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  • Vatican looks to clarify Pope's Trump comments

    February 19, 2016 4:07 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The papal spokesman is stressing that Pope Francis often says build bridges, not walls, and that his remark while flying back from Mexico wasn't targeting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Francis said Thursday that a person who advocates building walls for solutions is "not Christian." Trump,... more »
  • Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains

    January 18, 2016 1:58 PM

    ROME - The Vatican has announced plans to ensure its supply chains don't use slave labor. Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top finance official, unveiled the new policy at a forum where representatives of around 400 global supermarket chains and consumer goods companies announced their commitment to eradicating forced labor... 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • Vatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest

    November 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    BOSTON - Legal documents show an American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed man committed other acts of sexual abuse. The Rev. Robert Geisinger was a leader of... 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 »
  • Catholic bishops take distance from gay document

    October 14, 2014 10:33 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Conservative Catholic bishops are distancing themselves from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week meeting on family... more »
  • Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

    October 13, 2014 5:17 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life... 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 »
  • 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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