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  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and...

  • Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school....

  • Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal...

  • Vatican bank gets pope's blessing to keep going

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave his backing Monday to the scandal-tainted Vatican Bank to carry on provided it presses ahead with efforts to bring its banking practices up to international standards. To continue operating, the bank, which has been caught up in money-laundering probes...

  • Pope treats faithful to copies of the Gospels

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square have been treated to gifts from Pope Francis — pocket-sized copies of the Gospels which he hopes they'll keep handy and read daily. The scriptures were handed out by volunteers after the pope's traditional Sunday...

  • WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama meets Your Holiness

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday's presentation had an unusually loud element to it. A metal support holding up the top of President Barack Obama's gift — a chest of seeds from the White House garden — twice crashed onto...

  • AP PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents

    President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the start of the meeting, but they were all smiles by the end. Here's a gallery of photos of U.S....

  • Vatican: Obama talks included birth control

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the Catholic Church's objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama's visit. The Vatican says other areas of discussion during Obama's historic visit included abortion, immigration reform,...

  • US lobbies Vatican for pope visit in 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. officials urged Pope Francis to put Philadelphia on his 2015 travel agenda Tuesday, making a pilgrimage to Rome to lobby for his participation at a church meeting for families that has taken on new resonance with Francis' focus on family issues and divorce. The...

  • Sex abuse survivor to papal adviser: Marie Collins

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marie Collins is not your ordinary papal adviser. Sexually assaulted as a child by a hospital chaplain, Collins went onto become a leading Irish activist demanding justice for the victims of priestly abuse and a fierce critic of the Catholic Church's handling of the...

  • Cardinal Burke criticizes Obama's 'anti-life' and 'anti-family' policies ahead of Vatican visit

    Ahead of President Obama's visit to the Vatican, American Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized him for promoting "anti-life" and "anti-family" policies. "He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies," Burke said in an interview with...

  • Gun used against Pope John Paul II flown to Poland

    ROME (AP) — Alitalia Flight 488 landed in Krakow, Poland on Tuesday with some very special cargo on board: the gun used to shoot Pope John Paul II. Monsignor Dariusz Ras, the Polish priest who runs the John Paul II museum in the late pope's childhood home in Wadowice, transported the pistol...

  • John Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress

    House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, saying the head of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church "has inspired millions of Americans." The Ohio Republican said the pope's "pastoral manner and servant leadership"...



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