Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

May 11, 2015

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente — and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. “Bienvenido (welcome)!” ...

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

May 4, 2015

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome’s seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, had grown old and was ailing. “Pray for me, too, eh,” Francis told the parishioners in a private meeting that was ...

Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Apr 23, 2015

Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the U.S., the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island, which is home to many Roman ...

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Apr 12, 2015

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians, calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a politically explosive pronouncement that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in ...