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October 6, 2021, 3:04 PM

Pope expresses 'shame' at scale of clergy abuse in France

Pope Francis has expressed “shame” for himself and the Roman Catholic Church for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France
October 6, 2021, 3:04 PM
October 6, 2021, 12:18 AM

Prosecutor concedes mistakes, makes offer in Vatican trial

The Vatican prosecutor has conceded procedural errors in his fraud and corruption investigation into the Holy See’s finances and is offering to remedy them by essentially starting over
October 6, 2021, 12:18 AM
September 23, 2021, 10:22 PM

McCormack, bishop panned for role in sex abuse scandal, dies

Retired Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack has died after a career in which he faced criticism for his role in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire’s diocese during its own reckoning
September 23, 2021, 10:22 PM
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'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal right-wing critics
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German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has defended the pope's decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations within the church
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Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

Pope Francis says he doesn't understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines
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Pope urges compassion as he wraps Slovakia pilgrimage

Pope Francis has urged Slovakians look out for the neediest among them as he wraps up a four-day pilgrimage to the central European country
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Pope in Slovakia to honor Holocaust dead on Day 2 of tour

Pope Francis is opening his visit to Slovakia by meeting with the president ahead of an encounter with the country’s Jewish community
1 month ago
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Pope: Aim to counter fundamentalist violence with schooling

Francis urges religious leaders and others to promote schooling, combat poverty
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Pope's Central Europe visit tests his health and diplomacy

Pope Francis is making his first foreign trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July
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Pope asks for prayers for pilgrimage to 'heart of Europe'

Pope Francis says he'll be traveling to the “heart of Europe" when he makes a pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia later this month
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Vatican exonerates Brooklyn bishop accused of sexual abuse

The Vatican has concluded that allegations of sexual abuse dating back a half century against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn do not "have the semblance of truth.”
2 months ago
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Pope inadvertently quotes Putin to chide West's Afghan war

Pope Francis criticized the West’s recent involvement in Afghanistan.
2 months ago
Pope inadvertently quotes Putin to chide West's Afghan war
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Pope replaces Australian bishop in alleged misconduct probe

The Australian bishop stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
2 months ago
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Vatican punishes Polish archbishop for sex abuse negligence

He is also to pray and repent.
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The Latest: Australia also records new COVID-19 highs

Australia’s two most populous states have recorded new benchmark highs in COVID-19 infections
2 months ago
Texas schools amend dress code to require masks
2 months ago

Italian postal workers intercept suspicious letter to pope

Italian paramilitary police are investigating the source of an envelope containing three bullets addressed to the pope
2 months ago
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Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

Pope Francis has resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery
2 months ago
Pope resumes public audiences month after major surgery
3 months ago

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

Disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974
3 months ago
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Cardinal in Vatican fraud trial: My conscience is 'tranquil'

10 defendants face a trial for allegedly criminal asset management.
3 months ago
Cardinal, 9 others on trial at Vatican in money scandals
3 months ago

Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy

Vatican prosecutors have alleged a jaw-dropping series of scandals in the biggest criminal trial in the Vatican’s modern history
3 months ago
Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy
3 months ago

Grueling itinerary set for pope's first post-surgery trip

Pope Francis' first foreign trip after undergoing intestinal surgery is going to be a grueling one
3 months ago
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Pope reverses Benedict, reimposes restrictions on Latin Mass

Pope Francis has cracked down on the celebration of the old Latin Mass by reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions
3 months ago
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Pope Francis returns to Vatican 10 days after surgery

Pope Francis is back at the Vatican after being discharged from a Rome hospital 10 days after intestinal surgery to remove half of his colon
3 months ago
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Pope visits young cancer patients ahead of expected release

Pope Francis has visited young cancer patients at the Rome hospital where he is recovering from intestinal surgery
3 months ago
Hospitalized pope expected to return to Vatican soon
3 months ago

Pope to spend a few more days in Rome hospital after surgery

Pope Francis will spend a few more days in the hospital following his July 4 intestinal surgery to “optimize” the recovery and rehabilitation treatment and therapy
3 months ago
3 months ago

Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since surgery

The pope greeted people from his hospital balcony at the exact time he usually gives his weekly Angelus.
3 months ago
Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since surgery
3 months ago

Pope Francis speaks from hospital

Still recovering from intestinal surgery, the Pope said a blessing from the hospital balcony to a crowd of people below.
3 months ago
Pope Francis speaks from hospital
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Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since surgery

Since undergoing major intestinal surgery last week, Pope Francis made his first public appearance to greet well-wishers from a hospital balcony.
3 months ago
Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since surgery
3 months ago

Pope Francis makes 1st appearance since intestinal surgery

Pope Francis has made his first public appearance since surgery a week earlier
3 months ago
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Pope Francis to give Sunday address from hospital after surgery

The Vatican says the pope is eating regularly and walking the hallways after undergoing colon surgery.
3 months ago
Pope Francis to give Sunday address from hospital after surgery
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Pope tells South Sudan leaders to make sacrifices for peace

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury are urging South Sudan's rival political leaders to make the necessary personal sacrifices to consolidate peace
3 months ago
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Vatican: Pope to deliver Sunday blessing from Rome hospital

The Vatican says Pope Francis is walking, working and has celebrated Mass at a Rome hospital from where he will also deliver his weekly Sunday blessing while recovering from intestinal surgery
3 months ago
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Pope temporarily had fever 3 days after intestinal surgery

The Vatican says Pope Francis temporarily ran a temperature three days after intestinal surgery, but routine tests proved negative
3 months ago
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Vatican: Pope Francis recovers from temporary fever episode

The Vatican announced that the Pope ran a slightly higher than normal fever for a short amount of time on Wednesday, days after intestinal surgery.
3 months ago
Vatican: Pope Francis recovers from temporary fever episode
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Pope, from hospital, sends condolences to Haiti after attack

Pope Francis sends condolences to Haiti following attack on President Moïse.
3 months ago
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Pope had severe narrowing of the colon, recovery continues

The Vatican says Pope Francis’ recovery from intestinal surgery continues to be “regular and satisfactory."
3 months ago
Pope, recovering well, had 'severe' narrowing of his colon
3 months ago

Pope recovering in hospital after surgery

The Vatican said Pope Francis ate breakfast and took a walk on Tuesday while he continues to recover from intestinal surgery. A statement from the Vatican said the Sunday surgery had “good” results.
3 months ago
Pope recovering in hospital after surgery
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Pope Francis eats breakfast, takes walk 2 days after surgery

The Vatican says Pope Francis has eaten breakfast, read the newspapers and taken a walk as he continues recovering from intestinal surgery
3 months ago
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Pope Francis recovering from intestinal surgery

The surgery removed half of the pontiff's colon.
3 months ago
Pope Francis recovering from intestinal surgery
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Pope Francis 'alert and breathing' after scheduled surgery

The 84-year-old pope is breathing on his own after going into Gemelli Polyclinic following surgery to remove part of his bowel.
3 months ago
Pope Francis 'alert and breathing' after scheduled surgery
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Pope Francis recovers from colon surgery

The 84-year-old pope was treated for “diverticular stenosis of the colon.” The surgery was performed at Gemelli Hospital in Rome, and the pope is expected to remain in the hospital for about a week.
3 months ago
Pope Francis recovers from colon surgery
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Vatican: Pope alert and well a day after intestinal surgery

The Vatican says Pope Francis is in good condition, alert and breathing on his own after the pontiff underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half of his colon
3 months ago
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Pope Francis ‘reacted well’ to intestinal surgery, Vatican says

The 84-year-old pope is recovering after a scheduled surgery at Gemelli hospital in Rome.
3 months ago
Pope Francis ‘reacted well’ to intestinal surgery, Vatican says
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Pope Francis undergoes scheduled surgery

The pope was taken to a hospital earlier today in Rome for diverticulitis and had surgery on his large intestine.
3 months ago
Pope Francis undergoes scheduled surgery
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Vatican says pope 'reacted well' to intestinal surgery

Francis expected to convalesce a few days in a special suite reserved for popes.
3 months ago
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Vatican suppresses Italy group, determines revelations fake

The dissolution of the Apostolic Movement is latest crackdown on local orders.
3 months ago
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EXPLAINER: Behind the Vatican's London real estate scandal

10 people charged related to Holy See's luxury London real estate investment.
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Vatican seeks all-out effort to combat vaccine hesitancy

The Vatican’s bioethics academy and the World Medical Association are calling for an all-out effort to combat vaccine hesitancy and correct the “myths and disinformation” that are slowing the fight against the coronavirus
4 months ago
4 months ago

Pope Francis: Thank you, Benedict, for praying for church

Pope Francis has offered an affectionate, public thank-you to Benedict XVI, whose retirement from the papacy in 2013 shocked the world
4 months ago