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June 24, 2022, 3:24 PM

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.
June 24, 2022, 3:24 PM
Vatican to start monthly newspaper by and with the poor
June 22, 2022, 10:38 AM

Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits

Pope Francis has blasted the violence that plagues Mexico.
June 22, 2022, 10:38 AM
Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits
June 15, 2022, 5:34 PM

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
June 15, 2022, 5:34 PM
Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups
June 14, 2022, 12:03 PM

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
June 14, 2022, 12:03 PM
Pope blasts Russian 'cruelty,' lauds Ukrainian 'heroism'
June 13, 2022, 1:08 PM

Pope nixes procession but plans Mass for Congolese on July 3

Pope Francis is suffering from ongoing knee pain.
June 13, 2022, 1:08 PM
Pope bows out of annual procession due to knee pain
June 10, 2022, 7:13 PM

Pope cancels trip to Congo and South Sudan due to bad knee

Pope Francis has canceled a planned July trip to Africa on doctors' orders because of a knee problem
June 10, 2022, 7:13 PM
Pope cancels trip to Congo and South Sudan due to knee issue
June 5, 2022, 2:37 PM

Pope Francis fuels new speculation on future of pontificate

Pope Francis has added fuel to rumors about the future of his pontificate
June 5, 2022, 2:37 PM
Pope Francis fuels new speculation on future of pontificate
1 month ago

Pope names 21 new cardinals, from Asia, Africa, elsewhere

The pope said he will conduct the consistory ceremony in late August.
1 month ago
Pope names 21 new cardinals, from India, Mongolia, elsewhere
1 month ago

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naive' policy

Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and of wisdom
1 month ago
Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naïve' policy
1 month ago

Pope's recipe to heal his painful knee? A shot of tequila

Doctors have prescribed a wheelchair, cane and physical therapy.
1 month ago
Pope's recipe to heal his painful knee? A shot of tequila
1 month ago

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

Pope Francis has created 10 new saints, rallying from knee pain that had forced him to use a wheelchair
1 month ago
Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints
2 months ago

Cardinal: Pope's wheelchair use an example to older adults

A top Vatican cardinal says Pope Francis’ willingness to work despite knee pain that has made walking nearly impossible shows other older adults that they have wisdom and experience to offer younger generations
2 months ago
Aging pope urges elderly people to consider age a blessing
2 months ago

Minister: Pope postpones visit to Lebanon for health reasons

A Lebanese Cabinet minister says Pope Francis has postponed a planned visit to Lebanon next month due to health reasons
2 months ago
Pope may postpone visit to Lebanon due to knee problem
2 months ago

Pope Francis appears for 1st time in public in wheelchair

The 85-year-old pope suffers from chronic pain in his right knee and has canceled several events in recent days.
2 months ago
Pope Francis appears for 1st time in public in wheelchair
2 months ago

Cardinal: Pope OK'd spending 1M euros to free kidnapped nun

A cardinal has testified that Pope Francis authorized spending up to 1 million euros to free a Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali
2 months ago
Cardinal: Pope OK'd spending 1M euros to free kidnapped nun
2 months ago

Pope, suffering knee pain, uses wheelchair for 1st time

Pope Francis has arrived at an audience in a wheelchair as his knee pain continues to limit his mobility
2 months ago
Pope, suffering knee pain, uses wheelchair for 1st time
2 months ago

Pope's Ukraine diplomacy a political and spiritual tightrope

Pope Francis hasn’t made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia’s war in Ukraine.
2 months ago
Pope's Ukraine diplomacy a political and spiritual tightrope
2 months ago

Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back

Francis said he made the offer about three weeks into Russia's invasion.
2 months ago
Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back
2 months ago

Pope warns of lost trust without more abuse accountability

Pope Francis has given a new mandate to his sex abuse advisory commission
2 months ago
Pope warns of trust loss without more abuse accountability
2 months ago

Pope cancels agenda on medical advice because of knee pain

Pope Francis has again canceled his daily meetings because of acute knee pain that has greatly curtailed his mobility in recent months
2 months ago
Pope cancels agenda on medical advice because of knee pain
2 months ago

Pope appoints key posts, including nun in development office

Pope Francis has made key appointments in his newly reformed Vatican bureaucracy
2 months ago
Pope appoints key posts, including nun in development office
2 months ago

Benedict XVI turns 95 as book focuses on anomaly of 2 popes

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI turned 95 this past weekend
2 months ago
Benedict XVI turns 95 as book focuses on anomaly of 2 popes
2 months ago

Pope calls for peace in Easter mass

The war in Ukraine was central to the annual Easter message from Pope Francis.
2 months ago
Pope calls for peace in Easter mass
2 months ago

Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace, cites nuclear risk

Pope Francis has made an Easter plea for peace in Ukraine and in other wars in the world
2 months ago
Pope leads crowds in 1st outdoor Easter Mass since pandemic
2 months ago

Pope Francis visits Italian prison for traditional foot-washing service

Pope Francis conducted the traditional foot-washing service while visiting an Italian prison for a Holy Thursday Mass, washing and kissing the feet of 12 inmates.
2 months ago
Pope Francis visits Italian prison for traditional foot-washing service
2 months ago

Ukraine upset by Vatican inviting Russian to carry cross

A close associate of Pope Francis is defending the Vatican's decision to have a Russian woman and a Ukrainian woman carry the cross together during a Good Friday procession in Rome
2 months ago
3 months ago

Pope still working on meeting Russian Orthodox patriarch

Pope Francis says he is still working on arranging a meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, despite that leader's seeming justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
3 months ago
3 months ago

Pope prays for end to 'sacrilegious' war, refugee welcome

Pope Francis is praying for an end to the “sacrilegious” war in Ukraine and for the world to show compassion to refugees
3 months ago
Pope prays for kindness to refugees as he wraps Malta visit
3 months ago

Pope blasts Russia's 'infantile' war, EU-Libya deal in Malta

Pope Francis says he is considering making a visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, and he has blasted Russia's war in Ukraine as an “infantile and destructive aggression."
3 months ago
Pope heads to Malta; Migration, Ukraine war top his agenda
3 months ago

Pope Francis apologizes for Church's role in Canada's Indigenous residential school system

Pope Francis apologized Friday for the Catholic Church's role in running Canada's brutal residential school system.
3 months ago
Pope apologizes for Church's role in Canada's Indigenous school system
3 months ago

Pope makes historic Indigenous apology for Canada abuses

Pope Francis has made a historic apology to Indigenous peoples for the “deplorable” abuses suffered in Canada’s residential schools
3 months ago
Pope begs forgiveness of Indigenous for Canada school abuses
3 months ago

Pope Francis apologizes for church’s role in Canada’s Indigenous residential school system

Thousands of Indigenous children were abused at the schools.
3 months ago
Pope apologizes for church’s role in Canada’s Indigenous residential school system
3 months ago

Indigenous tell pope of abuses at Canada residential schools

Indigenous leaders from Canada and survivors of the country’s notorious residential schools for Indigenous children are meeting this week with Pope Francis
3 months ago
Canadian Indigenous meet with pope in hopes of apology
3 months ago

Pope's peace prayer for Ukraine recalls Fatima prophecy

Pope Francis has prayed for peace in Ukraine in a ceremony that harks back to a century-old apocalyptic prophecy about peace and Russia
3 months ago
Pope's peace prayer for Ukraine recalls ancient prophesy
3 months ago

Pope releases Vatican reform, gives weight to fighting abuse

The Vatican has released the document laying out Pope Francis’ long-awaited reform of the Holy See bureaucracy
3 months ago
Pope releases long-awaited reform of Vatican bureaucracy
3 months ago

Pope asserts Ukraine right to defense in blasting Russia war

Pope Francis is denouncing the “perverse abuse of power” on display in Russia’s war in Ukraine
3 months ago
Pope asserts Ukraine right to defense in blasting Russia war
4 months ago

Local churches shun Vatican's moderate stance on Russia

The head of the Polish bishops’ conference has done what Pope Francis has avoided doing by publicly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
4 months ago
Local churches shun Vatican's moderate stance on Russia
4 months ago

Pope gives fathers working at Vatican 3-day paternity leave

Pope Francis has decided to grant a three-day paternity leave to new fathers who work at the Vatican
4 months ago
Pope gives fathers working at Vatican 3-day paternity leave
4 months ago

Vatican judge tosses defense motions as fraud trial advances

A Vatican tribunal has resoundingly rejected defense motions to dismiss a landmark financial fraud case
4 months ago
Vatican judge tosses defense motions as fraud trial advances
4 months ago

Pope makes surprise visit to Russian Embassy to the Vatican

The Vatican press office confirmed that Pope Francis made a visit to the Russian Embassy to the Holy See to express his concern about the fighting in Ukraine.
4 months ago
Pope makes surprise visit to Russian Embassy to the Vatican
4 months ago

Pope makes personal appeal in remarkable Russia embassy trip

Pope Francis has made an in-person visit to the Russian Embassy to “express his concern about the war” in Ukraine, in an extraordinary, hands-on gesture
4 months ago
Pope nixes Florence visit, Ash Wednesday due to knee pain
4 months ago

Vatican ponders priesthood amid abuse research, revelations

The Vatican this week is hosting a three-day symposium on the Catholic priesthood amid renewed public attention on clergy sex abuse scandals and fresh research into the abuses of priestly power
4 months ago
Vatican ponders priesthood amid abuse research, revelations
5 months ago

Retired Pope Benedict asks for forgiveness over handling of abuse cases

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5 months ago
Retired Pope Benedict asks for forgiveness over handling of abuse cases
5 months ago

Retired pope asks pardon for abuse, but admits no wrongdoing

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is asking forgiveness for any “grievous faults” in his handling of clergy sex abuse cases
5 months ago
Retired pope asks pardon for abuse, but admits no wrongdoing
5 months ago

Pope Francis notches new first: TV evening talk show guest

It was the first time he answered questions on a talk show followed by millions.
5 months ago
5 months ago

Vatican defends Benedict after report faults abuse record

The Vatican is strongly defending Pope Benedict XVI’s record in fighting abuse.
5 months ago
Vatican defends Benedict after report faults abuse record
5 months ago

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend the 1980 meeting.
5 months ago
Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed
5 months ago

Pope calls for day of prayer for peace for Ukraine

Pope Francis has expressed his concern over “rising tensions” in Ukraine that threaten peace, and called for political talks that put at the center "human brotherhood instead of partisan interests."
5 months ago
Pope calls for day of prayer for peace for Ukraine
5 months ago

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Pope Francis is vowing to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany
5 months ago
Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted
5 months ago

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

A report on sexual abuse in Munich has faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI.
5 months ago
Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults former pope