While still predominately Catholic, Ireland has voted to legalize abortion.
The publicity stunt promises "an express lane to eternal salvation for Ireland’s lapsed Catholics."
The pope issued a letter to Catholics in response to the Pennsylvania grand jury report that implicated hundreds of clergy members in the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children.
Pope Francis initially called the allegations against Bishop Barros "slander."
But the Vatican warned against the over-commercialization of sport and a "winning at all costs" mentality.
If true, this represents another step forward for LGBT acceptance within the Catholic Church.
The 23-month-old boy has a rare degenerative brain disease doctors were unable to diagnose definitively.
"If this man was able to create children like this, it’s true that he is a good man," the pope said of a crying boy who asked if his dad, who was an atheist, was in heaven.
Pope Francis warned "the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze" in an attack on fake Internet news.
Call it fake news, or maybe just wishful thinking.
For those who do not seek God’s forgiveness, Pope Francis says, “There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
Rights advocates fear the First Amendment Defense Act will be used to discriminate against same-sex couples, single parents and unmarried couples.
The Vatican gave unprecedented access to the award-winning director.
May McAleese said: “We don’t want to be what the Pope describes as ‘the strawberry on the cake.'"
Romero developed enemies in El Salvador's right-wing government for his outspoken opposition to violence and widespread popularity. He was shot dead by a sniper in 1980.
The pope said that without proof, claims against Bishop Juan Barros were slanderous.
The pontiff was singled out by vandals who firebombed churches in the capital Santiago.