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Pope opens John Paul II, John XXIII canonization Mass

Pope Francis asperses incense as he leads a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  AP

Pope Francis began an historic ceremony on St Peter’s Square on Sunday to confer sainthood on two of his predecessors — John Paul II and John XXIII.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

St. Peter’s overflows for historic day of 4 popes

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Tens of thousands of people have filled St. Peter’s Square for a historic day of four popes, with Popes Francis and Benedict XVI honoring John XXIII and John Paul II by declaring them saints in the first ever canonization of two pontiffs.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pilgrims amass in Poland to celebrate John Paul II

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From distant Canada to small Polish towns, pilgrims were arriving Saturday in places linked to Pope John Paul II for concerts and prayers held on the eve of him being declared a saint.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Ex-pope Benedict denies he was pressured to resign

In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square to bless the nativity scene at the Vatican. A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. AP

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has denied speculation that he was pressured to resign, saying his decision was freely made and his alone.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests over child abuse

In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square to bless the nativity scene at the Vatican. A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. AP

In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained Friday by The Associated Press and an analysis of Vatican statistics.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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