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Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Jun. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The companies, including ExxonMobil,...

The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing

Jun. 14, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Some of the world's major oil producers have committed to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes at the end of a Vatican summit on climate change. The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP,...

Pope lashes out at blogging ambassadors, demands obedience

Jun. 13, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See's diplomatic corps. Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal policy but...

Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

Jun. 10, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT Catholics as...

Pope wants to visit Iraq in 2020, berates arms exporters

Jun. 10, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq next year, although a date for a trip hasn't been announced. Francis revealed his desire to go to war-ravaged Iraq at the Vatican on Monday while greeting members of a committee aiding Eastern Rite churches. In his speech, he also cited fighting...

Pope laments 'culture of insults,' decries church propaganda

Jun. 9, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday lamented what he called a "culture of insults" enabled by social media and warned against nationalism and other "exclusivist ideas" that he said contrast with a Christian mission to foster harmony. In his homily during Pentecost Mass Sunday in St. Peter's Square,...

Allegations against top priest under review after AP report

Jun. 8, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church in Texas says it is reviewing allegations that a top monsignor continued to hear a married woman's confessions after luring her into a sexual relationship, a potentially serious crime under church law. The announcement was issued by the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese...

Texas couple stands by story after US cardinal pushes back

Jun. 6, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Texas couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case involving his former deputy is denying his office's claims against them, saying the church is mistreating them the way it mistreats other victims. DiNardo's Galveston-Houston...

Pope to meet Putin before Vatican Ukraine meeting

Jun. 6, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican next month, a day before Catholic leaders from Ukraine gather at the Holy See to discuss the continuing conflict there and the fallout from the schism between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. The...

Pope warns EU risks future if it doesn't confront challenges

Jun. 2, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning that the Europe Union risks losing its influence and very essence as a unified bloc if political leaders don't reawaken the dreams of its founding fathers. Francis appealed for prayers and hope that Europe not be "beaten by pessimism and ideologies." He said: "If...