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First Pope to visit Pentecostal church

Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after meeting Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino, left, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014.  AP PHOTO/FRANCESCO PECORARO

Pope Francis has become the first Pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism’s greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison. AP

Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Can priests marry? Pope Francis drops hints


Pope Francis’ hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis promises ‘solutions’ to priestly celibacy

Pope Francis, center, arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis promised “solutions” to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction on married priests.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope: Bishops must be accountable for sex abuse

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Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »