Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...

Sep 17, 2014

Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine on board. The car — which also contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of cannabis — belonged ...

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Aug 14, 2014

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul’s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour ...

Two convicted in 'Dirty War' death

Jul 5, 2014

Two convicted in 'Dirty War' death

Two former senior military officers were sentenced to life in prison Friday for one of the emblematic crimes of the country’s long dictatorship: the death of Roman Catholic Bishop Enrique Angelelli The court in the northern city of La Rioja imposed life sentences on ...

Jul 3, 2014

Exorcist group wins Vatican backing

Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal. The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican’s Congregation ...

Christians in Amazon pray to the 'Jewish saint'

Jun 23, 2014

Christians in Amazon pray to the 'Jewish saint'

Deep in the Amazon rain forest, right in the middle of the region’s biggest city, lies the final resting place of the “Jewish saint.” Rabbi Shalom Imanuel Muyal, who died of yellow fever in 1910, is still revered by Christians in Manaus as the ...

Pope blasts mobsters for their 'adoration of evil'

Jun 22, 2014

Pope blasts mobsters for their 'adoration of evil'

Pope Francis on Saturday issued the strongest attack on organized crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practicing “the adoration of evil” and saying mafiosi are excommunicated. It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication — ...

Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Jun 6, 2014

Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia at a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Vatican said in a statement. It said the talks made “particular reference to initiatives aimed at promoting peace and stability in the ...

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

May 13, 2014

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens, should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose ...