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Two Numbers: The Italian Job? No Longer
The changing face of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals.
Pope Francis to Visit NYC, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia This Fall
This is Francis’s first visit to the United States since he was elected head of the Roman Catholic church in 2013.
Photos: Pope Francis Gets Celebrity Welcome in Asia
The pope took an unexpected detour to spend time with homeless, poor and mentally ill children.
After Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Pope Francis Says ‘You Cannot Make Fun of the Faith of Others’
Expect offense if you mock something sacred, the pope said.
‘I Am Marxist’ Says Dalai Lama
The spiritual leader made the announcement during a speech at a university in India.
Pope Francis' First 2015 Mass: End Human Trafficking
"All of us are called (by God) to be free," he said.
Pope Condemns Violence, Persecution in Iraq and Syria, in Christmas Message
“Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,” Pope Francis said in his annual address.
Hail Mary in Havana: Pope Francis’s Divine Diplomacy
The pope’s Hail Mary in Havana may be only the start of the Vatican’s new, more audacious plans.
Pope Francis Blasts Fellow Churchmen at Christmas Greeting
The Pope listed 15 “diseases” afflicting the highest-ranking members of the Catholic church.
Reports: Vatican, Pope Francis Instrumental in Cuba Talks
Meetings in Canada and at the Vatican facilitated talks which led to a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, according to multiple reports.
Pope Francis Doesn't Rule Out Pets in Heaven
The Pope threw dogs a bone today at the Vatican, proving that every dog has his day, even when, doggone it, he's dead.
Pope Urges Solidarity to Stop Militants in Syria and Iraq
Fighting hunger and poverty, he said, were key to stopping terrorist violence in Iraq and Syria
Pope Francis Slams 'Elderly and Haggard' EU in Speech to Parliament
Francis described the continent as a "grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant" that risked "slowly losing its own soul"
With Synod Picks, U.S. Bishops Lean Conservative
The archbishops of Louisville, Galveston-Houston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles will attend the Vatican's 2015 synod on marriage and the family, U.S. bishops announced today.
Will American Bishops Follow Pope Francis’s Progressive Lead? We’re About to Find Out
American bishops vote in Baltimore this week on who will represent them at next year’s synod in Rome. Their choices will speak volumes.
Pope Francis’s Remarks on Evolution Are Not That Controversial Among Roman Catholics
God is not a "magician" with a "magic wand," says Pope Francis. "No duh," say Roman Catholics the world over.
I'm Not a Communist, Just Following the Gospel, Says Pope Francis
The pope called on a gathering of grassroots movements to "keep up the fight" for workers' rights, but distanced himself from left-wing ideology, saying he simply followed the gospel
The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis
Pope Francis was not always as unorthodox as now. In fact, for 50 years he was known as an autocratic hardliner, until a moment of crisis changed his world view
With Their First Pope, Jesuits Are Making a Comeback
Two hundred years after the Society of Jesus was restored to the Catholic church, one of its own sits in power
ISIS Threat Against Pope ‘Nothing Serious’, Says Vatican
Security has reportedly been stepped up in Rome after Italian newspapers reported that Pope Francis had become a target for ISIS
Pope Says He Considered Trip to Northern Iraq
Pope Francis said the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq
Pope Francis Says All Mafia Members Are Excommunicated
"This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We must say no to it."
Pope Francis Condemns Mafia Violence Against Children
Pope Francis visited a stronghold of one of Italy's most dangerous crime groups on Saturday
Pope Francis Speaks Out Against Legalization of Marijuana and Other Drugs
"The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs," Pope Francis told participants at a drug enforcement conference in Rome.
Pope Fires Entire Board of Vatican Financial Watchdog
It's the pope's latest move to break with an old guard associated with a murky past under his predecessor
Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas Will Pray for Peace Together at Vatican
The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will meet for a prayer meeting on June 8 at Pope Francis' invitation
Why Pope Francis’s Peace Plan Won't Pay Off
The invitation to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prayers in the Vatican is riven with political dangers
Pope Navigates Minefield of Symbols in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The pope on Sunday had unexpectedly intervened in flailing diplomatic efforts to end the generations-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Pope Blasts 'Immense Wastefulness' in Easter Address
The pope called on the international community to "boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue" in Syria