Latest Pope Francis News

Pope raises alarm about Italy's precariously low birthrate

May. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis added his voice Friday to the chorus of alarm about Italy’s falling population, calling for government policies that provide the necessary financial stability to encourage young people to stay in Italy and have families. Francis joined Premier...

Anniversary of JP2 attack marked as Poles grapple with abuse

May. 13, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican marked the 40th anniversary of the attempt on the life of St. John Paul II with a Mass on Thursday, amid muted commemorations in Poland where the Catholic hierarchy is grappling with a legacy of failures to confront clergy sexual abuse. Cardinal...

Pope meets Argentine president months after abortion law

May. 13, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met Thursday with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, months after Argentina legalized abortion despite a personal appeal from the pontiff and opposition from the Catholic Church. In a break with usual practice, the Vatican communique about...

Polish bishop resigns after probe into cover-up allegations

May. 12, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Polish bishop following a Vatican investigation into alleged negligence in addressing cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests under the bishop's authority. The forced departure of Bishop Jan Tyrawa...

Peru to investigate 'empty syringes' vaccination scandal

May. 11, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's Health Ministry said Tuesday it is investigating nurses who are accused of trying to inoculate patients with empty syringes during the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign. The ministry said the three known cases were reported in the...

Key suspect in Vatican corruption case detained in London

May. 11, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The main suspect in the Vatican’s corruption investigation into a London real estate venture was taken into custody Tuesday in London after he appeared for his first extradition hearing, his lawyers said. The British judge determined businessman Gianluigi...

Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

May. 11, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of...

German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

May. 10, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week. The blessings at...

More Jerusalem clashes on eve of contentious Israeli parade

May. 09, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police faced off with Palestinian protesters Sunday in another night of clashes in east Jerusalem, a day before Israeli nationalists planned to parade through the Old City in an annual flag-waving display meant to cement Israeli claims to the contested area. ...

2 Catholic bishops at odds over Biden receiving Communion

May. 09, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

They share Roman Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there’s a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in the high-stakes debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied...