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Pope Francis

Pope Praises Big Families After ‘Like Rabbits’ Remark

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” made headlines this week. Francis said numerous children don’t cause poverty in the developing world, as some have suggested, and that the real cause… Read more »

Pope: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed ‘Like Rabbits’

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate… Read more »

Vatican: Pope’s Charlie Hebdo Comments Do Not Justify Attack

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while… Read more »

Vatican Earmarks $3.55 Million for Ebola Care

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is increasing assistance to Western African countries hard-hit by the Ebola virus, setting aside 3 million euros ($3.55 million) to fund protective gear for care-givers, transport for sick patients and care for orphans left behind. Vatican charity organizations and offices that deal with the developing world issued a… Read more »

Pope Names 15 New Cardinals Reflective of Diversity of the Faithful

VERBANIA, Italy (New York Times) — Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals from 14 countries on Sunday, continuing his efforts to diversify the church hierarchy and extend the global reach of the church. Many of the new bishops and archbishops come from the developing world, including countries like Myanmar, Tonga and the Cape Verde islands that have… Read more »

Pope Francis: Merry Christmas, You Power-Hungry Hypocrites

Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service via USA TODAY   VATICAN CITY (USA Today) — Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the… Read more »

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 »

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