Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Feb 17, 2015

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Pope Francis expressed deep sadness at the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of the denomination they follow. Addressing members of the Church of Scotland, ...

Feb 15, 2015

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: pope

Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders: one French, one Italian and two Palestinians. The canonization will take place on May 17, the pope announced ...

Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

Feb 8, 2015

Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

California’s history can’t be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot (8-meter) statue of the priest looms over ...

Feb 6, 2015

Pope Francis to give landmark speech before Congress in September

Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, a first for the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics. While it was known that Francis had been invited to address American lawmakers, Boehner’s announcement was ...

Feb 6, 2015

I'm a technology disaster, pope confesses

Pope Francis, who has called the Internet a “gift from God,” confessed via webcam to an inquisitive girl on Thursday that he is a disaster with technology and does not know how to use a computer. Alicia, from Spain, who took part in a ...

Feb 1, 2015

Vatican found two in-house cases of child pornography in 2014

The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide paedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday. Gian Piero Milano, whose official title ...

Jan 26, 2015

Vatican culinary tastes revealed in Swiss Guard cookbook

If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. “Buon Appetito” features recipes on ...

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Jan 20, 2015

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Conservative distrust of Pope Francis that has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal ...