Latest Pope Francis News

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

Feb. 02, 2023 12:02 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis led Congo’s young people in a rousing denunciation of political corruption on Thursday, turning an otherwise scripted meeting with church catechists into a rally that shook the capital’s sports stadium. Francis was repeatedly interrupted as...

Mourners call Australian Cardinal Pell victim of injustice

Feb. 02, 2023 06:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Mourners at the Sydney funeral for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse, remembered him Thursday as a victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt. Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters yelled...

Pope consoles Congolese victims: 'Your pain is my pain'

Feb. 01, 2023 21:01 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo’s people to forgive those who committed “inhuman violence” against them, celebrating a Mass for 1 million people and then hearing firsthand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a teenage girl “raped like an animal” for...

In Congo, activists look to Pope to boost forest protections

Feb. 01, 2023 12:04 PM EST

Local climate activists in Congo are hoping Pope Francis' visit will help spur action to protect the country's rainforest from oil and gas interests. The Pope's call to protect Congo's “great green lungs of the world” on Tuesday was welcomed by campaigners who see the papal visit...

'Hands off Africa!': Pope blasts foreign plundering of Congo

Jan. 31, 2023 16:05 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” as he arrived in Congo to a raucous welcome by Congolese grateful he was focusing the world’s attention on their forgotten plight. ...

Pope taps Chicago native in Peru to lead bishops' office

Jan. 30, 2023 07:00 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday named an American-born missionary in Peru, Bishop Robert Francis Prevost, to take over the Vatican’s powerful bishops’ office from the retiring Canadian who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct. Prevost, a...

‘He’s close to us’: Wheelchair users in Africa await pope

Jan. 28, 2023 08:32 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Congo and South Sudan next week, thousands of people will take special note of a gesture more grounded than the sign of the cross. Watching from their wheelchairs, they will relate to the way he uses his. The pope, who began using a...

Pope clarifies homosexuality and sin comments in note

Jan. 28, 2023 04:18 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely referring to official Catholic moral teaching that teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. And in a note Friday, Francis recalled that even that...

The AP Interview takeaways: Pope decries expanding gun use

Jan. 25, 2023 16:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lamented that the use of guns by civilians to defend themselves is becoming a “habit.” In an interview on Tuesday with The Associated Press, the pontiff, who has frequently criticized the arms industry, was asked about the large number of guns...

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

Jan. 25, 2023 16:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,”...