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Pope Francis kneels in prayer in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary inside St. Mary Major Basilica, Rome, Italy, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. (AP Photo)

Pope visits Vatican lot after urging ‘humble’ cars

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is following up on his call for priests to eschew fancy cars. A Vatican official says the 76-year-old pope visited the Vatican garage where the city state’s fleet of […]

07/11/2013

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Vatican posts surplus but donations drop

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican posted a 2.2 million euro ($2.85 million) budget surplus for 2012, an improvement from the previous year and some good news as it struggles to cope with a scandal […]

07/04/2013

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Pope wades diplomatically into gay marriage debate

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values “based on marriage.” Francis, who vigorously opposed […]

06/14/2013

Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

With Pope Francis, it’s prime time for Jesuits

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, the Society of Jesus has faced the same struggles to find priests that have plagued the wider Roman Catholic Church.

04/07/2013

Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope makes Easter pleas for world peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked Christianity’s most joyous day with a passionate plea for world peace, celebrating his first Easter Sunday as pontiff in the enthusiastic company of more than 250,000 people who overflowed from St. Peter’s Square.

03/31/2013

Pope Francis washes foot of inmate at Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, Rome, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo. (AP Photo)

Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice.

03/28/2013

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Work under way to digitize 1500s Fla. records

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Inside a Catholic convent deep in St. Augustine’s historic district, stacks of centuries-old, sepia-toned papers offer clues to what life was like for early residents of the nation’s oldest permanently occupied city.

03/27/2013

Pope Francis kisses a baby during his general audience, St. Peter's Square, Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis forces Argentine political about-face

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Catholic doctrine considers the pope to be God’s delegate on Earth. That alone might explain the remarkable about-face of Argentina’s populist president Cristina Fernandez and most of her followers.

03/27/2013

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New pope opens Holy Week at Vatican on Palm Sunday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart as he promised to go to a youth jamboree Brazil this summer.

03/24/2013

Pope Francis waves to crowds at his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest, the poorest, let tenderness “open up a horizon of hope.”

03/19/2013

Pope Francis kneels in prayer in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary inside St. Mary Major Basilica, Rome, Italy, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. (AP Photo)

New pope’s views bind simplicity with ‘complexity’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At gatherings of Latin American bishops, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was often a star speaker about economic inequities in a profit-driven world.

03/14/2013

Quincy Jones denies casino mogul made threats

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Music mogul Quincy Jones testified Thursday that he never told “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis that casino mogul Steve Wynn had threatened to kill the soft-porn producer and have him […]

09/06/2012

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