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Pope Francis: Mother Teresa would have scared me

Pope Francis talks with reporters on the airplane on his way back to Rome , Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. AP

Pope Francis joked during a visit to Albania that Mother Teresa would have struck fear into him if she had been his mother superior, the Vatican spokesman said Monday.

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope says religion can’t justify violence

Pope Francis arrives for vespers prayers at the St. Paul Cathedral in Tirana, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Pope Francis has called on moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held it up as a model for interfaith harmony.  AP PHOTO/VISAR KRYEZIU

TIRANA, Albania–Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.   The 77-year-old pontiff said majority-Muslim Albania was an “inspiring example” of religious harmony, as hundreds of thousands thronged the […]

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting

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The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

40 ‘I do’s’ at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

Newly married couples attend a wedding ceremony led by Pope Francis  in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.  AP

Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — have been pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court for alleged sex abuse

Vatican spokesman father Federico Lombardi. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican courts.

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