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Pope Holds His First Ever Virtual General Audience with Italy on Lockdown
Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy's coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of Syrian refugees.
Pope Francis: Give Up Trolling for Lent
The pope made his appeal to tone things down while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square
Ex-Pope Benedict Wants Name Removed from New Book
Benedict wants his name removed as co-author of a new book on the issue of priestly celibacy.
Pope Abolishes 'Pontifical Secrecy' for Sex Abuse Investigations
Pope Francis on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic Church deals with cases of sexual abuse of minors, abolishing the rule of "pontifical secrecy" that previously covered them.
After Delivering Anti-Nuclear Message, Pope Urges Youth to Fight for the Earth
Pope Francis wrapped up a four-day trip to Japan on Tuesday by turning from the anti-nuclear message that was the backbone of his visit to other key campaigns of his, urging students to defend the earth and show greater compassion.
In Historic Shift, Vatican to Consider Married Priests for Amazon Region
The document also issues a strong defense for the protection of the environment in the Amazon, deforestation, illegal mining, and development projects that threaten native cultures and the delicate ecosystem vital for the planet.
Pope Denies Prior Knowledge of Expelled Cardinal's Sexual Misconduct
Theodore McCarrick, once one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, was expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood in February after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.
Pope Declares War on Sexual Abuse But Victims Feel Betrayed
Pope Francis ended his conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy on Sunday by calling for an "all-out battle" against a crime that should be "erased from the face of the earth." But victims and their advocates expressed deep disappointment, saying Francis had merely repeated old promises and offered few new concrete proposals.
Pope Opens Child Sex Abuse Conference, Promising 'Concrete' Remedies
Pope Francis promised that concrete actions against child sexual abuse by priests would result from a conference he opened on Thursday, countering scepticism among survivors who said the meeting looked like a public relations exercise.
Pope Francis in UAE: 'Let Us Commit Ourselves Against the Logic of Armed Power'
Pope Francis denounced the "logic of armed power" in Yemen, Syria, and other Middle East wars on Monday on a landmark visit to the Arabian peninsula where Islam emerged, telling Christians and Muslims that conflicts brought nothing but misery and death.
Pope Seeks 'New Page in History' on First Trip to Arabian Peninsula
Pope Francis is hoping to persuade a country enmeshed in a regional war that he has condemned to give Catholics more freedom when he becomes the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula.
Pope Francis Urges Youth to Work Against 'Fear and Exclusion, Speculation and Manipulation'
Pope Francis said an open-air Mass before a huge crowd on Sunday to wrap up a jamboree of Catholic youth, the last big event before he returns to Rome to prepare for a historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula in one week.
Pope Francis: Fear of Migrants Makes People Crazy
Pope Francis wasted no time wading in on the standoff over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall on Wednesday as he started his trip to Panama, saying on the plane from Rome that hostility to immigrants was driven by irrational fear.
Pope Francis Warns of Resurgent Nationalism, Urges Help for Migrants
Pope Francis warned on Monday against a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements and criticized countries that try to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or isolationist actions.
Slain Salvadoran Bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI Become Saints
Both Romero, who was shot by a right-wing death squad while saying Mass in 1980, and Paul, who guided the Church through the conclusion of the modernizing 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, were contested figures within and without the Church.
Pope Accepts Resignation of Washington Archbishop Cardinal Wuerl
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Friday, making him one of the most senior Catholic figures to step down in a worldwide sexual abuse crisis.
Pope Opens Gathering of Bishops Amid Swirling State of Crisis
Pope Francis opened a gathering of bishops on Wednesday with the Catholic Church in a swirling state of crisis over sex abuse, urging its leaders not to let the next generation's faith be snuffed out "by our own shortcomings, mistakes, and sins."
Pope Warns Nations Against Defining Power as Military Strength
Pope Francis said on Tuesday as he wound up a trip to the Baltic states, all nervous about what they see as a newly aggressive Russia next door, that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others. "Some people speak in a loud voice, full of self-assurance – with no doubts or hesitation. Others shout and hurl threats about using weapons, deploying troops and implementing strategies...That way they appear to be stronger," he said in a homily of a Mass in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
How Conservative Media Factor into the Allegations Against Pope Francis
The full extent of journalists' involvement in the statement — from conception and editing to translation and publication — emerges from a series of Reuters interviews that reveal a union of conservative clergy and media aimed at what papal defenders say is a campaign to weaken the reformist Francis's pontificate.
U.S. Cardinal Steps Down Amid Widening Sex Abuse Scandal
The allegations against McCarrick, which first surfaced publicly last month, came with Francis facing an image crisis on a second front, in Chile, where a growing abuse scandal has enveloped the Church.