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    Pope Decries That ‘Greed of a Few’ Worsens Poverty of Others

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy. Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide, he lamented the lack of concern about...

  • The Associated Press Nov 16, 2019

    Youth Seminary Scandal Grows With New Abuse Claims

    A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new allegations Sunday; the show provided the broadcast to The Associated Press ahead of time. The Vatican announced in...

  • spokesman Jul 13, 2019

    Vatican Mystery Over Missing Girl Deepens; Bones Found

    The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery: The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone manhole that will be formally opened next week. The Vatican on Thursday had pried open the tombs of two...

  • Massachusetts Apr 21, 2019

    Pope Denounces ‘Cruel Violence’ of Sri Lanka Easter Attack

    Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis skipped his homily during Easter Mass but delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (To the city...

  • Massachusetts Apr 20, 2019

    Pope During Easter Vigil: Reject the ‘Glitter of Wealth’

    At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.” “Do not bury hope!” Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly, “we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.”...

  • New York Mar 30, 2019

    Cities Around the World Turn Off Lights to Mark Earth Hour

    Cities around the world marked Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a call for global action on climate change. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially fossil fuels that produce carbon gases and lead to global warming. Beginning in Sydney...

  • Asher Klein Dec 25, 2018

    Pope’s Christmas Wish: World Fraternity Despite Differences

    Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, describing the world’s differences as a richness, not a danger, and calling for political solutions to end wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Conflicts in Ukraine and tensions on the Korean Peninsula also drew the pope’s attention in his Christmas Day message, which he...

  • Francis Apr 22, 2018

    Pope Ordains 16 Priests, Tells Them Always ‘Be Merciful’

    Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. In remarks Sunday to the new priests from several nations, Francis said: “Please, don’t tire of being merciful” since they themselves sin.

  • Europe Apr 9, 2018

    Pope Francis Seeks ‘Saints Next Door’ Not Doctrinaire Perfectionists

    Pope Francis is calling for ordinary Catholics to live holy lives in whatever they do, stressing that the “saints next door” are more pleasing to God than religious elites who insist on perfect adherence to rules and doctrine. In a new document released Monday, Francis said defending the poor and migrants is “equally sacred” to defending the unborn — a...

  • Mexico Mar 13, 2018

    Pope Francis Gets Thumbs Up From High and Low as He Marks 5 Years

    Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and from the current Vatican No. 2 — as well as faithful around the globe — seeking to rebut criticism about his reform-minded papacy and encouraging him to push the envelope even further. First out of the gate was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI,...

  • New York Mar 12, 2018

    Highlights of Pope Francis’ Tenure After 5 Years

    In five years, the world has gotten to know Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina who was so self-deprecating that when he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013, as Pope Francis, he quipped that his brother cardinals had to search to the “end of the Earth” to find a new...

  • King Dec 24, 2017

    Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem Trek’s Like Today’s Migrations

    Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival, and he expressed hope that no one will feel “there is no room for them on this Earth.” Francis celebrated late evening...

  • judge Dec 20, 2017

    Cardinal O’Malley: Cardinal Law’s Death Opens ‘Old Wounds’

    Cardinal Bernard Law’s successor as archbishop of Boston says the pain felt by victims of clergy sexual abuse in the wake of Law’s death is a reminder that many wounds are still healing.

  • Massachusetts Nov 19, 2017

    Pope Devotes Mass to Poor, Calls Indifference a ‘Great Sin’

    Celebrating Mass with poor people in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Sunday denounced those who dismiss poverty as “not my business” and defined indifference to the needy as a “great sin.” Later, the pontiff expressed particular concern for those impoverished by war. After Mass, the pope lunched with some 1,500 poor people from Italy, Poland, France...

  • Massachusetts Apr 16, 2017

    Pope Francis Decries ‘Vile’ Attack on Syrians in Easter Address

    On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria....
    Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square and later in his formal “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis...

  • Francis Apr 13, 2017

    Pope Off to Maximum-Security Prison for Foot Washing Ritual

    Pope Francis heads to a maximum security prison on Holy Thursday to wash the feet of a dozen inmates, stressing in a pre-Easter ritual that a pope must serve society’s marginalized and give them hope. The Paliano detention center, located in a fortress south of Rome, is the only Italian prison dedicated to housing mafia turncoats. These “collaborators of justice”...

  • Francis Dec 25, 2015

    Pope Francis Issues Christmas Indulgence to Spread Message of Mercy

    Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praising the countries that have taken in their refugees. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis issued a plenary indulgence for Catholics in...

  • Mexico Mar 13, 2015

    Pope Francis Predicts Short Pontificate, Misses Pizza

    Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won’t be pope for long — and by calling a special Jubilee Year to focus the church on his top priority while he’s still around: mercy.

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