The Papacy

 

Prelate exonerates John Paul of turning blind eye to abuse case

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VATICAN CITY - The Catholic prelate who led the campaign to make the late Pope John Paul a saint exonerated the pontiff on Tuesday against accusations he turned a blind eye to one of the Church's biggest sexual abuse scandals.

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.

World, Syria, Africa, 20 Apr 2014

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, starting four packed days culminating in Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and later washed the feet of 12 disabled people at a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony. | Video

World, 17 Apr 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis.

World, United Nations, 11 Apr 2014

Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.

World, 10 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, Venezuela, 09 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, Venezuela, 09 Apr 2014

Pope expresses 'profound pain' at killing of priest in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit priest in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

World, Syria 09 Apr 2014

Dutch Jesuit priest beaten and killed in Syria

VATICAN CITY - A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the Vatican said.

World, Syria 07 Apr 2014

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative, approves reforms

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has approved a reform proposal keeping the Vatican bank operative, ending a year of speculation over whether the pontiff would close the institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

World, 07 Apr 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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