Saturday February 6 2016, 08:27:42 PM

Pope Francis

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 »

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 »

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