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UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

More allegations of child sexual abuse by priests raise new questions about Pope Francis’ handling of issue

A top Vatican official denied allegations of sexual offenses on Thursday after being charged by Australian police, saying he would take a leave of absence as one of Pope Francis’ …

Pope gives prestigious red hats to 5 new cardinals

Pope Francis gave the Catholic church five new cardinals Wednesday, somberly instructing them to act as servants and not “princes” in a world where innocents are dying from wars and …

UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.

Merkel: Pope wants her to fight to save Paris climate deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the historic Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal from it and shared her goal to “bring …

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

‘We can use peace’: Trump and Pope Francis meet

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of …

Pope Francis says he won’t make a judgment on Trump before landmark meeting

When Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, arguably the most influential voices in the West, meet on Wednesday, two men with radically different approaches on everything from migrant rights to …

UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017

Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions

Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese …

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 …

Vatican celebrates big bang to dispel faith-science conflict

The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds.

UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017

In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim-majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God’s …

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 …

Pope attends Good Friday service recalling Jesus’ suffering

Pope Francis prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica to recall the crucifixion of Jesus. His quiet reflection came hours before he was …

Prince to pope: It’s impossible to know what to get you

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, offered the gift at the end of a half-hour meeting Tuesday at the Vatican, the fourth day of their Brexit-inspired charm offensive to reassure …

UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

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

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

Pope open to studying ordination of married men as priests

Pope Francis says the church must study whether it’s possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

Pope Francis gets Ash Wednesday ashes in Rome to start Lent

Pope Francis bowed his forehead to receive a dab of ashes, then smudged ashes in turn on the heads of other faithful during an Ash Wednesday service in an ancient …

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse …

Pope: I’ll judge Trump after we see what he does

Pope Francis says he’ll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him.

Pope demands protection for migrants as sea search continues

Pope Francis demanded Sunday that “every possible measure” be taken to protect young refugees, as search and rescue efforts continued off Libya’s coast following the latest deadly Mediterranean migrant shipwreck.

McDonald’s heads to the Vatican

The historic arches of St. Peter’s Basilica have a new neighbor: McDonald’s golden arches.

Pope wishes peace for those scarred by war, terror

Decrying the suffering in Syria, Pope Francis on Sunday wished Christmas peace and hope for all those scarred by war and terrorism, which he said is sowing “fear and death …

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.

Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the “grave sin” of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended …

Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint and model of mercy

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society’s most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the “crimes of …

Italy earthquake kills at least 120, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy – A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 73 people were killed and …