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Pope Francis

Pope Beseeches World Leaders to Protect the Environment

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis declared Friday that the environment itself has rights and that mankind has no authority to abuse them, telling world leaders at the United Nations that they must take urgent action to halt the Earth’s destruction from the “selfish and boundless thirst”… Read more »

The Latest: For Pope, a Look at 9/11 Through Its Artifacts

NEW YORK (AP) — Latest developments in Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. All times local: 12:45 p.m. Pope Francis has viewed evocative artifacts of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at ground zero before leaving the museum that memorializes it. He spoke at an interfaith service, calling for the world to build unity from… Read more »

Pope Francis Warns US Bishops Against ‘Divisive’ Language

RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Pope Francis told U.S. bishops on Wednesday they should avoid “harsh and divisive” language and create a church with the warmth of a “family fire” as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the center… Read more »

Aretha Franklin Has a Song, and a Gift, for the Pope

NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Getting Aretha Franklin to sing for you could be considered a gift in itself. But the Queen of Soul has something special for Pope Francis when she performs for him at the Festival of Families concert in Philadelphia on Saturday. Franklin told The Associated Press… Read more »

Embrace Immigrants, Pope Francis Urges Congress

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace “the stranger in our midst” as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting at the U.S. Capitol…. Read more »

Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin Among Stars at Papal Events

DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The stars are coming out for the papal visit. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli will be performing at papal events in New York City and Philadelphia. Pope Francis is visiting those cities, as well as Washington, during his first trip to… Read more »

Pope Speeds Up, Simplifies Process for Marriage Annulments

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis radically reformed the process for annulling marriages Tuesday, overhauling 300 years of church practice by creating a new fast-track annulment and doing away with an automatic appeal that often slowed the process down. The move, which came a week after he said he was letting… Read more »

Pope: Priests in Holy Year Can Absolve ‘Sin of Abortion’

FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.” In a letter published Tuesday by the Holy… Read more »

Pope Francis: The Patron Saint of Tourism?

(Yahoo) – Folks in Philadelphia still speak with pride about the time Pope John Paul II visited the city in 1979. Next month, a new pope, with an even higher profile (and certainly a much larger social media following), will once again bless the City of Brotherly Love with his presence, along with a formidable… Read more »

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