Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to faithful at the end of the Angelus prayer he delivered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
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October 23, 2018 - 10:38 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in...
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Chile's President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they meet during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
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October 13, 2018 - 10:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually...
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Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of his weekly general audience in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
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October 12, 2018 - 7:15 am
By David Crary and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. Wuerl, who turns 78 in November...
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Pope Francis
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October 03, 2018 - 5:05 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes of the past as he opened a global church leadership meeting Wednesday amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Yet down the block from the Vatican's synod hall, about two...
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September 30, 2018 - 11:17 am
VICTORIA, Kan. (AP) — The friary in remote western Kansas that is now home to a disgraced former U.S. cardinal removed from ministry by Pope Francis over allegations of sexual abuse is just one block from an elementary school. The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., confirmed in a statement Friday...
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Pope Francis salutes faithful as he arrives in Freedom Square to celebrate a Mass in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Pope Francis concludes his four-day tour of the Baltics visiting Estonia.
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September 25, 2018 - 12:23 pm
By Nicole Winfield and Jari Tanner, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis...
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Pope Francis leaves s at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
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September 12, 2018 - 9:37 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction...
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 In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind.
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September 10, 2018 - 1:27 pm
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal, Francis' top advisers said Monday. In a...
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Pope Francis poses with Archbishop Charles Chaupt and seminarians on the steps of St. Martin of Tours Chapel at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, September 27, 2015 in Wynnewwod, Pennsylvania.
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Steve Tawa
September 03, 2018 - 12:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While bishops from around the world were planning to meet in Rome next month to discuss the pastoral care of the Catholic Church for the young, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is asking the pope to cancel it. When Pope Francis planned the assembly of bishops...
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro
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Dan Wing
August 28, 2018 - 11:01 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was a guest on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to discuss sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and what he calls cover-ups that go all the way to the Vatican. Since the report's release, Shapiro says only two priests have been...
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