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Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The second and final leg of his weeklong South American trip includes stops in Puerto Maldonado, where he will be welcomed by indigenous people, from Peru as well as neighboring Brazil and Bolivia

WAITING. A street vendor offers posters of Pope Francis at the main plaza in the Amazonian town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on January 18, 2018. Photo byCris Bouroncle/AFP

Pope lands in Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Pope Francis is spending 3 days in mainly-Muslim Bangladesh, which is also grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism that has seen Catholics attacked for their faith

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis arrives at the airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on November 30, 2017. Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Holy smoke! Pope Francis bans selling of cigarettes in Vatican

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:24 PM

'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement

NO SMOKING. Pope Francis blesses a faithful during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis admits to snoozing while praying

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

The head of the Roman Catholic Church confesses he sometimes falls asleep while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye

SNOOZE. Pope Francis ooks at a child as he attends a meeting with members of the Scholas Occurrentes initiative, in Palazzo San Calisto in Rome on October 26, 2017.  Photo by Andrew Medichini/AFP

Pope Francis casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

May 14, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A million pilgrims visit Medjugorje Bosnia each year where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to 6 young villagers on June 24 1981

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of Virgin Mary on June 25, 2011 near the Medjugorje church in the southern Bosnian village of Medjugorje. Almost one million people visit Medjugorje each year, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to six young villagers for the first time on June 24, 1981. For 30 years, the alleged phenomenon was ignored by Roman Catholic authorities until 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI issued an order to form an investigation team to search for the truth in case of Medjugorje sightings. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC

Pope Francis 'won't judge' Trump before hearing him out

May 14, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The pontiff says he has never judged anyone without listening to them first

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 22, 2017

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

TOAST TO FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-chan hold a toast for the decades-long friendship between the two countries following the signing ceremony at the Thai Koo Fah Building in Bangkok, Thailand on March 21, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

Pope calls for quick pact to end DR Congo violence

Feb 19, 2017 - 10:20 PM

I strongly feel the pain of the victims especially the many children ripped from their families and from schools to be used as soldiers says the pontiff

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayer on February 19, 2017 in Vatican City. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Pope urges prayers for unborn children under threat

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Every life is sacred Let us promote a culture of life as a response to the logic of throwing away and in the face of demographic decline says Pope Francis

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on February 5, 2017 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

Pope tells women to feel free to breastfeed in church

Jan 08, 2017 - 10:05 PM

You mothers go ahead and breastfeed without fear Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus says Pope Francis

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis celebrating baptisms on January 8, 2017 at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican. Pope Francis encouraged women to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church. "The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry. That's the way it is," the pontiff said. "You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus," he told worshippers attending an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus.  / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Pope shuts Holy Door after jubilee of hope for sinners

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Even if the Holy Door closes the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us says Pope Francis

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at St Peter's basilica to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

Pope holds special Vatican Mass for 1,000 prisoners

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Certainly breaking the law involves paying the price and losing one s freedom is the worst part of serving time All the same hope must not falter says Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers.  The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the "Holy Door" at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

Selfies and prayers as Pope lifts Italy quake survivors

Oct 05, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Pope Francis makes a surprise visit to communities hit hard by a powerful earthquake telling them We go forward there is always a future

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on October 4, 2016 shows Pope Francis during a visit in Amatrice, Italy.  Pope Francis on October 4, 2016 made a surprise visit to Amatrice, the small Italian mountain town that bore the brunt of the August 24 earthquake that killed nearly 300 people. The Argentinian pontiff's first point of call was a set of colourful pre-fabricated buildings serving as a makeshift school. Amatrice's school was destroyed in the quake despite having been expensively renovated to make it quake resistant a few years ago.  / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / -

Pope urges 'stable peace' on visit to Azerbaijan

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED There is no alternative to patiently and assiduously searching for shared solutions by means of committed and sustained negotiations says Pope Francis

In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office Pope Francis disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at the International Airport of Baku on October 2, 2016. Pope Francis continues his tour of the Caucasus with a visit to Azerbaijan where he will meet President Ilham Aliyev, just days after the authoritarian leader won a referendum on constitutional changes seen as consolidating his grip on power. / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Pope extends stamp on Church with new ministry for human development

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is part of Pope Francis efforts to focus on the most vulnerable sectors

Pope Francis salutes during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square on August 31, 2016 at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Pope mulls Italy quake visit as survivors dig in

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:35 PM

3rd UPDATE With hopes of finding anyone else still alive fading fast rescue workers and survivors are turning their attention to the future as temperatures start to fall

epa05512759 A church destroyed by the devastating 24 August earthquake near the Lazio mountain village of Amatrice, central Italy, 28 August 2016. The Civil Protection Department said on 28 August 2016 that the latest provisional death toll from the earthquake in central Italy is 290. EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

Pope meets parents of US student killed in Rome

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The pontiff expresses his compassion and spiritual closeness through prayer in a meeting with the parents of 19 year old Beau Solomon who was found dead

epa05410212 A handout picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on 06 July 2016 shows Pope Francis meeting with the parents of Beau Solomon at the Vatican City, 06 July 2016. Beau, a 19-year-old American student was found dead in the River Tiber in Rome on 04 July. EPA/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian archbishop after abuse scandal

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Aldo Di Cillo Pagotto steps down after being accused of welcoming into his diocese priests and seminarians expelled by other bishops over alleged pedophilia

epa05405237 Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus Prayers in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 03 July 2016. EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Pope Francis condemns 'senseless hatred' of US gay club massacre

Jun 13, 2016 - 2:30 AM

We all hope that ways may be found as soon as possible to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence says a statement from the Holy See

epa05359339 A bouquet of flowers is seen in front of the Orlando Health Center where some of the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, are being cured in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and many others injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in the early hours of 12 June, according to media reports. The shooter was killed in the police operation that followed. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

Pope appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labor

Jun 12, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Millions of children are deprived of some of their fundamental rights and find themselves exposed to grave dangers says Pope Francis

epa05070362 A photo dated 10 December 2015 shows Indian boy Raju Rajbanshi working in a brick making field in Hajipur, Bihar state, India. Parents from underprivileged society send their child for engaging in a job as a distressed measure due to poor economic conditions. According to the 2011 national census, a total of 4.4 million children in the age group of 5 to 14 years are working, however experts believe that the figures are much higher. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Swedish nurse who saved Jews is made a saint

Jun 05, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Pope Francis canonizes Swedish nurse Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad as well as Polish priest Jan Papczynski

epa05346738 A general view of Pope Francis celebrating a mass with the rite of canonization for the Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus Mary Papczynski and Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad as two new saints, at St. Peter Square, Vatican, 05 June 2016. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Pope scolds clergy over their part-time availability

May 29, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Pope Francis says priests and deacons should respond to those who need them even at odd hours

epa05335314 Pope Francis (R) leads the Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican, 29 May 2016. EPA/GIORGIO ONORATI

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

May 13, 2016 - 1:10 AM

In off the cuff remarks the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons

epa05299799 Pope Francis (L) blesses faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 11 May 2016. EPA/GIORGIO ONORATI

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

May 07, 2016 - 2:20 AM

I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being says the pontiff

Pope Francis gives a speech during the award ceremony of Germany's famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANGELO CARCONI

'There was such suffering': Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:06 AM

There were so many children Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying drowned at sea says the pontiff

Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016.  Pope Francis received an emotional welcome today on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit aimed at showing solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty. Pope Francis, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Jerome visit Lesbos today to turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Little Lizzy gets wish to see Pope before going blind

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:50 PM

American girl Lizzy Myers who has Usher Syndrome Type II meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis talks with five-year-old Lizzy Myers (R) from the United States who suffers from a rare genetic disease which will take away her hearing and gradually make her blind, at the end of the Pope's weekly general audience at Vatican on April 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI

Pope organizes European fundraising campaign for Ukraine

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:50 PM

The pontiff calls for generous contributions at all Catholic churches in Europe on April 24

epa05241718 Pope Francis (R) celebrates a mass for the Feast of Divine Mercy in Saint Peter's square at Vatican City, 03 April 2016. EPA/GIORGIO ONORATI

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Mar 23, 2016 - 1:45 AM

Pope Francis will perform the ritual in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto to bring attention to the plight of refugees

epa05220417 Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the ordination of Monsignor Peter Brian Wells and Monsignor Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 19 March 2016. EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

Pope Francis: 'Spare no effort' to resolve Syrian crisis

Feb 08, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The pontiff urges the international community to ensure successful peace talks

epa05147766 Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 07 February 2016. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

Pope to gossiping priests, nuns: 'Bite your tongue'

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Pope Francis also reminds the clergy not to break their religious vows of chastity poverty and obedience

epa05138558 A handout picture released by Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis during an audience with nuns and priests for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, 01 February 2016. EPA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Sep 01, 2015 - 9:32 PM

The Argentine pontiff says he was well aware of the pressure that some women are under to abort

File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis to send envoy to Cebu in 2016

Jul 14, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Filipino bishops won t insist on inviting Pope Francis because they want to give other countries a chance to see the pontiff

IN SPIRIT. Pope Francis prays at the Shrine of the Virgin of Caacupe during a Mass in Caacupe, Paraguay, on July 11, 2015. Through a representative, he will be in the Philippines in spirit in January 2016. Photo by Ciro Fusco/EPA

Trust in Pope rises across PH religions, except INC

Apr 09, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Pope Francis breaks the record of the late John Paul II as the most popular pontiff in the Philippines a Social Weather Stations survey shows

Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Pope Francis will spend an emotional day in the Philippines on January 17 with survivors of a catastrophic super typhoon that claimed thousands of lives, highlighting his concern over climate change. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

PH students to Pope Francis: Make ‘surprise’ visits to poor

Jan 06, 2015 - 10:43 AM

The Filipino youth is deeply inspired by the words and deeds of Pope Francis Yet we fear that the government will not let his holiness truly witness the dire situation of the vast majority of Filipinos living in poverty

Pope takes pilgrimage to Bethlehem

May 25, 2014 - 2:10 PM

Pope Francis begins his two day tour of the Palestinian territories and Israel

Francis on the cover: Pope of Rolling Stone, too

Jan 29, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Landing on the cover of Rolling Stone the Pope is slowly achieving his mission making the Church come out of herself and reach out to everyone

'Yes, I was going to meet the Pope!'

Jul 20, 2013 - 8:15 AM

Leandro Martins a biker from Brazil requests to meet Pope Francis Here s how he got his wish

‘POPE PLAN.’ Leandro Martins, who is on a world bike tour, gets his wish to meet Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Leandro Martins

Argentine dictatorship hounds Pope Francis

Mar 18, 2013 - 10:40 PM

World leaders hail the election of Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy But it also raises questions about the new Pope s role in Argentina s Dirty War

'Hello? This is Pope Francis'

Mar 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Shunning VIP treatment Pope Francis shocks a porter who took his personal phone call

Pope shows simplicity in unscripted homily

Mar 15, 2013 - 3:16 AM

In an unscripted 7 minute homily Pope Francis uses metaphors like a pitiful NGO and children building sandcastles

Is Tagle the ideal pope? Listen to homily

Mar 12, 2013 - 2:18 PM

It is the final sign of what the cardinals may be thinking before they head off to vote

Vatican to call Benedict 'pontiff emeritus'

Feb 26, 2013 - 8:05 PM

2nd UPDATE Benedict XVI can be addressed as Your Holiness can continue wearing his white papal cassock

The portrait of Pope Benedict XVI (L) is displayed next to Pope John Paul II's on a wall of the St Paul Outside the Walls’ basilica on February 13, 2013 in Rome. The portraits of each pope are displayed in a frieze extending above the columns separating the four aisles and naves. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI