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Pope Francis Baptizes 10 At Easter Vigil At Vatican

Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Eas...

LOOK: Pope Francis Leads Torch-lit Good Friday Procession

AP | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit ...

LIVESTREAM: Pope Francis Performs Second Maundy Thursday Foot Washing

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis' annual Maundy Thursday foot washing took place at the Don Gnocchi Center in Rome, where he included a woman and a Muslim in the the Holy...

Original 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' Hopes Pope Francis Will Come To The Musical

Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

Ted Neeley captured viewers' hearts in 1973 as the original lead in "Jesus Christ Superstar," and now he's hoping to win over one more fan-- Pope Fran...

Pope Francis Struggling To Keep Latin American Catholics In Fold

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

SANTIAGO, April 16 (Reuters) - Despite a high-profile first year as the head of the Vatican, Pope Francis has not been able to stem the tide of fell...

The 12 To Receive Foot Washing From Pope Francis On Holy Thursday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

On Thursday Pope Francis will visit the Don Gnocchi Center, a home for the elderly and disabled in Rome, to wash the feet of 12 residents for the Holy...

These People Want Pope Francis To Stop Washing Everyone's Feet

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

(RNS) On Thursday evening (April 17), in a familiar reprise of an ancient rite, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wis., will wash the feet of 12 men, ...

Pope Francis Asks For Forgiveness

Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going b...

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking Is ‘A Crime Against Humanity'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Four women who were forced into sex slavery and later freed met Thursday (April 10) with Pope Francis at an international conferenc...

Pope Francis: An Open Mind Is The Way To Know God

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed an audience for his daily homily on Thursday with a message of open-mindedness. "Even today there is a dictatorship of a nar...

Pope Blesses Cross Made From Migrant Boats

AP | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed a wooden cross made from the boats of migrants who have come ashore at the tiny Italian island of Lampe...

Pope Francis Reminder: 'There's No One Like You!'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

There really is no one like Pope Francis. In his general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis was greeted by one audience member shouting, "Francis, ...

Pope Francis Will Wash Feet Of People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion

On April 17, 2014, Pope Francis will visit the Centro Santa Maria della Provvidenza Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi home and wash the feet of the residen...

Pope Praises Chastity As An Anti-HIV Strategy

Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was s...

Pope Francis Surprises Faithful In St. Peter's Square With Gift

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square have been treated to gifts from Pope Francis — pocket-sized copies of the ...

Top UN Official Discusses The Church And Women's Rights

Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has been praised for many of his reformist initiatives, but is he doing enough for women's rights? Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive ...

Pope Gives Queen A Royal Welcome

AP | DANIELA PETROFF | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II — bearing a basket of honey, whiskey and other goodies from the royal estates — paid a visit to Pope Fran...

Pope Francis Stresses 'Traditional' Marriage At General Audience

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (April 2), s...

Remembering Pope John Paul II's Legacy On The Anniversary Of His Death

AP | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed Pope John Paul II's legacy on the ninth anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death. A crowd of tens...

Vatican 'Willing' To Mediate In Venezuela

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Friday it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly un...

This Little Girl Had Huge Request Of The Pope

Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

Jersey Vargas is only ten years old, but she's already a deeply committed activist -- and she recently turned to Pope Francis to help her cause. Th...

Pope Francis May Have To Skip Israel During His Middle East Trip

AP | JON GERBERG | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — A top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land said Thursday that a trip to Israel by Pope Francis in late May is now in doubt beca...

Pope Francis Announces Members Of Sex Abuse Commission

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reac...

Pope Receives An Unusual, Adorable Gift

Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Like his papal predecessors, Pope Francis receives all kinds of official gifts from visiting dignitaries: plaques, religious icons...

The Pope Is Shockingly Good At Instagram

Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion

When you look at the hashtag #tbt, or "Throwback Thursday," on Instagram, it's mainly young users who use it as an opportunity to share photos of thei...