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

Pope spends day in hill town, jokes with residents

  CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Abandoning the traditional Sunday greeting to crowds in St. Peter’s Square for a day, Pope Francis opted for an informal front-door encounter with residents in a hill town outside […]

07/14/2013

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)

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

Pope Francis (AP Photo)

Pope criminalizes leaks, sex abuse in first laws

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on Thursday, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes […]

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

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

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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 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

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White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

03/13/2013

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Crowd disappointed by black smoke, but Vatican spokesman says consensus takes time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who’ve gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.

03/13/2013

Three urns designed by artist Cecco Bonanotte to be used to collect ballots during the Vatican conclave. (AP Photo)

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. See a video clip here.

03/12/2013

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