Jun 24, 2016

Pope heads to Armenia, world's first Christian country

Pope Francis embarks on a three-day visit to Armenia Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its ...

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Jun 17, 2016

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Pope Francis has said the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments ...

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Jun 4, 2016

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Pope Francis has established legal procedures to remove bishops who botch handling sex abuse cases, saying they can be kicked out of office if the Vatican finds they were negligent in doing their jobs. In a law published Saturday, Francis answered a long-running demand ...

Prince Akishino, wife meet pope at the Vatican

May 13, 2016

Prince Akishino, wife meet pope at the Vatican

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, the Imperial Household Agency said. It was the first audience with the pope by any members of the Imperial family since 1993, ...