaping Europe’s future by promoting political dialogue “especially where it is threatened and where conflict seems to prevail.”


Pope calls space, takes small step for Vatican-Russian ties

Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a call with the International Space …


English edition of new Pope Francis book coming in March

NEW YORK – The first English language edition of Pope Francis’ new book is coming out in March. Image Books told the Associated Press on Thursday that it will release …


Pope: Catholic guide needs updating on death penalty issue

Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death …


Pope denounces technologies that help people change gender

Pope Francis denounced Thursday how new technologies are making it easier for people to change their genders, saying this “utopia of the neutral” jeopardizes the creation of new life.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’

Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017

Pope blasts climate change doubters

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the …


Pope heads to former Colombia war zone to preach forgiveness

Pope Francis heads Friday into an area once besieged by leftist rebels to pray with victims of Colombia’s long conflict and urge them to overcome their grief by forgiving their …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

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 …


Pope kicks off visit to Colombia aimed at building bridges

Pope Francis opens the first full day in his Colombia visit on Thursday with messages to political leaders and citizens alike encouraging all to rally behind a peace process seeking …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017

Colombia signs cease-fire deal with last guerrilla group

Colombia’s government and last remaining major rebel group signed a bilateral cease-fire Monday ahead of Pope Francis’ visit this week, an agreement seen as a significant step toward negotiating a …


Dana Milbank: Trump’s nomination of Callista Gingrich insults Pope Francis

Let us consider the qualifications of President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of …


Pope Francis adds new pathway to sainthood

Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood – people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good …


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 …


British baby at end of life support draws in pope, Trump

A terminally ill British child has attracted the attention of both the president of the United States and the pope. More than $1.68 million has been raised to help 11-month-old …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

Vatican hospital calls AP investigation into care a ‘hoax’

When doctors and nurses at the Vatican’s showcase children’s hospital complained in 2014 that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored, the Vatican responded by ordering up a secret …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017

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 …