Latest Pope Francis News

Pope urges Italians to have more children, welcome migrants

Sep. 25, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

MATERA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to southern Italy on Sunday to close out an Italian church congress that coincided with Italy’s national election, and delivered a message that hit on key domestic campaign issues including immigration. Neither Francis nor his hosts...

Pope appeals to the young to save the planet, find peace

Sep. 24, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis, visiting Assisi, the birthplace of his namesake saint who was close to nature, called on Saturday for “courage” in abandoning fossil fuels and lamented that older generations didn't know how to protect the planet and secure peace, He told...

Vatican cyclist spreading the pope's message at worlds

Sep. 23, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A plain white helmet like the pope’s skullcap. The Holy See’s crossed keys seal stamped on his white and yellow jersey over his heart. Dutch-born cyclist Rien Schuurhuis will carry an enormous sense of duty when he races for the Vatican in...

At UN, Russia's war in Ukraine is both text and subtext

Sep. 22, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After two years of discourse dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, this year's U.N. General Assembly has a new occupant of center stage: the war in Ukraine. The pleas made by leaders from around the world for peace were both an altruistic amplification of...

Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

Sep. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops on Tuesday published a proposed text for a prayer liturgy for same-sex couples that includes prayers, Scriptural readings and expressions of commitment, despite a 2021 Vatican directive barring church blessings for gay couples. The Flemish-speaking...

Live updates: Japan emperor, empress head to UK for funeral

Sep. 17, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left for Britain on Saturday to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay respects to her and the British royal family who considered as a model for Japan’s monarchy in modern history. The decision for the emperor and...

Putin thanks China's Xi for his 'balanced' stand on Ukraine

Sep. 15, 2022 22:02 PM EDT

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday for his “balanced” approach to the Ukrainian crisis and blasted Washington's “ugly" policies at a meeting that followed a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield. ...

Pope laments missed chance to improve ties with China

Sep. 15, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday that he didn’t understand China but respected it, as another opportunity to improve ties came and went when the pope and Chinese president were within a few miles (kilometers) of one another in Kazakhstan but didn’t meet. ...

Pope keeps Moscow dialogue open even if it's uncomfortable

Sep. 15, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The Vatican plans to keep open paths of dialogue with Russia, even if doing so “smells,” Pope Francis said Thursday, reaffirming Ukraine’s right to defend itself. Francis spoke at length about Russia’s war in Ukraine and the need for peace...

Pope studying Bahrain visit, looking at February for Africa

Sep. 15, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is studying a possible visit to Bahrain in November and said Thursday he is looking to reschedule his trip to South Sudan and Congo for February. Francis told reporters en route home from Kazakhstan that his strained knee ligaments still...