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Pope Francis

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 »

Pope Asks Pardon for Church’s ‘Crimes’ Against Indigenous

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Thursday for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas, delivering a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the climactic highlight of his… Read more »

Pope’s ‘Homecoming’ Tour Moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

(Reuters) – Pope Francis showed his sense of humor during the last few hours of his trip to Ecuador on Wednesday, straying from a prepared speech to joke with people who came to see him at a shrine near the highland capital Quito. “I have a prepared script but I don’t want to read it,”… Read more »

Pope Brings ‘Church for the Poor’ to South America’s Poorest

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South America’s poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart…. Read more »

Rick Santorum’s Ugly Pope Francis Bashing: Why the Catholic in the GOP Field Keeps Maligning Other Catholics

  (Salon) – In 2012, long-ago Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got attention as the only Catholic in the GOP presidential primary race. It’s sadly noteworthy: our country has had only one Catholic president in its history (Joe Biden is our first Catholic vice president). Rather than looking out for Catholics, though, Santorum made a big… Read more »

The Religious Right’s No. 1 Enemy: What Pope Francis’ Recognition of Palestine Really Means

Patricia Miller, SALON   VATICAN ( — News that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestinian statehood in a new treaty may have less of an impact on the relationship between the Holy See and Palestine than on the already fraught relationship between Pope Francis and an increasingly disgruntled Catholic and evangelical right here in the… Read more »

Pope to Visit Notoriously Violent Bolivia Prison in SA Trip

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit a notoriously violent prison in Bolivia, a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay and a home for the elderly in Ecuador during his July 5-12 visit to South America. The Vatican on Friday released the itinerary for Francis’ second visit to his home continent,… Read more »

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Who Didn’t Report Abuse

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who was convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. Bishop Robert Finn, who led the… Read more »

U.S. Catholics Lead in Concern about Climate Change: Yale Study

  VATICAN (Reuters)—Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year. A study released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has found that more Catholics in the United States are worried about global warming than other Christian groups and they… Read more »

Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year

  (Time) – Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. Priests and pastors often tell you that outside of Christmas, more people show up to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year—including Easter…. Read more »


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