- Pope briefs priests: don't be smug, don't judge sinners Updated: Feb-09-16 12:56 pm
VATICAN CITY - A specially-recruited group of priests have last-minute instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.
- Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster Updated: Feb-08-16 10:18 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission stressed Monday that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.
- Pope pleas for help for Syrians fleeing war so they survive Updated: Feb-07-16 6:53 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has made a public plea for help for Syrians fleeing civil war so that their survival and dignity are assured.
- Pope to OK use of indigenous languages for Mass in Mexico Updated: Feb-05-16 3:06 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country.
- Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.
- Pope denounces Mexican corruption, violence on eve of visit Updated: Feb-03-16 9:10 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is denouncing corruption, violence and drug-trafficking in Mexico, telling Mexicans that he will use his upcoming visit to pray with them for "the gift of peace."
- Vatican disputes pope film claim, says pontiff not an actor Updated: Feb-02-16 2:09 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio's claim that the pope is making his movie debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the pope isn't an actor.
- Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties Updated: Feb-02-16 12:51 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue.
- DiCaprio greets pope in Italian, discusses environment Updated: Jan-28-16 2:49 pm
VATICAN CITY - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works.
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- Vatican: Iran must join fight against terrorism Updated: Jan-26-16 3:22 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis held talks with Iran's president at the Vatican Tuesday, calling on Tehran to play a key role in stopping the spread of terrorism as Iran tries to improve its image in the global arena following an agreement on its nuclear program.
- Iranian leader gives pope rug, wants Francis to pray for him Updated: Jan-26-16 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY - Iran's president and Pope Francis have exchanged gifts and wishes for hope and prayers after they met privately at the Vatican.
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- Pope to visit Sweden, apologizes for Catholic wrongs Updated: Jan-25-16 3:51 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians and by announcing he will visit Sweden to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
- Pope to politicians: Watch what you say, how you say it Updated: Jan-22-16 7:12 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is asking politicians and even his own pastors to watch what they say and how they say it.
- Pope changes church rules, opens foot-washing rite to women Updated: Jan-21-16 3:24 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has changed church regulations to explicitly allow women and girls to participate in the Easter Week foot-washing ritual, after having shocked many Catholics by performing the rite on women and Muslims just weeks after he was elected.
- Homeless woman gives birth near Vatican, receives aid offer Updated: Jan-20-16 10:01 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has offered a place to stay to a homeless woman who gave birth on a piece of cardboard near St. Peter's Square early Wednesday. She's thinking about it.
- Pope formally invited to visit Rome's main mosque Updated: Jan-20-16 6:38 am
VATICAN CITY - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship.
- Cardinal: pope's following looming execution case in Texas Updated: Jan-18-16 1:31 pm
VATICAN CITY - Vienna's cardinal said on Monday that he is in touch with a man condemned to die in Texas this week, and that Pope Francis is following the case, too.
- Princess charms pope as Monaco royals make Vatican visit Updated: Jan-18-16 9:19 am
VATICAN CITY - Princess Charlene has charmed Pope Francis during a private call on the pontiff at the Vatican alongside her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco.
- Pope to migrants at the Vatican: Hang on to hope, joy Updated: Jan-17-16 7:47 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has greeted several thousand migrants, including many asylum-seekers, in St. Peter's Square, encouraging them to hang on to hope.
- Pope prays for victims of attacks in Burkina Faso, Indonesia Updated: Jan-17-16 6:51 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is praying for the victims of attacks by extremists in Burkina Faso and Indonesia.
- Benigni on Pope Francis: A fountain, waterfall of mercy Updated: Jan-12-16 1:53 pm
VATICAN CITY - Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni gave Pope Francis two thumbs up Tuesday, delivering one of his rapid-fire monologues and praising the pope as a fountain of mercy who is "dragging the whole church toward Christianity."
- Pope: Europe must find balance between security and refugees Updated: Jan-11-16 12:19 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis insisted Monday that Europe has the means to welcome refugees without compromising its security or culture, saying the continent bears the "moral responsibility" to care for others who have fled their homes to seek a better life.
- Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope Updated: Jan-10-16 1:23 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don't.