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  • 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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