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Vatican defrocked 848 priests over past 10 years

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time Tuesday on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given […]

05/06/2014

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, embraces his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/L' Osservatore Romano, ho)

Francis presides over historic day of 4 popes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at […]

04/27/2014

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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Pope Francis welcomes President Obama to the Vatican

Pope Francis welcomed President Obama to the Vatican today. The president considers Francis a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Phil and Penny discussed the details on the visit with AP White House Correspondent Mark […]

03/27/2014

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

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

A skull lies in a niche in the Catacombs of Priscilla, a labyrinthine cemetery complex that stretches for kilometers underground, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican unveils new frescoes in top catacomb

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to […]

11/19/2013

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

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