The Papacy

 

Pope calls for release of priest, bishops abducted in Syria

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Pope Francis' approval rating dips in U.S. ahead of September visit - poll

BOSTON - Pope Francis' approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.

World, 22 Jul 2015

Vatican had more than a billion euros off books before financial clean-up

VATICAN CITY - Vatican departments had more than a billion euros that were not declared on an overall balance sheet before new accounting standards kicked in last year, a financial statement showed on Thursday.

World, 16 Jul 2015

Pope offers rare 'mea culpa' about neglect of middle class

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism. | Video

World, 13 Jul 2015

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to 'make a mess'

ASUNCION - Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess". | Video

World, 13 Jul 2015

Pope ends South America trip urging youths to 'make a mess'

ASUNCION - Pope Francis, drawing to a close his three-country tour of South America, on Sunday urged tens of thousands of youths in Paraguay to look after their less fortunate peers and fight for a dignified life filled with hope and strength.

World, 13 Jul 2015

Pope rails against unbridled capitalism, 'idolatry of money'

ASUNCION - Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Saturday to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that "sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit."

World, 12 Jul 2015

Pope lauds Paraguay's 'most glorious women of America'

CAACUPE, Paraguay - Pope Francis praised Paraguay's women for rebuilding their nation from the ashes of war in the nineteenth century in a mass at the country's most sacred religious site on Saturday.

World, 11 Jul 2015

Former Vatican ambassador hospitalized ahead of child abuse trial

VATICAN CITY - A former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic fell ill and was taken to hospital ahead of the opening of his trial on Saturday for alleged child sex offences, a Vatican official said.

World, 11 Jul 2015

Pope urges Paraguay to consolidate democracy, end drug trade, graft

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Pope Francis urged Paraguay to consolidate democracy and end corruption and drug trafficking, after receiving a colourful welcome on Friday at the start of the last leg of his eight-day South American tour. | Video

World, 11 Jul 2015

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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