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  • Pope calls for "moderation" after Jerusalem shrine violence

    July 23, 2017 11:24 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has appealed for moderation after recent killings at a Jerusalem holy site. Francis told faithful Sunday in St. Peter's Square that he was following "with trepidation the grave tensions and violence" unleashed at a contested shrine. Last week Arab gunmen, shooting from the... more »
  • Vatican, Germany reaffirm Paris climate accord post-US

    June 17, 2017 11:14 AM

    VATICAN CITY - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal and shared her aim to "bring down walls," and not build them. Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday, focusing on the... more »
  • Pope on Palm Sunday decries suffering from war, terrorism

    April 9, 2017 12:27 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has blessed palm fronds and olive branches in St. Peter's Square at the start of Holy Week celebrations. The pontiff in his Palm Sunday homily decried suffering in the world today, citing those who "suffer from slave labor, from family tragedies, from diseases ... They... more »
  • Pope prepares video message for Super Bowl

    February 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Look out, Lady Gaga. The pope is joining the Super Bowl frenzy. Pope Francis has recorded a video message that will be shown during Sunday's Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. A Vatican spokesman says the message is expected to be... more »
  • Photos: Governor, Pope meet at the Vatican Wednesday Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican released pictures of Governor John Bel Edwards interacting with Pope Francis Wednesday. Photos published by the Vatican indicate the meeting happened on January 18th. It's not clear at what time the meeting happened – the Vatican is about 7 hours ahead of local Baton... more »
  • Pope: Help those living on street in cold and indifference

    January 8, 2017 12:47 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is drawing attention to homeless people suffering from both freezing cold and indifference during Europe's frigid weather. In Italy alone, eight deaths were blamed on the cold, including a man who died in the basement of an unused building in Milan, and another on a... more »
  • Pope wishes Christmas peace to those scarred by war

    December 25, 2016 11:55 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has wished Christmas peace for people scarred by wars and those who lost loved ones to terrorism that he says is sowing "fear and death" in many cities and countries. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, Francis cited those suffering through... more »
  • Pope Francis pushes for inclusion in race, class, religion

    November 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is advocating policies of inclusion, saying God's plan doesn't exclude people based on their social class, race or religion. Francis told a group of faithful on Saturday that Christians should welcome others "without classifying them on the basis of social condition, language, race, culture, religion."... more »
  • Francis names 17 cardinals: 13 of whom electors, 3 from USA

    October 9, 2016 12:03 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals - 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including moderate Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin. As is Francis'... more »
  • Mother Teresa: 'Saint of the gutters' canonized at Vatican

    September 4, 2016 11:58 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Elevating the "saint of the gutters" to one of the Catholic Church's highest honors, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society's outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." An estimated 120,000 people... more »
  • Baton Rouge Bishop responds to Pope's comments on LGBTQ community

    April 8, 2016 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bishop Robert Muench is urging Catholics to read the Pope's latest apostolic exhortation, "Joy of Love". Pope Francis made international headlines today after the document was released because of his statements on acceptance, specifically to the LGBTQ community. He did not change the Catholic Church's official doctrine... more »
  • Fiat from Pope's U. S. visit up for auction

    January 20, 2016 11:19 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - One of the two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his September visit to Philadelphia is going up for auction. The car will be up for bid as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie gala on Jan. 29. Bids will be accepted in person and online.... more »
  • Vandebilt Catholic choir to perform for Pope Francis

    December 26, 2015 2:29 PM

    HOUMA, La. - Vandebilt Catholic High School's choir is headed to Rome to perform for the pope on New Year's Day as part of the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores. One-hundred and twenty-seven choirs are expected to sing and Vandebilt's choir was the only one selected from Louisiana. Of... more »
  • Pope prays for peace in Syria, Libya

    December 25, 2015 10:40 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is praying that peace processes for Syria and Libya will succeed in ending the suffering of the people of those countries. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the pope today denounced the ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine --... more »
  • Pope requests to see Statue of Liberty

    September 26, 2015 12:46 PM

    NEW YORK - Cardinal Timothy Dolan says Pope Francis asked to circle the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on his way out of Manhattan, becoming visibly moved as the helicopter carried him over the sights that greeted millions of immigrants to America. Dolan had joined the pontiff for his... more »
  • Congressman swipes Pope's drinking water glass

    September 25, 2015 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pope's water glass used during his address to a joint meeting of Congress yesterday was taken by a Representative from Pennsylvania who brought it to his office and took a sip. Congressman Bobby Brady of Philadelphia is a Catholic and made a bee-line to the lectern and... more »
  • Boehner says his resignation is for the good of the House

    September 25, 2015 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - John Boehner says his "first job" as speaker of the House is to "protect this institution that we all love." And he says if he were to stay on as speaker, there would be a "prolonged leadership turmoil" that would "do irreparable damage" to the House. In... more »
  • Seminary puts pope-inspired beer on tap for Francis' stay

    September 24, 2015 4:35 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A beer inspired by Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this weekend is now on tap at the seminary where he's staying. Philadelphia Brewing Company says it's delivered a half-keg of its playfully named Holy Wooder to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Brewery owner Bill Barton says they... more »
  • Pope canonizes 18th-century missionary

    September 23, 2015 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - In the first canonization on U.S. soil, Pope Francis has elevated to sainthood an 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast. Francis canonized Junipero Serra on Wednesday during a Mass in Washington. Serra was a Franciscan friar who marched north from Baja California... more »
  • Pope crosses ideological lines in US

    September 23, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a single sentence, Pope Francis has shown how he transcends the ideological polarities of U.S. politics. In his address to bishops, the pope spoke out against abortion, an issue close to the heart of Republicans, and against environmental devastation, a surefire applause line for Democrats. He... more »
  • Pope at Cuban Mass: Overcome resistance to change

    September 21, 2015 12:11 PM

    HOLGUIN, Cuba - Pope Francis is calling on Cubans to heed Jesus Christ's invitation to overcome resistance to change. Speaking in his homily at a large outdoor Mass in Holguin's Revolution Plaza, the pontiff says Christ challenges us daily to believe in the possibility of personal transformation. Francis... more »
  • Tight protocol set for Pope's US visit

    September 19, 2015 1:42 PM

    NEW YORK - Getting tickets was the easy part. Being among the 80,000 New Yorkers who won a lottery for a spot on Pope Francis' motorcade route through Central Park means they will have to endure long lines, tight security and hours of waiting before the pontiff even gets there.... more »
  • New Jersey brewer releasing Pope Francis-inspired beer

    August 14, 2015 8:36 AM

    CAPE MAY, N.J.- A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month. Cape May Brewing Co. co-owner Ryan Krill says his company is brewing 500 gallons of YOPO, or "You Only Pope Once." The pope-inspired beer is a hoppy pale... more »
  • Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

    February 5, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24. He'll be the first Pontiff to do so. House Speaker John Boehner made the announcement at a news conference, then issued a statement expressing gratitude that the pope had accepted his invitation to appear before a... more »
  • Pope arrives in Philippines on first papal visit in 20 years

    January 15, 2015 4:10 AM

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Pope Francis has arrived in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds awaited the first papal visit in 20 years. Church bells tolled across the country and hundreds of children danced and waved small Philippine and Vatican flags as the pontiff emerged from... more »
  • Pope celebrates Christmas Eve at late-night Mass

    December 24, 2014 4:15 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. In his homily, Francis said the birth of Jesus Christ showed the patience, closeness and tenderness of God. The pope said that by becoming a human being, "God made himself small to better... more »
  • The Next Pope: American priest a hit in Rome

    March 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who wears the humble brown robe of his Capuchin religious order, has emerged as an unlikely star amid the papal conclave in Rome. Vatican analysts for leading Italian newspapers have listed O'Malley as one of the favorite contenders for pope. The bearded, soft-spoken... more »

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