Interview: UAE sees Pope’s visit as way to build bridges

World 01/24/19, 12:39

As the United Arab Emirates prepares to host Pope Francis in February, the country's minister of tolerance said the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula will contribute to building bridges at a time of growing nationalism and insularism around the world.Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan spoke with The ...

Venezuela crisis looms over pope’s Central America visit

World 01/24/19, 00:09

Pope Francis has arrived in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him.As Francis opens his first full day Thursday, all eyes will be on whether he refers to ...

Update: Pope announces visit to Japan in November

World 01/23/19, 07:07

The Latest on the pope's visit to Panama (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Pope Francis has told reporters traveling with him to Panama aboard the papal plane that he plans to go to Japan in November. Francis had previously said he wanted to go, but this is the first confirmation that a trip ...

Amid wall debate, Pope visits Panama with migration in mind

America 01/23/19, 00:07

Pope Francis is looking to leave the sex abuse scandal buffeting his papacy behind as he heads to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north. History's first Latin American pope, the son of Italian immigrants ...

Vatican insists no reports of sexual abuse against Argentine

Europe 01/22/19, 09:12

The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti repeated Tuesday that the Vatican only received the first accusations of sexual abuse ...

Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope

America 01/22/19, 00:04

More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits this week for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away there are 144 more who can't make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — ...

Thousands protest against abortion in Paris

Europe 01/20/19, 09:48

Several thousand protesters have marched in Paris against abortion and medically assisted reproduction.The protesters, who claim to have received the support of Pope Francis and several French bishops, gathered in the French capital on Sunday as they joined the 13th March for Life.Organizers urged doctors across the country to use ...

Pope mourns Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed 170 lives

Europe 01/20/19, 07:08

Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the lost lives of 170 migrants who drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.The U.N. refugee agency has said 117 migrants died or were missing after a smuggler's dinghy sank off Libya Jan. 18, and that 53 others died in the capsizing of ...

Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct

America 01/20/19, 06:02

The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made ...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Europe 01/16/19, 08:40

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb. 21-24 meeting, saying ...

Chilean bishops meet Francis year after disastrous pope trip

America 01/14/19, 10:18

A delegation of Chilean bishops has met with Pope Francis a year after he threw his papacy into turmoil by defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a notorious sexual predator.The five-member permanent committee of the Chilean bishops' conference requested Monday's meeting to brief Francis on its efforts to ...

Church envoy begs McCarrick to repent as abuse verdict nears

Europe 01/14/19, 07:35

The retired Vatican diplomat who accused Pope Francis of turning a blind eye to the alleged sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is begging the American to publicly repent for his crimes for the good of the Catholic Church.Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote a letter to McCarrick that was ...

Pope to parents: It’s OK to fight, just not in front of kids

Europe 01/13/19, 04:50

Pope Francis is offering new parents a bit of advice, telling them it's perfectly normal to fight but just not in front of their children because of the "anguish" it causes.Francis asked permission Sunday to give his counsel during a ceremony to baptize 27 newborns, an annual tradition that fills ...

McCarrick accuser cooperates with NYC prosecutors on abuse

New York 01/12/19, 13:34

The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.James Grein gave testimony ...

Pope: Vatican meeting aims to ‘shed full light’ on sex abuse

Europe 01/07/19, 07:02

Pope Francis says next month's meeting of bishops from around the world aims to "shed full light" on clergy sex abuse and covers-ups. Speaking to diplomats Monday at the Vatican, Francis called the abuse of minors "one of the vilest and most heinous crimes conceivable." He said the church was working ...

Pope decries rise of nationalism, flaws of globalization

Europe 01/07/19, 06:02

Pope Francis has expressed concern over the rise of nationalism in the world, blaming the surge partly on globalization's shortcomings.Without citing countries or political parties, Francis on Monday also lamented national policies favoring "quick partisan consensus" over patient efforts for the common good.In his annual speech to diplomats accredited to ...

Update: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

Europe 01/06/19, 09:47

The Latest on Europe's migrant situation (all times local):2:25 p.m.Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels.Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting ...

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