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Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI's death

Feb. 05, 2023 14:18 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death to score ideological points in the latest salvo in the partisan divide of the Catholic Church. During an airborne news conference returning from...

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

Feb. 05, 2023 12:09 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis, the head of the Anglican Communion and top Presbyterian minister together denounced the criminalization of homosexuality on Sunday and said gay people should be welcomed by their churches. The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBTQ...

Pope planning India, Mongolia trips after Lisbon, Marseille

Feb. 05, 2023 12:09 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday he is planning to visit India next year and is studying a possible trip to Mongolia later in 2023 in what would be a first for a pope. Francis outlined his upcoming travel schedule during his flight back to Rome from South...

Pope joined by head of Anglican Communion, Presbyterian minister in denouncing anti-gay laws, urging church welcome

Feb. 05, 2023 12:03 PM EST
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope joined by head of Anglican Communion, Presbyterian minister in denouncing anti-gay laws, urging church welcome.

Pope makes final bid for peace, forgiveness in South Sudan

Feb. 05, 2023 05:08 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis made a final appeal for peace in South Sudan on Sunday as he celebrated Mass before tens of thousands of people to close out an unusual mission by Christian religious leaders to nudge forward the country’s recovery from civil war. On the last...

Pope says South Sudan's future depends on treatment of women

Feb. 04, 2023 12:38 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that South Sudan’s future depends on how it treats its women, as he highlighted their horrific plight in a country where sexual violence is rampant, child brides are common and the maternal mortality rate is the highest in the world. ...

Pope in South Sudan warns leaders as peace process stalls

Feb. 03, 2023 13:52 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis, on a novel ecumenical peace mission to the world’s youngest country, warned South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday that history will judge them harshly if they continue to drag their feet implementing a 2018 peace accord. Accompanying...

Pope Francis has landed in South Sudan, opening the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage

Feb. 03, 2023 08:26 AM EST
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis has landed in South Sudan, opening the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage.

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

Feb. 02, 2023 13:48 PM EST

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to kick...

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

Feb. 02, 2023 13:47 PM EST

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that frigid night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to...