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In this Sept. 7, 2013 picture made available by the Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, speaks with Rev. Renzo Zocca, second from right, and owner of the Renault 4L seen at left, his assistant Luigi Macchioni, and car-body repairer Stefano Veronesi, fourth from right. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, says Francis […]

09/11/2013

Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope announces day of fasting for peace for Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day […]

09/01/2013

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis receives an autographed ball from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, as coach Cesare Prandelli, center, and president of the Italian soccer federation Giancarlo Abete smile, during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Soccer-loving pope cheers Messi, other players

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis cheered fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer stars Tuesday as he led a morality-focused pep rally of sorts at the Vatican for Argentina and Italy’s national teams ahead […]

08/13/2013

Pope Francis leaves the Church of Jesus after celebrating a mass, in Rome, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Analysis: Pope’s revolution; not all are pleased

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased. Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics in the trenches to take up spiritual arms to shake up […]

07/31/2013

Pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Clergy, faithful digest Francis’ Brazil message

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic […]

07/30/2013

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his […]

07/29/2013

Pope Francis speaks to the youth at the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope to youth: Treasure the elderly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis praised the elderly during the Catholic Church’s festival of youth Friday, saying grandparents are critical for passing on wisdom and religious heritage and are a “treasure to be […]

07/26/2013

Pope Francis holds up an Argentine flag outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 25, 2013. Francis added a last-minute tweak to his busy schedule, meeting with pilgrims from his native Argentina at Rio's cathedral Thursday afternoon. He told the youngsters to get out into the streets and spread their faith, saying that a church that doesn't go out and preach becomes a simple NGO, or nongovernmental organization. "And the church cannot be an NGO!" he said to applause.  (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis showed his rebel side Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a “mess” in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread […]

07/25/2013

People greet Pope Francis, center, as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

‘Slum pope’ tells slum residents not to lose hope

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The “slum pope” returned to the slum on Thursday as Pope Francis visited one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, telling its residents that the wealthy must do more to end […]

07/25/2013

Pope Francis visits with journalists during the papal flight direct to Rio de Janeiro, Monday, July 22, 2013.  Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.  During his flight from Rome, Francis warned about youth unemployment in some countries in the double digits, telling about 70 journalists aboard the papal plane that there is a "risk of having a generation that hasn't worked." He said, "Young people at this moment are in crisis." (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

PHOTOS: Francis begins first trip home as pope

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the World Youth Day festival. After making a no-frills flight on a charter jet from Italy on Monday, the pontiff […]

07/23/2013

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