Pope Francis

Pope Francis wears skullcaps given by faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family’s grief

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew’s wife and their two young boys in a car crash […]

08/20/2014

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007 file photo, Lee Yong-soo wipes her tears as she recalls hardships she experienced during World War II in Tokyo. Lee hopes a meeting Monday, Aug. 18, 2014,  with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during WWII.  (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)

Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution […]

08/17/2014

In this photo provided by L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho Jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's April ferry disaster, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/L' Osservatore Romano)

Pope greets, consoles Korean ‘comfort women’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed and consoled a group of women who were used as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II. Francis greeted each of the seven women, most […]

08/17/2014

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China Catholics cheer pope’s South Korea visit

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Catholics on Friday cheered Pope Francis’ visit to neighboring South Korea, saying they hoped his trip to their region would help end the estrangement between Beijing and the Vatican. But in […]

08/15/2014

Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, disembarks with her children Maya, in her arms, and Martin, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter […]

07/24/2014

Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors. The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing “sorrow” in his homily at […]

07/07/2014

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. peter's Square, at the Vatican,  Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Vatican: Israel, Palestine prayer meeting June 8

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis for an afternoon of prayer at the Vatican on June 8, the Vatican said Thursday. In a brief […]

05/29/2014

Pope Francis baptizes 10-year-hold Giorgio Capezzuoli during the Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope seeks to bring faith to “ends of the Earth”

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica. The […]

04/19/2014

Pope Francis arrives for the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 17, 2014. During the mass the Pontiff blesses the oil of catechumens, the oil of sick and the holy chrism, which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the year.  The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like […]

04/17/2014

In this photo released by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis delivers his blessing during a meeting with the Italian pro-life movement, at the Vatican Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in […]

04/11/2014

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