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Pope Francis: 266th pope of the Catholic Church
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.

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Karen Pence adds campaigning for Trump to busy to-do list

karen pence adds campaigning for trump to busy to-do list
Alessandra Tarantino / AP Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen disembark from Air Force Two upon their arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence is scheduled to meet..
WorldNews - Published

Chinese FM meets Vatican counterpart

chinese fm meets vatican counterpart
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States Paul Gallagher here on Friday on the sidelines of the 56th Munich Security Conference...
WorldNews - Published

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Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Zelenskiy asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war [Video]Zelenskiy asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met Pope Francis on Saturday and asked the pontiff for help to win release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:50Published

Pope Francis Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Position [Video]Pope Francis Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Position

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State. The position is located in the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Catholic priest celibacy: Former Pope Benedict defends it in book [Video]Catholic priest celibacy: Former Pope Benedict defends it in book

Former Pope Benedict's new book supports celibacy for Catholic priests, in contradiction of Pope Francis' remarks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate [Video]Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate

Former Pope Benedict, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church in what appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Pope sorry for ‘losing patience’ with well-wisher who grabbed his hand [Video]Pope sorry for ‘losing patience’ with well-wisher who grabbed his hand

Pope Francis has apologised for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed him and yanked him towards her. In his new year wishes to the public in St Peter’s Square, Francis confessed to losing..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:37Published

In New Year message, pope decries violence against women [Video]In New Year message, pope decries violence against women

Pope Francis used his New Year message to decry violence against women. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:38Published

Watch: Pope Francis struggles free after woman grabs his hand outside Vatican [Video]Watch: Pope Francis struggles free after woman grabs his hand outside Vatican

Watch: Pope Francis struggles free after woman grabs his hand outside Vatican

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Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City [Video]Pope Francis Gets Pulled By Woman During Walk In Vatican City

Pope Francis walked through the square in Vatican City to go see the large Nativity scene set up. During his walk, a woman grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. According to Reuters, the Pope..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Pope Francis pulls himself free from woman's clutch [Video]Pope Francis pulls himself free from woman's clutch

A visibly indignant Pope Francis had to pull himself away from a woman in a crowd in St Peter's Square on Tuesday after she grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:29Published

Pope To Faithful: Put The Phones Away And Start Talking To Each Other [Video]Pope To Faithful: Put The Phones Away And Start Talking To Each Other

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to talk to each other at mealtimes instead of using their mobile phones. According to Reuters, the Holy Father cited Jesus, Mary and Joseph as an example for..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass [Video]Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass

Pope Francis assured the faithful on Christmas Eve that God loves everyone, “even the worst of us”, as he celebrated the joyous birth of Christ after a less-than-joyful year of scandals and..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

Pope asks Catholics to 'acknowledge sins' on Christmas [Video]Pope asks Catholics to 'acknowledge sins' on Christmas

Pope Francis during the Christmas Eve Mass held in St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday invited Catholics to "acknowledge" their "sins" as they prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

 

Bolsonaro attacks Pope Francis over pontiff's plea to protect the Amazon

bolsonaro attacks pope francis over pontiff's plea to protect the amazon
Pope urged Catholics to ‘feel outrage’ over Amazon destruction Bolsonaro: ‘What is Greenpeace? Nothing but rubbish’ Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out at Pope Francis..
WorldNews - Published

Upholding celibacy, Pope sidesteps bid to ordain some married men

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.
Reuters - Published

Pope decides against ordaining married priests in the Amazon

Pope Francis declined Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •WorldNewsReutersBBC News

Pope Francis set to decide on special exception to priestly celibacy rule

pope francis set to decide on special exception to priestly celibacy rule
Rome - Pope Francis is expected to decide on Wednesday whether to make a limited exception to the celibacy rule for priests, one of the most controversial issues in the Catholic Church today. In..
WorldNews - Published

Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.
Reuters - Published

Pope calls for respect of humanitarian law in Syria's Idlib amid tension

pope calls for respect of humanitarian law in syria's idlib amid tension
Pope Francis called on Sunday for respect of humanitarian law in Syria's Idlib province, amid an escalation of a Syrian government offensive that has displaced more than half a million in two months...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Ukraine's president asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Pope Francis on Saturday for help to win the release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists.
Reuters - Published

McCarrick report expected soon but pope has last word: Vatican official

Work on a Vatican report into disgraced ex U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is complete and it may be released in the near future but Pope Francis will have the final word on timing, the Vatican's..
Reuters - Published

Vatican sends masks to China to help with virus outbreak

The Vatican has sent hundreds of thousands of medical masks to China to help it deal with the coronavirus outbreak, with each bag marked with Pope Francis' coat of arms.
Reuters - Published

Pope plans Indonesia trip to promote inter-religious dialogue

Pope Francis will promote inter-religious dialogue this year during a trip to the world's biggest Muslim country Indonesia and make the first papal visit to mainly Catholic East Timor since it won..
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis promises to help Argentina in debt crisis, president says

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said Pope Francis had promised him in a meeting to do everything he could to help with his homeland's debt crisis.
Reuters - Published

Pope meets Argentina president amid debt crisis, says work for peace

Pope Francis met Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Friday and asked him to be a messenger of peace in their common homeland which is fighting rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising..
Reuters - Published

Pope asks Catholics to say 'Never Again' to the Holocaust

Pope Francis on Sunday asked the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say "Never..
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis praises China's efforts to contain coronavirus

Pope Francis praised China's "great commitment" to contain the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday and said he was praying for the dead, the sick, and families of victims.
Reuters - Published

Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respected

Pope Francis met Iraq's president on Saturday and the two agreed that the country's sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran.
Reuters - Published

Pence to Pope Francis: 'You have made me a hero'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a former Catholic, held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Friday and quipped that he emerged from the encounter feeling like "a hero".
Reuters - Published

U.S. Vice President Pence meets pope, jokes 'You have made me a hero'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence quipped that Pope Francis had made him "a hero" during an unusually long audience with the pontiff on Friday at the Vatican.
Reuters - Published

Pope names Latino to replace conservative as Philadelphia archbishop

Nelson Perez, the Latino Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland who has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy, was named on Thursday by Pope Francis to replace an outspoken..
Reuters - Published

Pope appoints Latino as new archbishop of Philadelphia

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Nelson Perez, the current Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland, Ohio, to be the new archbishop of Philadelphia, the latest Latino to head a major U.S. archdiocese.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com

Don't close ports to migrants, pope says after Salvini case

Pope Francis on Wednesday said politicians should not close ports to desperate migrants, speaking after a court got a green light to pursue an investigation of Matteo Salvini, Italy's anti-immigrant..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan president complains to Pope Francis about Chinese pressure

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis to complain about Chinese pressure on the island Beijing claims as its own, saying China seeks to threaten its democracy and freedom.
Reuters - Published

Pope condemns 'barbaric resurgence' of anti-Semitism

Pope Francis on Monday condemned the "barbaric resurgence" of anti-Semitism around the world, linking it to the rise of populism.
Reuters - Published

'Tired of politicized pastors': Maduro alerts Pope that Venezuelans are DITCHING Catholicism

'tired of politicized pastors': maduro alerts pope that venezuelans are ditching catholicism
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his countrymen are fleeing the Catholic Church en masse because they have grown tired of "politicized" bishops. "I want to tell you, dear Pope Francis, we..
WorldNews - Published

Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican's diplomatic and administrative nerve center.
Reuters - Published

Two popes — one retired, one reigning — cause a furor

two popes — one retired, one reigning — cause a furor
VATICAN CITY — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two..
WorldNews - Published

Retired Pope to be removed as celibacy book author

The apparent intervention from Pope Benedict came as Pope Francis considers an easing of the rules.
BBC News - Published

Former pontiff's book draws criticism, highlights problem of 'two popes'

Roman Catholic scholars rebuked the former Pope Benedict on Monday for his comments in a new book regarding the delicate matter of priestly celibacy, saying his words were helping to destabilize the..
Reuters - Published

Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy

pope benedict xvi breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the “necessity" of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •France 24

Retired Pope Benedict warns Francis against relaxing priestly celibacy rules

The surprise appeal comes as Pope Francis considers an easing of the rule banning married priests.
BBC News - Published

Former Pope Benedict breaks silence on celibacy debate after synod

Former Pope Benedict, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church in what appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to not..
Reuters - Published

Pope appeals to U.S. and Iran to pursue dialogue, self-restraint

Pope Francis on Thursday urged the United States and Iran to avoid escalation and pursue "dialogue and self-restraint" to avert a wider conflict in the Middle East.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

After slapping incident, pope kisses nun who vows not to bite

Pope Francis, who last month angrily slapped the hand of a woman who yanked him toward her, gave a light-hearted reaction more typical of his papacy on Wednesday when a nun asked him for a kiss. He..
Reuters - Published

Pope calls for dialogue and restraint amid growing US-Iran tensions

Pope Francis called on Sunday for dialogue and restraint two days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander by the United States.
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis slapped a woman on the hand when she grabbed him in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis lost his patience and slapped a woman on the hand after she grabbed him while he greeted gatherers at the Vatican.
USATODAY.com - Published

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