Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Dec 25, 2014

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis told refugees at the tent camp in Ankawa, a suburb of Irbil in ...

Pope issues blistering critique of 'hypocritical' Vatican bureaucrats

Dec 23, 2014

Pope issues blistering critique of 'hypocritical' Vatican bureaucrats

To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.” Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power ...

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Dec 22, 2014

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis ...

Dec 18, 2014

British pedophile victim picked for Vatican abuse watchdog

Pope Francis has appointed eight new members from five continents to the Vatican’s child protection body, including a British victim of pedophile priests, the Holy See said Wednesday. The commission of experts, which is tasked with advising Francis on how to deal with a ...

Dec 18, 2014

Historic phone call sealed Cuba deal spurred by pope Francis

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed their landmark deal Tuesday in an almost hour-long phone call, capping 18 months of secret diplomacy spurred on by a personal appeal from Pope Francis to end Cuba’s isolation. It was the first time leaders ...

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Dec 18, 2014

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kg (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. ...

Nov 17, 2014

Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

Pope Francis is coming to the United States. Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family. Francis’ announcement, at ...