Pope Francis

Pope Francis
Andrew Medichini/AP
February 17, 2019 - 8:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican , calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time." He has summoned bishops to Rome to help him chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and prelates and the systematic cover-ups of...
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Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
Andrew Medichini/AP
February 16, 2019 - 9:58 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement...
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Pope Francis blesses a boy during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili
February 05, 2019 - 5:53 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church's abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from...
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Pope Francis and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan exchange gifts at the Vatican in September 2016.
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February 03, 2019 - 4:06 pm
By Delia Gallagher and Sarah El Sirgany, CNN (CNN) -- Pope Francis has arrived in the United Arab Emirates, making him the first pontiff to visit an Arab Gulf state. In a video address from the Vatican on Thursday, Francis said the trip marks "a new page in the history of relations between...
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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a vigil at Campo San Juan Pablo II in Panama City, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
January 27, 2019 - 1:53 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for a "just and peaceful solution" to Venezuela's political crisis as he wrapped up a visit to Panama for a World Youth Day rally that was overshadowed by the upheaval unfolding nearby. Francis refused again to say if the Holy See would recognize...
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Commander Joseph Coffey
Archdiocese for the Military Services
Mark Abrams
January 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia priest serving nearly 20 years as a Navy chaplain won't be coming home anytime soon. He's been tapped by Pope Francis to serve as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese for Military Services. Bishop-elect Joseph Coffey has ministered to tens of...
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More than 225 of the nation's Catholic bishops are gathered at a seminary in Illinois for a weeklong retreat to discern a path for addressing the clerical abuse crisis that has gripped the American church.
Mark Abrams
January 04, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 225 of the nation's Catholic bishops are gathered at a seminary in Illinois for a weeklong retreat to discern a path for addressing the clerical abuse crisis that has gripped the American church. Villanova theology professor Massimo Faggioli says the...
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Greg Burke (left) and Pope Francis
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December 31, 2018 - 8:40 am
By Eliza Mackintosh and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN (CNN) -- Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, have resigned, an official Vatican statement announced Monday. The statement confirmed that Pope Francis accepted their resignations but did not provide more details about...
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In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on Lobito Beach in Iquique, Chile.
Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo, File
December 27, 2018 - 8:44 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. The latest...
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Iraqis shop for Christmas decorations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Although the number of Christians has dropped in Iraq, Christmas a national holiday, is very popular in the capital.
Ali Abdul Hassan/AP Photo
December 25, 2018 - 6:58 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a...
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