More Pope Francis Articles

  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina. Francis listened as priests expressed condolences in several...

  • Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two...

  • Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely. The pope told reporters the church "only asks to have freedom to do its work. No other conditions." "The Holy See is open...

  • The people who 'explain the news' look like they don't actually read the news

    It would take hours to list Vox's numerous mistakes and errors, so we won't even try. But it's sometimes worth noting the really silly nonsense as it occurs, to point out when America's self-proclaimed “explainers of the news" are flat-out wrong.

  • Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans —from the North and the South — to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. Before...

  • AP Analysis: Pope gets crash course on Korea issue

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The heads of AP's Rome and Seoul bureaus look at the achievements and lessons of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: ___ THE VIEW FROM THE PAPAL PLANE In a whirlwind five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs, kissed almost as many babies and...

  • Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take away the identity of others. Francis outlined his...

  • Pope runs late, asks to skip prayers _ or else!

    KKOTTOGNAE, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has long been a stickler for setting aside enough time to pray, getting up at 4:30 a.m. to ensure he isn't rushed through his daily meditations. But he sheepishly asked to skip evening vespers on Saturday after he ran behind schedule during a busy day...

  • Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion...

  • Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today. The...

  • S. Koreans express pride, surprise at pope visit

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — They came from across South Korea to see Pope Francis or, if the crowds were too big to get close enough, to hear his voice emanate from speakers set up around a stage during a Mass to beatify 124 martyrs. The massive crowd — an estimated 800,000 — packed a long, broad...

  • Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas

    TOKYO (AP) — Yes, North Korea has Catholics. It even has a Catholic church. But while Pope Francis is being welcomed by millions of South Korean Catholics, Christianity has been largely quashed north of the border and, as a string of recent arrests suggest, would-be missionaries there face...

  • Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of the region's powerhouses where financial gain...

  • Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    BEIJING (AP) — Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority. However, any goodwill generated was...

  • Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars. After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a...



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