The Papacy

 

Pope Francis to meet Cuban President Castro privately on Sunday

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet privately on Sunday, a spokesman said, four months before the pontiff's trip to the Caribbean island, his first as leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope defends California missions' founder ahead of canonization

ROME - Pope Francis defended an 18th-century Spanish priest on Saturday from accusations he brutalized Native Americans in missionary work that helped lay the foundations for the Catholic Church in the United States.

World, Spain, U.S. 02 May 2015

Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S., capping diplomatic role

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of frozen antagonism.

World, United Nations, 22 Apr 2015

Pope met French Vatican envoy nominee at center of gay speculation

PARIS - Pope Francis has held a private meeting with France's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See, the French government said on Wednesday in the latest twist in a months-long stand-off over the Vatican's failure to confirm his posting.

World, France 22 Apr 2015

U.S. Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

VATICAN CITY - Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, who remained in office for three years after he was convicted in 2012 of shielding a priest who took pornographic pictures of girls, has resigned, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

World, U.S., 21 Apr 2015

Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants.

World, Africa, Libya 20 Apr 2015

Turkey's top cleric calls Pope 'immoral' for Armenia comments

ANKARA - Turkey's top cleric on Monday described comments by Pope Francis that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians was genocide as immoral and said the Vatican should look to its own history before leveling accusations of casting stones.

World, Turkey, 20 Apr 2015

Pope urges world action to stop more migrant disasters

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, speaking after some 700 migrants were feared dead in the Mediterranean, on Sunday appealed to the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies. | Video

World, 20 Apr 2015

Pope urges world action to stop more migrant disasters

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, speaking after some 700 migrants were feared dead in the Mediterranean, on Sunday appealed to the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies. | Video

World, 19 Apr 2015

Pope Francis may visit Cuba as add-on to U.S. trip, Vatican says

ROME - Pope Francis may add a trip to Cuba on to the itinerary of his visit to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Friday, adding that discussions with Cuban authorities were still at an early stage.

World, United Nations 17 Apr 2015

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The Pope's trip to Brazil

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