The soccer star was an admirer of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, frequently criticizing the United States, including one notable incident in 2007 on Chavez's TV show.
The 72-year-old was one of 13 men who will be elevated to the cardinal's rank, People Francis said in a surprise announcement.
Graham, a prominent evangelical leader, criticized the pope's comments about legal recognition of LGBTQ partnerships in a lengthy Facebook post.
Civil unions should "not be restricted to two people of the same sex in a presumed sexual relationship," San Francisco's archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said.
Pope Francis says there should be a civil union law for same-sex couples, according to a new documentary.
The comments appear in a book of conversations the pontiff had with gastronomist Carlo Petrini about the future of the planet.
Conservative anti-gay Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claims that Pope Francis is involved in a conspiracy seeking the "legitimization of homosexuality" in service to the "new world order."
The Ventura City Council cast a 6-0 vote during its meeting Wednesday night to remove a statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its city hall and relocate it to the Mission San Buenaventura.
"Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic?"
"The same thing that happened to Peter in prison: now as then, so many closed doors would be opened, so many chains that bind would be broken."
Statues of Father Junipero Serra have been repeatedly targeted since he was made a saint by Pope Francis in 2015.
An ad published in The Tennessean warned "Islam" is going to set off a nuclear bomb in Nashville on July 18.
Pope Francis spoke out against the "sin of racism" during his general address to Catholics around the world on June 3.
Religious institutions across the globe were closed to the public on Sunday, in accordance with widespread social distancing regulations implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.
Scientists, religious leaders and entrepreneurs are calling to "flatten the curve" of climate change's negative effects, as the COVID-19 lockdown has seen air quality skyrocket and industrial pollution decline.
Pope Francis' former treasurer who was acquitted of child sexual abuse on Monday was also the subject of an extemporaneous homily given on Thursday.
The head of the Catholic Church said people should use difficult times to make kind gestures to their loved ones.
Earlier this month, the head of the Catholic church tested negative for coronavirus and he made the plea to his clergy during a livestreamed mass from within the Vatican.
What is impressive about the range of activity of the week (in both geography and substance) is how strong Vice President Pence's messages have been.
A book co-written by the retired pontiff says it is not possible to be married and be a priest "simultaneously."
Calling the woman's actions "so violent," 'The Five' co-host Emily Compagno declared that the person who grasped the hand of Pope Francis deserved to be "choked out" by his security guards. "He's not Jesus."
The pontiff was greeting the faithful in the Vatican when a woman made a grab for his hand.
The leader of the Catholic Church spoke about the unconditional love of God and "the greater light of Christ" in his annual Christmas blessing and sermon at St. Peter's Basilica this week.
The Trump White House is practically a zoo this week. Today there will be the traditional turkey pardon; yesterday the president welcomed Conan the special ops dog (named for comedian Conan O'Brien).
"It is not just about migrants; it is also about the face we want to give to our societies," Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis compared the persecution and hatred of homosexuals to Nazism. "That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again."
Two nuns from two different orders in Sicily returned from a mission in Africa pregnant. The Catholic Church has responded with an investigation.
Gianluigi Nuzzi's new book, Universal Judgment, asserts that the Vatican will default by 2023. The Vatican has denied these claims, despite recent financial scandals.
As arguments about clerical celibacy and women's role in the church drag on, activists took out their anger on two statues of Pachamama, an indigenous symbol of life and fertility depicted as a nude pregnant woman.