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Pope Francis greets a group of nuns during his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

Jan. 15, 2020 7:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State. Francis on Wednesday named Francesca Di Giovanni, a 27-year veteran of the Vatican, as undersecretary for multilateral...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict's new celibacy book

Jan. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Monday sought to downplay the decision by retired Pope Benedict XVI to reaffirm the “necessity” of a celibate priesthood at the same time that Pope Francis is considering ordaining married men, calling his book a mere contribution that was written in full...

Pope baptizes 32 babies in Sistine Chapel, marvels at quiet

Jan. 12, 2020 4:57 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has baptized 32 babies, including two sets of twins, in the splendor of the Sistine Chapel. Francis marveled that the babies were very quiet, with barely a peep as they waited their turn to be baptized Sunday morning under the Michelangelo-frescoed ceiling. The papal...

Pope Francis delivers his message during an audience with members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See during the traditional exchange of New Year greetings at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Remo Casilli/Pool photo Via AP)

Pope warns of risks from US-Iran tensions in policy speech

Jan. 9, 2020 6:36 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran are setting the stage for a broader conflict in the Mideast while jeopardizing efforts to rebuild Iraq. Francis listed the “particularly troubling” deterioration of U.S.-Iran relations...

Pope Francis salutes the faithful at the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

"Don't bite!" Pope negotiates papal kiss after controversy

Jan. 8, 2020 7:48 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis cautiously waded back into the crowds on Wednesday after video of him swatting away the hand of a pilgrim who grabbed him went viral and sparked a papal apology. Francis gingerly agreed to a nun’s request for a kiss on the cheek, but said he would only approach her...

Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires

Jan. 8, 2020 5:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for Australia as it copes with devastating fires and expressed his solidarity with the country's people. Francis drew a round of applause after he made the unscripted appeal at the end of his general audience Wednesday. In his comments, Francis said:...

Pope Francis holds up the book of Gospels as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope: Reject "god of money," focus on serving others

Jan. 6, 2020 5:33 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is advising people to reject “the god of money" as well as of that consumerism, pleasure, success and self. Francis in his homily in St. Peter's Basilica Monday to mark the Feast of the Epiphany, encouraged people to focus on serving others, not themselves. He also...

Pope Francis presides over the funeral service for late Cardinal Prosper Grech, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Governments must ensure all have access to health care

Jan. 3, 2020 6:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called on governments Friday to ensure everyone has access to suitable health care. In an annual papal message reflecting on the needs of ill people, Francis urged health care institutions and government leaders “not to neglect social justice out of preoccupation for...

Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the solemnity of St. Mary at the beginning of the new year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Sorry I lost patience with hand-shaker who yanked me

Jan. 1, 2020 7:34 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has apologized for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed him and yanked him toward her. In his new year's wishes to the public in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Francis confessed to losing his patience with the woman while he was strolling in the square Tuesday...