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Stories with person: Pope Francis
  • Brian Williams still weeks away from reappearing at MSNBC 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 2:58 pm

    NEW YORK - Next week marks the end of Brian Williams' six-month suspension from NBC News for exaggerating his role in news stories, but he isn't expected back on the air in his new job at MSNBC for at least another month.

  • Pelosi praises papal climate encyclical during Italy visit 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 8:49 am

    MILAN - Leading U.S. Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Monday called the pope's climate encyclical "an important new effective asset" in pushing forward policy to slow global warming by bringing aboard a new audience.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 10:29 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 7:22 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • House leadership outline ticket plans for Pope's speech 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress will get one guest ticket for Pope Francis' speech in September and additional tickets to see the Pontiff on the West Front of the Capitol.

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:15 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.

  • Rome's hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 12:07 pm

    ROME - Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome. But the Eternal City will need a miracle to find anything to feel jubilant about.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Seating will be limited for papal address story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 8:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - Seats on the floor of the House chamber are not for everybody. But when Pope Francis addresses Congress this fall, they're going to be even harder to get than usual - and this means you, former senators and representatives.

  • City officials still mum on pope visit transportation plans 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:07 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Two months before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, city officials are still mum on plans for getting around while he's in town.

  • Putin, Xi, Rouhani to address annual UN high-level meeting 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 10:35 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders in September - a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 10:41 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.

  • Indianapolis archdiocese eliminating marriage annulment fee 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 3:58 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is eliminating fees for marriage annulments, a step that follows comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Catholics to remarry.

  • World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 11:25 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.

  • NYC mayor blasts EU on migration, warns Wall St. on climate 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 4:19 pm

    VATICAN CITY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the European Union on Tuesday for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigration, saying the EU must come up with a Europe-wide immigration policy or stop pretending it's a union.

  • Gov. Brown: Millions are suffering because of climate change story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:23 pm

    VATICAN CITY - At a climate summit at the Vatican, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.

  • Birmingham mayor: Pleased to back pope's call to end slavery story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 10:44 am

    VATICAN CITY - The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local.

  • NYC Mayor de Blasio to address climate change at Vatican 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 12:50 pm

    NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to a conference on climate change at the Vatican, where he's scheduled to speak and attend an audience with Pope Francis.

  • South Jersey sculptor crafting staff for pope's Philly visit 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 11:04 am

    DEPTFORD, New Jersey - In his studio in his serene backyard in Deptford, Frank Seder Jr. meticulously shaved a fine layer along a curve of a wooden crook. A chisel in the wrong direction, the artist noted, could cause an unsightly crack in the majestic, exotic purple wood from South America.

  • Minneapolis mayor headed to Vatican, to meet Pope Francis 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 2:15 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is part of a select group of U.S. city leaders headed to the Vatican for a conference next week, where they'll meet Pope Francis.

  • Philadelphia mayor helps restrain, calm erratic homeless man 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 12:04 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor helped restrain and calm an erratic homeless man who wrestled with a member of his security detail near City Hall.

  • American gymnast shares secret: Argentine herbal tea 'mate' 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 4:45 pm

    TORONTO - American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games on Monday, and he's almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now contending for a medal.

  • NY Gov. Cuomo: beware fake tickets to see Pope Francis 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 4:36 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a potential scam involving fake tickets to see Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to New York City.

  • Pope says he wasn't offended by 'Communist crucifix' story has photos
    Updated: Jul-13-15 11:05 am

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says he wasn't offended by the "Communist crucifix" given to him by Bolivian President Evo Morales during his South American pilgrimage.

  • Pope acknowledges US critics, and downplays US-Cuba role story has photos
    Updated: Jul-13-15 10:11 am

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis is acknowledging criticism in the United States of his anti-capitalist stance and is calling for dialogue before his high-profile trip in September. He's also downplaying his role in the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.

  • Francis burnishes credentials on South America tour story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-13-15 12:05 am

    ASUNCION, Paraguay - On his weeklong swing through South America, Pope Francis burnished his credentials as a new kind of pontiff, issuing a searing apology to indigenous people for church crimes more than a half millennium old and even making a pit stop at a Burger King to change clothes and freshen up before celebrating Mass.