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Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to ‘hiring a hitman’

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to …


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the ‘glitter of wealth’

At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in …


Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country’s spiraling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Governor visits Alabama tornado rubble as residents seek to recover

Alabama’s governor takes walking tour of damage from killer tornado as residents pick through what’s left of their shattered homes for anything salvageable


Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

The Vatican and Microsoft are teaming up to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.


Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.


Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Pope: Church will ‘never again’ cover up clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will “never again” hide their crimes.


Victims, accountability on agenda at pope’s sex abuse summit

The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis’ upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before …


Pope says he’s worried about homosexuality in the priesthood

Pope Francis has been quoted in a soon-to-be published book as saying that having gays in the clergy “is something that worries me” and remarking that some societies are considering …


Pope wraps up synod on youth claiming persecution over abuse

Pope Francis wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying Saturday the Catholic Church was being “persecuted” and “dirtied” by accusations from the devil – …


Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse

The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the “scourge of homosexuality” in the priesthood is responsible …


Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children – evidence that he …


Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said …


Pope on McCarrick claims: “I won’t say a word about it.”

Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former …


Pope apologizes for ‘crimes’ against Irish women, babies

Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials regularly didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Pope in Ireland decries abuse cover-up, meets with victims

Pope Francis faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests Saturday on his trip to Ireland, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and …


Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignations Monday of the bishop at the center of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal and two other priests, launching a purge of the Catholic Church in …


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq …


Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

Pope Francis offered prayers after his traditional Sunday blessing in St. Peter’s Square for Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose parents are locked with hospital officials in a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse case

Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.


AP Exclusive: Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial

The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it …


Pope sends sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate bishop

Pope Francis is sending the Vatican’s most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate a bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.


Pope: ‘Fake news’ is evil, journalists must search for truth

Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth.


Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018

Pope has tough words for indigenous, Chile during Mass

Pope Francis took the Chilean state and the country’s largest indigenous group to task Wednesday over their failure to forge a truly unified nation, saying the government must do more …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a …


Joy, angst over pope visit to Chile’s restive Mapuche region

When Pope Francis visits the de facto capital of Chile’s Mapuche people, he will be inserting himself into one of Latin America’s longest-running conflicts involving indigenous populations, and one that …


Pope to administer final rites at Cardinal Law funeral

Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding …