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Pope Francis Says His Time As Pope Will Be Short, Misses Pizza

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would b...

What The Next Year Could Bring For Pope Francis

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis marks his second anniversary Friday riding a wave of popularity that has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in ways no...

Pope Slips Away From The Vatican To Work On 'Defects'

AP | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is getting away from the Vatican for a few days and taking his advisers along, to work, as he put it, on fixing the "...

Twitter Star Pope Confesses: 'I Don't Know How To Work A Computer'

AP | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made a confession of sorts, telling a 16-year-old girl that he doesn't have a clue about how to work a computer...

Pope Orders Bishops To Cooperate With Sex Abuse Commission

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

(Adds more from commission member, letter, commission details) By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pope F...

Here's Your Chance To 'Hangout' With Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is hosting his second Google+ Hangout from the Vatican on Thursday, giving students around the world the opportunity to speak with him di...

Pope Approves Martyrdom For Slain Archbishop Oscar Romero

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis decreed Tuesday that slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in 1980 out of hatred for his Catholic faith...

Vatican To Offer Haircuts, Shaves To Rome's Homeless

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities op...

Spain Indicts 10 Priests In Abuse Case That Drew Pope's Interest

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

MADRID (AP) - A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has indicted 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers in a sex abuse case that prompted P...

Pope Warns Against 'Absentee Fathers'

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run in...

Pope To Christian Leaders: 'Overcome Proselytism And Competition'

AP | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis has laid out his formula for fostering Christian unity: resist competing for souls and make concrete gestures of acceptance a...

Pope Francis Reportedly Meets With Transgender Man At The Vatican

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis reportedly held a private audience with a transgender man on Saturday, in what would be another first for his papal record. Diego Neri...

Balloons Are The New Peace Doves

AP | Frances D'Emilio | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

Dove lovers, rejoice. Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull an...

Pope Francis Wants All Annulments To Be Free

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis on Friday (Jan. 23) warned the Vatican’s top marriage judges that they should not “lock the salvation of persons within the str...

Pope Francis Will Be Busy In 2015

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis said Monday he hopes to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay this year, as well as the Central African Repub...

Pope: Catholics Don't Have To Breed 'Like Rabbits'

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to b...

The Pop Culture Side Of Being Pope

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion

Nothing screamed "pop culture icon" more than Pope Francis' February 2014 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his popularity has only grown since the...

Pope Francis Defends Church Teaching Against Contraception

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally...

Pope's U.S. Visit Could Mend Fences With Conservatives

Reuters | Scott Malone | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has electrified Roman Catholics in the United States with the open, accepting tone he has brought to the role, and his first visit late...

Pope Says There Are Limits To Free Speech

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's fa...

Pope's Filipino Host Is A Humble, Rising Star

AP | Jim Gomez | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Pope Francis will be welcomed in this Catholic heartland on Thursday by a Filipino cardinal who might one day succeed him: ...

Pope Visits Buddhist Temple In Change To Sri Lanka Schedule

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Pope Francis became the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple on Wednesday, changing his schedule at the last minute to pay...

Pope Francis Backs Pursuit Of Wartime Truth In Sri Lanka

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying ...

Argentina Samba School Pays Dazzling Tribute To Pope

AP | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

GUALEGUAYCHU, Argentina (AP) -- A samba school has organized an unusual show to honor Pope Francis during the opening of a hugely popular carnival in ...

Man Dies In Annual Catholic Parade, Days Before The Philippines Welcomes Pope Francis

The Associated Press | OLIVER TEVES | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A man died and nearly 1,000 people were hurt in a raucous Roman Catholic procession attracting up to a million Filipinos ...