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Pope Francis

Vatican Defrocks Ex-Ambassador in Sex Abuse Case

Nicole Winfield, ASSOCIATED PRESS   VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic for sexually abusing boys. It’s the first time a top papal envoy has been convicted of the crime and signals that Pope Francis is serious about imposing “zero tolerance” for abuse, regardless of rank. The Vatican said Friday… Read more »

Many Catholics Ignore Teachings on Sex

Nicole Winfield, ASSOCIATED PRESS   VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to “close our eyes to anything” when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing the church. Core church doctrine on the… Read more »

Pope to Legalizing Recreational Drugs: Just Say No

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has come out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the U.S. to Uruguay and beyond. Francis told members of a drug-enforcement conference meeting in Rome on Friday that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs “are not… Read more »

Pope to World Cup: Overcome Racism, Greed in Sport

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, football-loving pope recorded a video message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday’s opening match between Brazil… Read more »

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican financial watchdog

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency Thursday and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency’s director. The four new board members are from Italy, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. The previous board of the Financial Information Authority had complained… Read more »

Pope Meets Ex-Sex Slaves, Denounces Trafficking

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity Thursday after meeting with four women who were trafficked and forced into prostitution. Francis attended a Vatican conference of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, Interpol and Europol who pledged greater cooperation to… Read more »

Atlanta Archbishop Apologizes for Posh Residence

RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press RAY HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory seems to have gotten the pope’s message about modest living. Days after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence, the Atlanta archbishop apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion as his residence. He… Read more »

A Meeting Between the Pope and the President

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   History is often made by leaders who make a consequential difference in quality of life of people. The world has now witnessed the historic meeting between the first African American to serve as president of the United States and the first Latin American to be Pope of… Read more »

Obama, Francis Find Common Ground, Sharp Divisions

JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president’s audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and inequality but Vatican officials emphasizing sharp differences over Obama’s health care law which mandates contraception… Read more »

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