Latest Pope John Paul II News

The Latest: Pope quips "I am the devil" next to John Paul

Sep. 22, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Pope Francis has acknowledged that his reputation pales a bit compared to St. John Paul II — at least as far as Poles are concerned. Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania,...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...

Pope pays tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia

Sep. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily on Saturday to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the evil clutches of organized crime. The daylong trip by Francis to the Mediterranean island where...

Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy

Sep. 12, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens...

Polish leader slammed for saying EU has little relevance

Sep. 12, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president came under heavy criticism from political opponents Wednesday after he called the European Union an "imaginary community" of little relevance to Poles. Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been in conflict with the EU over an...

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

Sep. 12, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he hopes to visit Japan next year, a trip that would enable him to draw attention to both the legacy of Christian martyrs centuries ago and survivors of the atomic bombs in 1945. Francis made the announcement while meeting with members of a visiting Japanese...

Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal

Sep. 11, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians. The...

Today in History

Sep. 10, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2018. There are 112 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 10, 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace. On this date: In 1813, an American...

Sanctions, sex abuse and silence: A primer on the pope saga

Sep. 9, 2018 12:37 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two weeks after Pope Francis' papacy was thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Francis has refused to respond, his accuser has changed his story and a host of new characters have entered the fray. Cardinals, bishops,...

Letter confirms Vatican received McCarrick complaint in 2000

Sep. 8, 2018 1:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic News...