Latest Pope Francis News

Pope decries that 'wealthy few' feast on what belongs to all

Nov. 18, 2018 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that "the wealthy few" enjoy what, "in justice, belongs to all" and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants. Francis invited about 6,000 poor...

Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

Nov. 18, 2018 6:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California's wildfires and freezing weather on the U.S. East Coast. Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday, including pilgrims from New York and New Jersey. Francis prayed that "the Lord welcome the deceased into his...

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nov. 15, 2018 11:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian...

Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

Nov. 14, 2018 9:07 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Italian priest who doubted Francis excommunicated for heresy

Nov. 14, 2018 12:33 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated. The archdiocese of Monreale, Sicily said the Rev. Alessandro Minutella was informed Tuesday of his excommunication for...

Pope warns against telling lies, says 'to gossip is to kill'

Nov. 14, 2018 5:23 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of "terrorism" and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against "bearing false witness" during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. Peter's Square that "We...

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a...

Pope to visit Morocco in March in big year for foreign trips

Nov. 13, 2018 6:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is going to Morocco in March in what is expected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff. The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed the March 30-31 visit to Rabat and Casablanca. Previously, there were rumors that Francis would travel to Marrakesh next month...

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

Nov. 12, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was...