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Pope Urges More Muslim Opposition to IS in Turkey

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties. Francis sought to offer a… Read more »

Pope Francis Confirms Trip to the United States

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis is coming to the United States. Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family. Francis’ announcement, at an interreligious Vatican conference on traditional family values, ended… Read more »

Pope Denounces Euthanasia as ‘sin against God’

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement Saturday, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation. Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. Earlier this month, the… Read more »

US Catholic Bishops Try to Calm Anxiety Over Pope

RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — America’s Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church. Last month’s gathering in Rome on more compassionately ministering to families featured open debate — alarming many traditional Catholics,… Read more »

Pope Mulls Removing Marriage Annulment Charges

FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one. Francis told participants at a Vatican course for officials dealing with annulments that as bishop of Buenos Aires,… Read more »

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 »

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