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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 …


Pope Francis: The world’s at war, but not a war of religions

KRAKOW, Poland – The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to …


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 …


Pope says he’s willing to study women deacons, in major step

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis says he’s willing to create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling the possibility of letting women …


Kathleen Parker: Pope isn’t running for president

The difference between the pope and Sanders is that one wants to raise consciousness about our obligation to the less fortunate; the other wants to restructure America’s economic institutions.


Pope Francis eases way for divorced Catholics while reiterating limits on gay unions

Defining his mission to create a more merciful church, Pope Francis published a much-anticipated exhortation on love and marriage Friday, easing the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to rejoin …


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 …


Pope Francis presides over Good Friday Colosseum procession

Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum. It is his first major Holy Week religious service drawing a large outdoor crowd since the Brussels attacks …


Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Several migrants wept as Pope Francis knelt before them during a Holy Thursday Mass with asylum-seekers at a refugee shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome.


Kathleen Parker: Pope, Trump messages cross in news cycles

Fracas over wall reflects absurdity of 2016 campaign.


Pope on sex abuse by clerics: ‘It’s a monstrosity’

Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 18, 2016

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, …


Mother Teresa to be made a saint after pope OKs miracle

Mother Teresa, the tiny, stooped nun who cared for the poorest of the poor in the slums of India and beyond, will be declared a saint next year after Pope …


Vatican prelate detained for stealing confidential papal papers

A Vatican official who was snubbed for promotion last year has been put in jail for leaking confidential papal papers to journalists, the Holy See said Monday, adding that a …


Day, Merton shaped enduring fundamental values

Pope Francis shined light on little-known Catholic social activists Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.


Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton shaped enduring fundamental values

Pope Francis shined light on little-known Catholic social activists Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.


Vatican observers raise questions over clerk’s pope visit

The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he approves …


China’s president doesn’t share pope’s faith in democracy.

China’s president doesn’t share pope’s faith in democracy.


Pope Francis wraps up joyful US visit with big open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to “miracles of love,” closing out …


Embrace immigrants, Pope Francis urges Congress

WASHINGTON — Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace “the stranger in our midst” as …


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 …


Patty Murray invites Gonzaga graduate to watch pontiff

WASHINGTON – The frenzy surrounding Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States comes with an extra dose of excitement for one Washington native. John Winslow, a recent Gonzaga University …


DC crowds cheer pope; he calls for climate action

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation’s capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff …


Pope Francis arrives in United States

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his “church of the poor” to the world’s wealthiest superpower and a …


Pope Francis praises US-Cuba detente as model for world

HAVANA — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to persevere in …


Former Salvadoran refugee’s father granted martyrdom by Pope Francis

When she was a child in a small El Salvadoran village, Luisa Orellana-Westbrook would imitate her father by preaching the word of Jesus Christ to other children. Today, living in …