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  • Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.

  • Pope calls US nuns 'women of strength' after Vatican inquiry story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 9:42 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis made a rousing show of gratitude for American nuns on Thursday while thanking clergy for persevering through the priest sex abuse scandal, seemingly intent on moving the U.S. church beyond recent crises.

  • Seminary puts pope-inspired beer on tap for Francis' stay 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 8:04 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - It started out as a lark inspired by the frenzy over Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia: a limited-run beer for the local bars with a playful name and a label showing the pontiff raising a gold-hued goblet of the stuff.

  • New Hampshire company's candle to be lit by Pope Francis 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:22 am

    CONTOOCOOK, New Hampshire - A New Hampshire company has made a candle that Pope Francis will light at an interfaith service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

  • Pope praises US bishops' response to abuse, angering victims story has photos
    Updated: Sep-23-15 10:00 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis praised American bishops on Wednesday for their "generous commitment" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits.

  • Pope Francis warns US bishops against 'divisive' language story has photos
    Updated: Sep-23-15 9:46 pm

    Pope Francis told U.S. bishops on Wednesday they should avoid "harsh and divisive" language and create a church with the warmth of a "family fire" as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the center of the culture wars.

  • Who needs a limo? Pope Francis opts for a more modest Fiat story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis was hard to spot in the motorcade of more than 20 armed SUVs and police cars that motored into the nation's capital late Tuesday. The pontiff ditched the fancy wheels in favor of a much more modest ride: a Fiat.

  • The Latest: Pope Francis settles in for first night in US story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-22-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States. All times local:

  • Church's conference on families spurring Francis' US trip story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 11:32 am

    PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis' six-day, three-city tour of the U.S. this week evolved from a pledge he made last fall to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Stops in Washington and New York were added after Francis put the triennial, Vatican-sponsored conference on his agenda. Here are answers to key questions about the event opening Tuesday that's spurring Francis' first-ever visit to America and the City of Brotherly Love:

  • Archbishop to join Lankford for Pope Francis' speech 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 11:09 am

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he's invited Archbishop Paul Coakley to be his guest this week as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

  • Some notable moments between popes and US presidents 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 10:45 am

    Some notable moments in the nearly 100-year history of meetings between the pope and American presidents:

  • Security is tight after Cuban dissident confronts pope story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 7:05 pm

    SANTIAGO, Cuba - Security was tight Monday for Pope Francis after a dissident got close enough to touch the popemobile a day earlier and at least three other opposition members were thwarted trying to accept Vatican invitations to greet the pontiff at ceremonies in Havana.

  • Cuba's tiny patron saint a powerful national symbol story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 9:51 am

    Here's a look at Cuba's tiny patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, to which Pope Francis will pay homage Monday and Tuesday:

  • Cuba's tiny patron saint a powerful national symbol 
    Updated: Sep-20-15 1:39 pm

    HAVANA - Pope Francis will pay homage to Cuba's tiny patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, on Monday and Tuesday during his visit to the island. Here's a look at the country's version of the Virgin Mary:

  • A glance at current and past papal visits to Cuba 
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:04 am

    HAVANA - Pope Francis will be the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba when he arrives on Saturday.

  • In TV message, pope tells Cubans that Jesus loves them 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 9:38 pm

    HAVANA - Pope Francis delivered an unprecedented televised message to the Cuban people ahead of a four-day trip to the island, telling them on state television Thursday night that Jesus "never abandons us" and he "loves you very much."

  • White House looks to find 'lasting value' in pope's visit 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 7:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is determined to find ways to draw "lasting value" from the visit of Pope Francis to Washington next week on shared goals such as tackling climate change and economic inequality, White House aides said Thursday. But they also acknowledged that the pope speaks his mind and could well say things that don't jibe with Obama administration policies.

  • Popular Pope Francis has revived, ruffled US Catholic church 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 12:25 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis' favorability ratings in surveys of U.S. Catholics and all Americans have fluctuated in his two-year-old papacy - but always within a range that would be the envy of any leader.

  • 'Pope Plan' transforms Havana, Cuban city known for decay 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 10:06 am

    HAVANA - Windows looking out on the Church of the Sacred Heart were covered with tattered newspapers. Wheel-swallowing potholes pitted the streets. Paint peeled off the walls in sheets.

  • GOP candidates to attend pope events despite differences story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-14-15 4:08 am

    WASHINGTON - To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him.

  • White House rolling out red carpet for Pope Francis 
    Updated: Sep-14-15 4:05 am

    WASHINGTON - When Pope Francis arrives on his first-ever visit to the United States, he will be welcomed in a way that few world leaders have: with President Barack Obama waiting at the bottom of the airplane stairs to greet him.

  • Vatican launches train service to Castel Gandolfo gardens 
    Updated: Sep-13-15 1:50 pm

    CASTEL GALDOLFO, Italy - With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal summer estate in Castel Gandolfo now that Pope Francis has decided to open it to the public.

  • Vatican launches train service to Castel Gandolfo gardens 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 8:11 am

    CASTEL GALDOLFO, Italy - With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station Friday to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal summer estate in Castel Gandolfo now that Pope Francis has decided to open it to the public.

  • Officials: Popemobile to travel on streets near White House 
    Updated: Sep-10-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will travel in the Popemobile on streets between the White House and National Mall when he visits Washington later this month, the Archdiocese of Washington announced Thursday.

  • Cross-section of religious life to greet Pope Francis in US story has photos
    Updated: Sep-10-15 4:13 pm

    When Pope Francis arrives at the White House at the start his U.S. visit, he will be greeted by a cross-section of American religious life - from leaders of major evangelical groups to liberal Protestants and a Roman Catholic nun who leads bus tours advocating for social justice.