Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Jul 8, 2014

Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have ...

Jul 1, 2014

'Comfort women' to attend Mass with pope in South Korea

Korean women forced to work at Japanese military brothels during World War II have been invited to a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Aug. 18 during his planned visit to South Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an announcement by the preparatory ...

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 wraps up Middle East trip with Jerusalem visit

May 26, 2014

Pope wraps up Middle East trip with Jerusalem visit

Pope Francis completes a tour of the Holy Land on Monday, paying homage to Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust and looking to affirm Christian rights at a disputed place of worship in Jerusalem. After visits to Jordan and the Palestinian Territories — including ...

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 ...

Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

May 11, 2014

Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

Pope Paul VI, who did much to modernize the Roman Catholic Church but pronounced a ban on artificial contraception that was widely defied by the faithful, has moved a step closer to sainthood with Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a miracle. The date for ...

Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints

Apr 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints

Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century. Cheers and applause rang out across St. Peter’s ...

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 ...