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Pope seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’

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Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Bold move: Pope Francis confesses sins to ordinary priest

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is confessed by a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. Pope Francis has kneeled before a priest and confessed his sins in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony.  AP

Pope Francis went to confession last Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica, leading by example in a Catholic Church initiative to get believers to admit their sins to a priest and do penance before Easter celebrations.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope announces 1st members of sex abuse commission

In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, attends a press conference at the Vatican. Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, March 22, 2014, tapping lay and religious experts — and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest — to start plotting the commission's tasks and priorities. The eight inaugural members include Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a hospital chaplain in her native Ireland and has gone on to become a prominent campaigner in the fight for accountability in the church. Also named was Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Francis' key advisers and the archbishop of Boston, where the U.S. scandal erupted in 2002. AP

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, tapping lay and religious experts — and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest — to start plotting the commission’s tasks and priorities.

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

Christians, Muslims join anti-slavery campaign

A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  AFP FILE PHOTO

Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children held in modern-day slavery, forced to work as maids, prostitutes, child soldiers and manual laborers.

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

Vatican violating UN child rights convention—watchdog head

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The Vatican has violated the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by failing to stamp out sexual abuse, the head of an international watchdog body said Wednesday.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis tells faithful: Be makers of peace

CHRISTMAS AT VATICAN  Pope Francis kisses the knee of the image of the unveiled baby Jesus during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City. AFP

Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday prayed for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines and called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope wants closer look at Vatican’s finance reform

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis is trying to get a better handle on the reform of the troubled Vatican bank and the Holy See’s finances, naming his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up this year.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope issues mission statement for papacy

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Pope Francis has issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that pays particular attention to the poor.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Tagle: End cycle of sin, injustice

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Repay evil with kindness. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made this call on Sunday as millions of Filipino Catholics flocked to churches to mark Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mamma mia! Ecstatic scenes on St. Peter’s Square

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Faithful hold up a sign with the writing in Italian reading "Hail to the Pope" after the election of Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope. AP/Angelo Carconi

In one electrifying moment, the rain-soaked crowd on St. Peter’s Square lit up with a frenzy of passion. Before, the pilgrims were orderly and polite, subdued by suspense and unyielding rain. After, complete mayhem as it became clear that white smoke was billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Catholics overjoyed at 1st Latin American pope

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A woman holds up a rosary at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Buenos Aires' Archbishop and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was named pope on Wednesday, making him the first pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. AP/Victor R. Caivano

Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Francis has ‘duty’ to end sex abuse–victims

Pope Francis flanked by Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.  AP/ANDREW MEDICHINI

Clergy sexual abuse victims urged newly-elected Pope Francis to reform the Catholic Church and declare “zero tolerance” for sex crimes as his first official act.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cardinals impose media blackout ahead of conclave

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In the end, American-style transparency was no match for the Vatican’s obsession with secrecy. Cardinals attending closed-door discussions ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope imposed a media blackout Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of the popular daily press briefings by U.S. cardinals that had provided crucial insights into the deliberations.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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