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  • Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

    September 30, 2015 8:36 AM

    LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples says Pope Francis told her to stay strong when the two met briefly during his visit to the United States last week. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, didn't deny the encounter... 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 »
  • 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 urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... 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 calls for action on climate change

    September 23, 2015 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The pope says climate change is an urgent problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." Francis waded into that hot-button political issue in remarks at the White House, where President Barack Obama and a crowd of thousands welcomed him. The pope praised Obama for... more »
  • Pope Francis on US soil for first time

    September 22, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis is settling in for his first night in the U.S. The pope arrived just before 5 p.m. at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington. Well-wishers in fancy clothes stood behind metal fencing, straining for a view of the pope's... more »
  • Pope wrapping up Cuba trip ahead of US flight

    September 22, 2015 9:18 AM

    SANTIAGO, Cuba- In his final formal event in Cuba, the pope has called on Cubans to strengthen the bonds of family, which he calls "true spaces of freedom." He says the breakup of families fragments societies or makes them uniform. He says that in both cases, "people turn into... more »
  • Pope speeds up, simplifies process for marriage annulments

    September 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis has radically reformed the Catholic Church's process for annulling marriages, allowing for fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals in a bid to speed up and simplify the procedure. Francis issued a new law Tuesday regulating how bishops around the world determine when a fundamental flaw has... more »
  • With historic visit, Obama to seek common cause with pope

    August 26, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the White House next month will put on display his common cause with President Barack Obama on many issues. When he swept into office in 2008, Obama captured near rock-star status among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new... more »
  • Environmentalists hail Pope's message

    June 18, 2015 11:28 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Environmental activists and supporters of renewable energy are celebrating the strong message today from Pope Francis on climate change. In a wide-ranging environmental manifesto, Francis called for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a "perverse" economic system where the rich exploit the poor... more »
  • Tricks - not miracles - on order as Globetrotters meet pope

    May 6, 2015 12:04 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis pulled off some trick moves in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday. He had great instructors: The Harlem Globetrotters. The basketball troupe met with the pope during his weekly general audience. They presented a framed No. 90 jersey backed with "Pope Francis," and encouraged him to... more »
  • Pope asks church to be "oasis of mercy"

    April 11, 2015 1:01 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St. Peter's Basilica Saturday evening, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee... more »
  • Pope Francis' Easter wish against world weapons

    April 5, 2015 3:24 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is decrying the plentitude of weapons in the world in his Easter peace wish. Yet a note of cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" message. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Square, Francis made his first public comments about the framework... more »
  • Pope's sex abuse point man urges bishop accountability

    February 16, 2015 12:35 PM

    ROME - Pope Francis' point man on clerical sex abuse says the failure of the church to punish bishops who covered up for pedophiles has seriously hurt its credibility and that the church must now lead the way by "humbly making the commitment to accountability, transparency and zero tolerance." Cardinal... more »
  • Pope denounces latest ISIS executions

    February 16, 2015 5:03 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denounced the slaying by the Islamic State of Egyptian Copts in Libya, saying they were "assassinated just for being Christian." Francis spoke off-the-cuff Monday during an audience with a Scottish ecumenical delegation. He said: "They only said 'Jesus help me ...' The blood of... 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 praises big families after 'like rabbits' remark

    January 21, 2015 4:14 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is praising big families after saying Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits." He says big families are a gift and don't cause poverty in the developing world, and that the real cause of poverty is an unjust economic system that idolizes money over people.... more »
  • Pope denounces outside pressure for contraception, gay rights

    January 19, 2015 3:20 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis is denouncing what he calls the "ideological colonization" of families and the developing world, where he says Western ideas about birth control and gay rights are increasingly being imposed, often as a condition for development aid. Speaking to reporters on his flight back... 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 »
  • Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

    November 17, 2014 11:52 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor says it's a "joyous day." Michael Nutter says the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia will be the largest event in the city's modern history. The pontiff confirmed today that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with the trip to... more »
  • Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

    August 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.... more »
  • Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    August 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers are considering whether... more »
  • Abuse victims' leader: Pope's meeting a 'gesture'

    May 27, 2014 2:12 AM

    A plan by Pope Francis to meet with a group of sex abuse victims is being criticized by the head of a victims' group as "another gesture" that could prove meaningless. The meeting, announced on Monday, will mark the first such encounter for the pope, who's been criticized by victims... more »
  • Pope wraps up delicate Mideast pilgrimage

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM

    JERUSALEM - Pope Francis has wrapped up his Holy Land trip with a Mass at what's believed to be the site of the Last Supper before Jesus's crucifixion. Some ultra-Orthodox Jews had protested the Mass, because the Cenacle, or Upper Room, is above the traditional site of the biblical King... more »
  • Italian victims of priest sex abuse appeal to pope

    May 9, 2014 4:12 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Italian victims of priestly sex abuse have appealed directly to Pope Francis for justice, calling for a commission of inquiry into the problem in the Vatican's backyard. In letters and a video posted online Friday, 17 survivors denounce the treatment they have received by the Italian Catholic... more »
  • Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

    April 11, 2014 12:51 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Some off-the-cuff remarks today from Pope Francis are the latest sign that he has become sensitized to the gravity of the church's abuse scandal. The pontiff said today that he took personal responsibility for what he described as the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children.... more »
  • Vatican: Obama talks included birth control

    March 27, 2014 10:46 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says the Catholic Church's objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama's visit. The Vatican says other areas of discussion during Obama's historic visit included abortion, immigration reform, human trafficking and international issues. The Vatican... more »
  • Heavenly Harley

    January 13, 2014 7:36 PM

    ROME- People who use a soup kitchen and hostel in Rome will benefit from the sale of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle given to Pope Francis. The tank on the motorcycle is signed by the Pontiff and will be auctioned off in Paris. The auction house noted the Pope's "preference... more »
  • Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

    December 31, 2013 1:14 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has used his traditional year-end prayer service of thanksgiving to urge people to ask themselves: Did they spend 2013 to further their own interests or to help others? That's what we all should "courageously" consider as New Year's celebrations get under way, the pontiff said,... more »
  • Locals not aghast over pope's gay comments check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many people supported Pope Francis and his surprising stance on gay priests. Pope Francis said Monday, "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society." The pontiff said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who... more »
  • Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

    July 5, 2013 7:33 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has cleared two of the 20th century's most influential popes to become saints. The pontiff today approved a miracle that was needed in order to canonize Pope John Paul II. And in the case of Pope John the 23rd, Francis waived Vatican rules so he... more »
  • Vatican bank scandal

    July 1, 2013 7:26 PM

    ROME- The director of the Vatican bank and his deputy resigned following new developments in a growing scandal where the Pope fears it was used an an offshore tax haven. Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, stepped down "in the interest of the institute and the Holy See", according... more »
  • Pope Francis urges protection of creation, weak

    March 19, 2013 7:12 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has urged princes, presidents, sheikhs and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass to protect God's creation, the weakest and the poorest of the world. He is officially beginning his ministry as the 266th pope with a clear focus of his priorities. Francis... more »
  • Francis pays tribute to Benedict, reflects on age

    March 15, 2013 8:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has paid a heartfelt tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever. Francis offered the respects during an audience today with the cardinals who elected him to succeed... more »
  • Baton Rouge welcomes new pope check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2013 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cheers and smiles greeted the announcement of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the new leader of the Catholics. The first pope from the Americas and the first pope to use the name Francis. Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School Brian Moscona says the... more »
  • Bishop Muench on selection of Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The bishop of Baton Rouge called the election of Pope Francis a "wonderful selection" for the Catholic church. "This is a wonderful selection for the worldwide aspect of the Catholic church, and for the Spanish-speaking [Catholics} throughout the world," Bishop Robert Muench said Wednesday afternoon. ... more »

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