More Pope Francis Articles

  • At Easter vigil, Pope seeks to bring faith to 'ends of the Earth'

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone...

  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. With his head bowed and eyes often...

  • 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 poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young...

  • 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...

  • Pope Francis urges on Venezuelan crisis talks

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Venezuelans on both sides to put aside their political differences and demonstrate the necessary courage to reach an agreement that avoids more bloodshed after weeks of violent protests. Francis' written message was delivered by a Vatican envoy...

  • Pope meets ex-sex slaves, denounces trafficking

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity Thursday after meeting with four women who were trafficked and forced into prostitution. Francis attended a Vatican conference of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations,...

  • 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...

  • Queen gives honey to pope, who has gift for George

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II — bearing a basket of honey, whiskey and other goodies from the royal estates — paid a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday. The pontiff returned the courtesy with a gift for Prince George, Elizabeth's great-grandson. The Argentine-born...

  • Girl talks to pope on immigration, then dad freed

    LOS ANGELES — After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention. Mario Vargas was freed from a detention facility in Louisiana after he posted $5,000...

  • Zogby Report Card: Vladimir Putin is laughing at Obama's sanctions

    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama has few good options in his duel with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.S. sanctions are being scoffed at by Moscow. "The president visited the pope. Thus ends the positive portion of our report....

  • Soundbites of the week: What about Joe Biden?

    Not in my state "I don't believe that legalizing an illegal drug for purposes of governmental profit is something that we should be doing. I believe that this is a gateway drug into other more serious drugs. I think it sends a wrong message to our kids and I don't think it makes anybody a...

  • The gift from Pope Francis that might not comfort Obama in the Oval Office

    During President Obama's visit to the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave him a bound copy of his letter, Evangelii Gaudium, which was released in 2013. “I actually will probably read this in the Oval Office when I’m deeply frustrated,” Obama said after receiving the gift. “I’m...



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