Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

Apr 12, 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

Pope Francis on Friday made his first public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s crisis over sexual abuse. The Argentine-born pontiff said the church, which last ...

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

Mar 27, 2014

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama’s administration remains deeply split ...

Mar 23, 2014

Vatican chooses victims, women for abuse panel

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission’s course and priorities. Half of the members are women, and one was assaulted by a ...

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Mar 22, 2014

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.” The pontiff on Friday delivered his most forceful denunciation yet of organized crime. The occasion was a prayer vigil ...

Pope forms ministry to guard Vatican finances, curb corruption

Feb 25, 2014

Pope forms ministry to guard Vatican finances, curb corruption

Pope Francis created a new finance ministry on Monday to oversee the Holy See’s economic affairs — a move the Vatican said was aimed at helping the poor and increasing transparency following a wave of scandals. The ministry will be headed up by Australian ...

Benedict resignation effects still felt

Feb 11, 2014

Benedict resignation effects still felt

It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunderclap on the Catholic world: A year ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear (and in a Latin not all could easily follow) ...

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

Feb 5, 2014

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized. The ...

Poof: Pope Francis superhero street art disappears

Jan 31, 2014

Poof: Pope Francis superhero street art disappears

Pope Francis’ status as a superhero has bit the dust. Rome police early Thursday scrubbed the wall near the Vatican where “SuperPope” had been displayed, showing Francis as Superman in flight and clutching his black satchel of values to spread to the world. Artist ...

Pope names 19 new cardinals, reflecting focus on the poor

Jan 12, 2014

Pope names 19 new cardinals, reflecting focus on the poor

Pope Francis on Sunday named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa and elsewhere, including Haiti and Burkino Faso, to reflect his attention to the poor. Francis made the announcement as he spoke from his studio window to a crowd ...