The Papacy

 

Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial before canonisation

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KRAKOW, Poland - Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland on Wednesday, days before he is to be made a saint.

Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives.

World, 19 Apr 2014

Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering

ROME - The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.

World, 18 Apr 2014

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, starting four packed days culminating in Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and later washed the feet of 12 disabled people at a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

VATICAN CITY - A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes.

World, 13 Apr 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis. | Video

World, 11 Apr 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of priestly child abuse

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis.

World, 11 Apr 2014

Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said 'enough' to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.

World, 10 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, 09 Apr 2014

Pope expresses 'profound pain' at killing of priest in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit priest in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

World, Syria, Middle East, 09 Apr 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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