Latest Pope Francis News

The Vatican's problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Feb. 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of...

The keeper of the Vatican’s secrets is retiring. Here’s what he wants you to know

Feb. 19, 2024 04:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word “Secret” from its title. ...

After rough start, pope and Argentina's Milei meet amid speculation Francis might finally go home

Feb. 12, 2024 16:26 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Despite their rocky start, Argentina's President Javier Milei and Pope Francis appeared to have hit it off as they held their first meeting Monday amid speculation that the Argentine pontiff might finally go home for a visit later this year. The Vatican said the two men...

Pope and Argentine President Milei embrace after pontiff canonizes Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 11, 2024 15:34 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and Argentine President Javier Milei embraced Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as Argentine faith and politics came together during a Mass to canonize the country's first female saint. The ceremony to declare Mama Antula a saint marked the first...

Mama Antula, the Jesuit who didn't want to marry or be a nun, will be Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 10, 2024 00:08 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Catholic laywoman who lived in 18th-century Argentina and joined the Jesuits in their evangelical mission throughout the South American country will become the first female saint from the home country of Pope Francis on Sunday. María Antonia de Paz...

Pope blasts 'radical individualism' as he meets with Argentines ahead of big canonization

Feb. 09, 2024 10:12 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday blasted the “radical individualism” that he said was infecting society today, as he greeted Argentine pilgrims who are in town for this weekend’s canonization of the first female saint from his home country. Instead, Francis held up as a...

Jesuits in US bolster outreach initiative aimed at encouraging LGBTQ+ Catholics

Feb. 06, 2024 08:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as Catholic dogma continues to repudiate same-sex marriage and gender transition, one of the most prominent religious orders in the United States — the Jesuits — is strengthening a unique outreach program for LGBTQ+ Catholics. The initiative — fittingly...

Pope reaffirms Christians' special relationship with Jews amid rising antisemitism, Gaza war

Feb. 03, 2024 16:02 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed Christians' special relationship with Jews amid rising antisemitism since the outbreak of the Gaza war in a letter to the Jews of Israel that he said was prompted by messages from Jewish organizations around the world. The...

Street artist of 'Super Pope' fame gets new stamp of Vatican approval

Feb. 01, 2024 08:20 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Street artist Maupal, whose cartoon-like depictions of Pope Francis as a “Super Pope” have graced buildings around the Vatican for a decade, got an official stamp of approval on Thursday when he appeared at a Vatican news conference. Maupal, in life Mauro Pallotta,...

Pope names 3 Chinese bishops in a week and reorganizes diocese under a controversial 2018 accord

Jan. 31, 2024 20:11 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the nomination of a new Chinese bishop, the third in less than a week, in an apparent sign that a controversial 2018 accord with Beijing governing the nomination of Chinese bishops is working. Bishop Peter Wu Yishun was consecrated...