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  • 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 »
  • Couple excommunicated for saying Catholic Mass

    May 22, 2014 7:32 PM

    VATICAN CITY- A woman and her husband from Austria were excommunicated by the Vatican for celebrating Mass. Martha Heizer is the founder of the progressive 'We Are Church' movement. She and her husband were informed by Innsbruck Bishop Manfred Scheuer that both were excommunicated. They celebrated Mass at their... more »
  • Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse

    May 6, 2014 12:27 PM

    GENEVA - The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children: It says 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. The Vatican's U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi,... more »
  • At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture

    May 5, 2014 10:38 AM

    GENEVA - A U.N. committee is comparing the Vatican's handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal with torture. And that raises the possibility that the failure to investigate clergy and their superiors could have broader legal implications. But the Vatican's top envoy in Geneva today insisted that the Holy... more »
  • Francis presides over historic day of 4 popes

    April 27, 2014 6:14 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church have been elevated to sainthood. Pope Francis has declared John the 23rd and John Paul the Second saints in a historic Vatican ceremony aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church. Retired... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • St. Peter's display

    November 13, 2013 8:00 PM

    VATICAN CITY- Relics believed to be those of St. Peter will be put on display at the Vatican later this month. St. Peter was the first Pope and this will be the first time the relics will be shown to the public. Pope Francis will celebrate a mass... more »
  • Flags at half-staff for passing of Lindy Boggs

    July 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Lindy Boggs, who died this weekend. She was 97. Boggs, who was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, was the first woman from Louisiana elected to the U. S. House of... more »
  • Pope says he won't judge gay priests

    July 29, 2013 8:09 AM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT - Pope Francis says he won't judge priests for being gay. He told reporters aboard his plane today, "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... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge welcomes new pope 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 »
  • The Next Pope: Bergoglio announced as Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been named as the new pope, and taken the name Pope Francis. He is the first Latin American pontiff, and the first Jesuit to be named pope. "You know that the work of the conclave is to give... more »
  • The Next Pope: Vatican says consensus takes time

    March 13, 2013 10:18 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who've gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected. Click here to watch a... more »
  • The Next Pope: More black smoke after third vote

    March 13, 2013 8:10 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Cardinals are still in search of a pope after three votes during their conclave at the Vatican in the Sistine Chapel. Black smoke has been billowing from the chimney of the chapel, meaning the Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or... more »
  • The Next Pope: Louisiana Catholics pray for pope Play Video

    March 12, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the 115 cardinals participating in the conclave to elect a new pope entered the Sistine Chapel, Catholics worldwide began to pray. Father Jamin David knows most believers want the same thing in a pope, but adds anyone looking for radical change may need to keep praying.... 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 »
  • The Next Pope: Cardinals celebrate Mass before conclave

    March 12, 2013 8:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinals at the Vatican have celebrated a final Mass before they sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel to begin selecting a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, delivered today's homily, calling for unity within the church. When he mentioned... more »
  • The Next Pope: Top contenders at Conclave

    March 11, 2013 5:53 PM

    VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of... more »
  • The Next Pope: Horse-trading before Conclave

    March 11, 2013 5:50 PM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican insists that the cardinals participating in the conclave that starts Tuesday will vote their conscience, each influenced only by silent prayers and reflection. Everybody knows, however, that power plays, vested interests and Machiavellian maneuvering are all part of the game, and that the horse-trading is... more »
  • Vietnam cardinal arrives, last 1 in for conclave

    March 7, 2013 3:44 PM

    VATICAN CITY - The last cardinal who will participate in the conclave to elect the next pope arrived in Rome on Thursday, meaning a date can now be set for the election. One U.S. cardinal said a decision on the start date is expected soon. Some American and other cardinals... more »
  • Vatican waiting on 5 cardinals for conclave

    March 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up... more »
  • Pope flies to papal retreat in helicopter

    February 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. As his closest aide wept by his side, Benedict bade farewell to Vatican officials gathered in... more »
  • Benedict greets cardinals on final day as pope

    February 28, 2013 4:43 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has greeted his cardinals for the last time as pontiff, beginning his final day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics before heading into retirement. During his comments, Benedict promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. He urged his cardinals to... more »
  • Pope addresses crowd at final public appearance

    February 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has made his public goodbye. He addressed tens of thousands of people in and around St. Peter's Square today, in his final general audience before stepping down tomorrow. The pope told the crowd he has had "moments of joy and light, but also moments... more »
  • Vatican: Pope hit head during Mexico trip

    February 14, 2013 7:28 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI hit his head during his March 2012 trip to Mexico but denies it had any "relevant" role in his resignation. Italy's La Stampa newspaper reported Thursday that Benedict hit his head and bled when he got up in the middle of... more »
  • BRHS choir gets Ash Wednesday papal audience Play Video

    February 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Students from Baton Rouge performed for Pope Benedict XVI during an Ash Wednesday papal audience today at the Vatican. Members of the Baton Rouge High School Festival Singers performed a Papal address. Faculty members said they were in Italy for a choral tour when they... more »
  • Benedict's final hours as pope far from Vatican

    February 13, 2013 7:18 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his final day as pontiff attending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. That timetable means Benedict will be far from the... more »
  • Vatican acknowledges that pope has pacemaker

    February 12, 2013 7:16 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is acknowledging for the first time that Pope Benedict XVI has had a pacemaker for years and that its battery was replaced a few months ago in secret. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Benedict had the pacemaker installed "a long time" before he became... more »
  • Catholic leaders respond to Pope's resignation

    February 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Local Catholic leaders are responding to Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. In a statement, Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge said, "When I think of Pope Benedict, the words of St. Paul come to mind: "Whatever you do, do with your whole heart. Do it for... more »
  • Man who scaled Vatican talked down safely

    January 1, 2013 11:55 AM

    VATICAN CITY - A man has scaled the scaffolding around St. Peter's Square and draped a banner calling on Pope Benedict XVI to "Stop Terrorism." The man identified himself on the banner as Julian Jungarean, a Romanian who has previously scaled the colonnade around the piazza. After a few hours... more »

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