Latest Pope Francis News

Indian bishop accused of misusing funds for family resigns

Dec. 10, 2018 7:07 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an Indian bishop who, according to news reports, was accused of misappropriating church funds to support a secret family. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah in southern India denied the accusations. On Monday, the Vatican said Gallela had...

Pope cites the 'disappeared' among those deprived of rights

Dec. 10, 2018 6:31 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday lamented that the poor, the unborn, those imprisoned and those who have been forcibly "disappeared" do not enjoy the same human rights protections as the wealthy. Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a message read at the...

Concert stampede in Italy leaves 6 dead, over 50 hurt

Dec. 8, 2018 6:09 PM EST

CORINALDO, Italy (AP) — Teenagers panicked before a rap concert at a jammed Italian disco, setting off a stampede that killed five of them and a mother who had brought her daughter to the event, authorities and survivors said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 in very serious...

Catholic monks killed in Algeria's civil war are beatified

Dec. 8, 2018 3:02 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican to Algeria held an unusual beatification ceremony on Saturday for 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria's civil war in the 1990s. It was the first such ceremony in the Muslim world, according to Algeria's religious...

Pope to Romans in holidays speech: Make city more livable

Dec. 8, 2018 2:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has given Romans a holiday pep talk, encouraging them to do their share to make the trash-plagued, traffic-clogged city more livable. Francis prayed on Saturday afternoon before a towering statue of the Virgin Mary near the Spanish Steps in a Dec. 8 tradition that formally opens...

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

Dec. 7, 2018 2:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have "credible allegations" of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s. Jesuits West, which covers 10 western...

Vatican investigates after nuns report sex abuse by priests

Dec. 7, 2018 11:12 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, a turning point that shows the Holy See is now willing to investigate allegations of sexual...

Pope to visit UAE in first-ever trip to Arabian Peninsula

Dec. 6, 2018 11:22 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plans to visit the United Arab Emirates in February to push for Christian-Muslim dialogue and peace in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula. The Feb. 3-5 trip to Abu Dhabi centers around an interfaith meeting, the Vatican said Thursday. Francis will also have...

The Latest: Plane carrying Bush's remains arrives in Houston

Dec. 5, 2018 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 6 p.m. The plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush's remains has landed at Houston's Ellington Field. Bush's body returned to Texas on Wednesday evening on a plane from Washington. The same...

Pope's accuser returns to accuse brother in inheritance saga

Dec. 4, 2018 1:07 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired Vatican ambassador who convulsed the Holy See with accusations of sex abuse cover-up is offering his side of the story in a different scandal: a family fight over a multi-million dollar inheritance. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is trying to explain an Italian court ruling...