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Pope warns of nuclear war risk; appeals to Putin on Ukraine

Pope Francis has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, imploring him to “stop this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine
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September 25, 2022, 5:02 PM

Pope urges Italians to have more children, welcome migrants

Pope Francis has traveled to southern Italy to close out an Italian church congress that coincided with Italy’s national election
September 25, 2022, 5:02 PM
September 24, 2022, 12:15 PM

Pope appeals to the young to save the planet, find peace

Pope Francis has traveled to Assisi, the birthplace of his namesake saint to deliver an appeal aimed at young people in hopes they can help save the Earth and make the world's economy more attentive to the poor
September 24, 2022, 12:15 PM
September 12, 2022, 11:40 AM

Pope heads to Kazakh interfaith congress, without patriarch

Pope Francis is traveling to Kazakhstan this week to participate in a conference of world religious leaders, with Russia's war in Ukraine clouding the visit
September 12, 2022, 11:40 AM
Pope heads to Kazakh interfaith congress, without patriarch
September 11, 2022, 12:06 PM

Pope seeks prayers for his 'peace pilgrimage' in Kazakhstan

Pope Francis is asking for prayers to accompany him this week.
September 11, 2022, 12:06 PM
Pope seeks prayers for his 'peace pilgrimage' in Kazakhstan
1 month ago

John Paul I, briefly serving, 'smiling' pope, is beatified

Pope Francis has beatified one of his predecessors, John Paul I, a briefly serving pontiff who was distinguished for his humility and cheerfulness
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John Paul I, briefly serving, 'smiling' pope, is beatified
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Vatican: Pope clearly condemns Russia's 'repugnant' war

The Vatican has defended Pope Francis from allegations he hasn't come down hard enough on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, saying the pontiff clearly views the war launched by Moscow as “repugnant.”
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Vatican: Pope clearly condemns Russia's 'repugnant' war
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Pope meets with cardinals on future direction of church

Pope Francis has wrapped up two days of closed-door meetings with about 180 cardinals including the newest ones
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Pope meets with cardinals on future direction of church
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Pope Francis meets with new church leaders as retirement rumors swirl

ABC News’ Terry Moran reports from Rome as Pope Francis elevates 20 clergymen to the rank of cardinal.
1 month ago
Pope Francis meets with new church leaders as retirement rumors swirl
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Pope Francis meets with church leaders in Vatican City amid retirement rumors

Among the invited leaders is a new American cardinal who is known for his liberal views on issues like abortion and LGBTQ+ rights.
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Pope Francis meets with church leaders in Vatican City amid retirement rumors
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Pope Francis convenes meeting with new cardinals

ABC News’ Terry Moran reports on the latest details from the consistory ceremony as Pope Francis meets with new cardinals.
1 month ago
Pope Francis convenes meeting with new cardinals
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Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals to Catholic Church

The Pope hopes to create a global and diverse church with the new appointees, including Archbishop Robert McElroy from California.
1 month ago
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals to Catholic Church
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Francis praises humility of 13th-century pope who resigned

Pope Francis has praised the humility of a 13th-century pontiff who resigned, during a visit to a quake-ravaged Italian mountain town
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Francis praises humility of 13-century pontiff who resigned
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Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals

In hopes to make the Church more global and diverse, Pope Francis elevates 20 churchmen to the rank of cardinal from all over the globe, including East Timor, Mongolia and Nigeria.
1 month ago
Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals
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Newest US cardinal: A San Diego-based ally of Pope Francis

This Saturday, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy will join 20 other Catholic clerics in being elevated to the position of cardinal
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Newest US cardinal: A San Diego-based ally of Pope Francis
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Vatican shelves assault probe into Canadian cardinal claims

The Vatican says a preliminary church investigation into sexual assault allegations by a Canadian woman against a top cardinal has determined the case doesn’t warrant further investigation
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Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church
2 months ago
Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church
2 months ago

Pope meets Russia envoy; decrees Ukraine-based priest martyr

Pope Francis has met with a top official of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of an expected meeting next month in Kazakhstan with the Russian Orthodox leader, Patriarch Kirill
2 months ago
Pope meets Russia envoy; decrees Ukraine-based priest martyr
2 months ago

Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life

Pope Francis has promoted a Vatican nurse to be his “personal health care assistant” The Vatican announced the appointment of Massimiliano Strappetti on Thursday
2 months ago
Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life
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Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch

The Vatican says Pope Francis will travel next month to Kazakhstan
2 months ago
Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch
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Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You can change a pope'

Pope Francis says he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments
2 months ago
Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You can change a pope'
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Pope visits Nunavut for final apology of his Canadian tour

Pope Francis wrapped up his Canadian pilgrimage by meeting with Indigenous delegations and visiting Inuit territory in northern Nunavut
2 months ago
Pope heads to Nunavut to apologize at end of Canadian tour
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Canada says pope's apology to Indigenous not enough

The Canadian government says Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses they suffered in the country’s church-run residential schools didn’t go far enough
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Pope Francis’s apology for residential schools in Canada triggers strong reactions

On a historic trip to Canada, the Pope apologized to Indigenous communities for the Church's role in a residential school system that forcibly assimilated Indigenous people, leaving lasting trauma.
2 months ago
Pope Francis’s apology for residential schools in Canada triggers strong reactions
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Pope Francis apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community

The pontiff has been in Canada to offer an apology over the Catholic church's role in the generational abuse many suffered at Indigenous residential schools.
2 months ago
Pope Francis apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community
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Pope apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community over church’s role in abuse

ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on Pope Francis’ first day in Canada, where he apologized for the Catholic church's role in the abuse the Indigenous community suffered at residential schools.
2 months ago
Pope apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community over church’s role in abuse
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Pope apologizes for 'catastrophic' school policy in Canada

Pope Francis has apologized for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools
2 months ago
Pope set for historic apology for school abuses in Canada
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Pope apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community

"I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples," Pope Francis said.
2 months ago
Pope apologizes to Canada's Indigenous community
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Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous community in Canada over church's role in boarding school abuse

Pope Francis offered a long-sought apology to the Indigenous community in Canada over the Catholic Church’s role in operating Indigenous boarding schools.
2 months ago
Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous community in Canada over boarding school abuse
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Pope Francis set to make historic apology to indigenous communities in Canada

The pontiff is expected to apologize to indigenous Canadians for decades of abuse and cultural suppression at the country's residential school system, most of them operated by the Catholic Church.
2 months ago
Pope Francis set to make historic apology to indigenous communities in Canada
2 months ago

Pope Francis' visit to Canada

The Pope apologized for the church’s role in what was done to indigenous families in the 19th and 20th centuries.
2 months ago
Pope Francis' visit to Canada
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Pope Francis heads to Canada

This is the Pope's first trip to North America in seven years, since he visited the U.S. and Cuba in 2015.
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Pope Francis heads to Canada
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Pope lands in Canada, set for apologies to Indigenous groups

Pope Francis has landed in Canada, beginning a fraught visit.
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Church apologies: Top leaders say sorry for historical sins

The pope plans to apologize to Indigenous groups on Canadian soil this week.
2 months ago
Church apologies: Top leaders say sorry for historical sins
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Pope's Indigenous tour signals a rethink of mission legacy

Pope Francis’ trip to Canada to apologize for the horrors of church-run Indigenous residential schools marks a radical rethink of the Catholic Church’s missionary legacy in the Americas
2 months ago
Pope's Indigenous tour signals a rethink of mission legacy
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Vatican imposes new investment policy amid financial scandal

The Vatican has centralized and overhauled its investment strategy after a botched deal lost tens of millions of euros
2 months ago
Vatican imposes new investment policy amid financial scandal
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Pope seeks prayers for his 'penitential' Canadian pilgrimage

He will apologize to Indigenous groups for abuses by Catholic institutions.
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Pope tells religious orders to report abuse, protect others

The pope said they must have “zero tolerance” for sexual abusers in their ranks.
3 months ago
Pope tells religious orders to report abuse, protect others
3 months ago

Vatican names 3 women to office that vets bishop nominations

Pope Francis has named three women to serve as members of the Vatican office that vets bishop nominations
3 months ago
Vatican names 3 women to office that vets bishop nominations
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Pope: I wouldn't live in Vatican or Argentina if I retire

Pope Francis says he wouldn't live in the Vatican or return to his native Argentina if and when he ever retires
3 months ago
Pope: I wouldn't live in Vatican or Argentina if I retire
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Pope schedules back-to-back Italy trips after pandemic lull

Pope Francis is planning to restart his pilgrimages within Italy after a pandemic-induced lull and knee pain that has made walking and standing difficult
3 months ago
Pope schedules back-to-back Italy trips after pandemic lull
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Pope denies resignation rumors, hopes to visit Kyiv, Moscow

Pope Francis has dismissed rumors he plans to resign.
3 months ago
Pope denies resignation rumors, hopes to visit Kyiv, Moscow
3 months ago

Pope, unable to go to Congo, embraces Congolese in Rome

Pope Francis has greeted members of the Congolese community in Rome after knee trouble forced him to cancel a planned pilgrimage to Africa
3 months ago
Pope, unable to go to Congo, embraces Congolese in Rome
3 months ago

Musk meets pope, uses Twitter to announce the audience

The Vatican didn’t announce the audience or provide any information about it.
3 months ago
3 months ago

Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity

Pope Francis is urging the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development
3 months ago
Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity
3 months ago

Vatican to start monthly newspaper by and with the poor

The new monthly edition will be dedicated to the poor and people on the margins.
3 months ago
Vatican to start monthly newspaper by and with the poor
3 months ago

Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits

Pope Francis has blasted the violence that plagues Mexico.
3 months ago
Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits
4 months ago

Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups

Pope Francis has taken another step to reign in and regulate new religious groups in the Catholic Church
4 months ago
Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups
4 months ago

Pope blasts Russian 'cruelty,' lauds Ukrainian 'heroism'

Pope Francis has blasted the “ferocity and cruelty” of Russian troops in Ukraine while praising the “heroism” and “courage” of Ukrainians to defend their land
4 months ago
Pope blasts Russian 'cruelty,' lauds Ukrainian 'heroism'
4 months ago

Pope nixes procession but plans Mass for Congolese on July 3

Pope Francis is suffering from ongoing knee pain.
4 months ago
Pope bows out of annual procession due to knee pain