Latest Pope Francis News

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Dec. 01, 2022 11:42 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has rescheduled his delayed trip to Congo and South Sudan for Jan. 31-Feb. 5, cutting out a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east but fulfilling a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan. The Vatican...

German parliament labels 1930s Ukraine famine as genocide

Nov. 30, 2022 16:13 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament on Wednesday approved a resolution recognizing as genocide Ukraine's 1930s “Holodomor," a famine believed to have killed more than 3 million Ukrainians under the repressive rule of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The resolution was brought to the...

Vatican Swiss Guard slayings back in spotlight with new book

Nov. 29, 2022 15:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The mother of a Swiss Guard member accused of committing one of the most sensational crimes in recent Vatican history – fatally shooting his commander and the senior officer's wife before killing himself -- is turning to the United Nations and Pope Francis in hopes of getting some...

Russia protests pope comments as Vatican seeks to mediate

Nov. 29, 2022 08:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Russia has lodged a formal protest with the Vatican over Pope Francis’ latest condemnation of atrocities in Ukraine, in which the pontiff blamed most of the cruelty on Chechens and other minorities in an apparent effort to spare ethnic Russian troops from criticism. ...

China vows more 'friendly consensus' amid Vatican complaints

Nov. 28, 2022 09:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and the Vatican are once again tangling over the prickly issue of appointing Chinese bishops. After complaints from the Vatican that Beijing was violating a 2018 interim accord, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the country...

Newborn among 7 dead in landslide on Italy's Ischia island

Nov. 27, 2022 15:00 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Search teams have recovered seven dead, including a 3-week-old infant and a pair of young siblings, buried in mud and debris that hurtled down a mountainside and through a densely populated port city on the resort island of Ischia, officials said Sunday. The Naples...

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

Nov. 24, 2022 15:05 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants. The broadcast of...

Pope Francis IDs successor to conservative Providence bishop

Nov. 23, 2022 11:56 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pope Francis has named a Catholic priest from New York to succeed Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin when the conservative cleric retires, potentially next year. Tobin held a press conference Wednesday morning at the cathedral in Providence to announce the...

Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin's 'genocide'

Nov. 23, 2022 09:27 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday linked the suffering of Ukrainians now to the 1930s “genocide artificially caused by Stalin," when the Soviet leader was blamed for creating a man-made famine in Ukraine believed to have killed more than 3 million people. Francis’...

Pope prays for World Cup to be occasion for peace

Nov. 23, 2022 06:01 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave the World Cup a shout-out on Wednesday and prayed that the Qatar tournament may be an occasion for harmony and peace in the world. Francis is a life-long soccer fan and has long promoted sport as a way of promoting solidarity and fraternity. ...