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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

Rev. Fabian Baez, bottom right, sits behind Pope Francis on his popemobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope invites friend for spin in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has broken with papal protocol once again, inviting a friend for a spin in his panoramic white car. The Rev. Fabian Baez, a priest from Francis’ hometown in Buenos […]

01/08/2014

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other’s differences and where enemies recognize that they are […]

01/01/2014

Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his year-end prayer service on Tuesday evening to urge people to ask themselves a tough question: Did they mainly spend 2013 promoting self-interests or helping others? That’s what […]

12/31/2013

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope carries baby Jesus statue on Christmas Eve

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff by placing a baby Jesus statue in a replica of a manger in St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis, who turned […]

12/24/2013

In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, is flanked by Vatican Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski as he welcomes four men at the Vatican, Dec. 17, 2013, the Pope's 77th birthday. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope shares his birthday breakfast with homeless

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Four homeless people, one of them carrying his dog, helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican on Tuesday. They live on the street in the Rome neighborhood just […]

12/17/2013

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Roman Catholic church’s new leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way […]

12/11/2013

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of […]

10/31/2013

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis reads his message as a young boy plays in front of him on the stage during an audience with families in St. Peter's Square, gathered for the Pontifical Council for the Family's plenary assembly, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. A young boy, part of a group of children sitting around the stage where the pontiff was delivering his message to families, played around Pope Francis as he continued delivering his speech, occasionally patting the boy's head. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Little boy sits in pope’s chair, steals the show

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter’s Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked […]

10/30/2013

Pope Francis smiles during his meeting with cloistered nuns at the St. Chiara Basilica, in Assisi, Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

6 goals the Pope highlights in St. Francis’ town

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis broke bread with the poor and embraced the disabled on a pilgrimage to his namesake’s hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis, […]

10/04/2013

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