Latest Pope Francis News

The AP Interview takeaways: Pope decries expanding gun use

Jan. 25, 2023 16:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lamented that the use of guns by civilians to defend themselves is becoming a “habit.” In an interview on Tuesday with The Associated Press, the pontiff, who has frequently criticized the arms industry, was asked about the large number of guns...

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

Jan. 25, 2023 16:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,”...

Pope discusses his health, his critics and future of papacy

Jan. 25, 2023 11:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he hasn’t considered issuing norms to regulate future papal resignations and plans to continue for as long as he can as bishop of Rome, despite a wave of criticism from some top-ranking conservative cardinals and bishops about his papal priorities. ...

Pope warns German church reform process elitist, ideological

Jan. 25, 2023 10:20 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has warned there’s a risk that a reform process in the German Catholic Church over calls for married priests and other possible liberalizing reforms might become harmfully “ideological.” In an interview with The Associated Press at the Vatican...

Pope opens up on sex abuse cases, says church must do more

Jan. 25, 2023 07:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has shed light on the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations against East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning independence hero, suggesting that he indeed was allowed to retire early rather than face prosecution or punishment. Francis...

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru

Jan. 22, 2023 07:54 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned plea, delivered partly in Spanish, for an end to widening violence in Peru over demands for the resignation of the country's president. Addressing some 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his weekly...

Cardinal says book by Benedict XVI's secretary 'unseemly'

Jan. 19, 2023 09:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The archbishop of Vienna, a longtime friend and former student of Pope Benedict XVI, has confirmed that it was he who wrote a letter to his former teacher urging him to accept election as pontiff in 2005 if the votes went his way. Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn issued a...

Cardinal Pell will be interred in Sydney crypt in February

Jan. 17, 2023 11:50 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — A once high-ranking Australian cardinal who spent more than a year in prison before his child abuse convictions were quashed on appeal will be interred Feb. 2 after a requiem Mass at Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral, the church said Tuesday. Cardinal George Pell, 81,...

Pope, ahead of Congo visit, sends prayers for church bombing

Jan. 17, 2023 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday sent his condolences to the victims of a bombing on a Pentecostal church in eastern Congo, an attack claimed by Islamic militants two weeks before the pontiff is due to arrive in the country. Authorities say Sunday's bombing in Kasindi, a town in...

Pope invites all Christians to event in St. Peter's Square

Jan. 15, 2023 08:09 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday invited Christians of all dominations to gather in prayer in St. Peter’s Square in September to help further the cause of Christian unity. Speaking during his weekly window appearance to people gathered in the Vatican City square,...