Latest Pope Francis News

Puppet Little Amal arrives in UK after journey across Europe

Oct. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child created to symbolize millions of displaced children landed Tuesday on the coast of southeast England on the last leg of a 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey across Europe from the border of Syria. The 11.5-foot...

Portugal honors diplomat who saved thousands from Nazis

Oct. 19, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal paid official homage Tuesday to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who during World War II helped save thousands of people from Nazi persecution, by placing a tomb with his name in the country’s National Pantheon. Leading...

New Crookston bishop says sexual abuse victims are priority

Oct. 18, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The new bishop of the Crookston diocese said Monday he has learned important lessons about how the Roman Catholic church should respond to abuse by priests. Bishop Andrew Cozzens replaced Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who resigned earlier this year at...

Pope decries attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and England

Oct. 17, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried recent deadly attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and Britain, expressing closeness to the families of victims and calling violence “a defeat for everyone.” “Last week various attacks were carried out, for example in...

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19, climate

Oct. 14, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings. Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally

Oct. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Baltimore city officials can’t ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right to free speech is “at the heart of this case." ...

Vatican-backed sex abuse research institute expands mandate

Oct. 13, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church’s foremost research institute studying sexual abuse of minors is expanding its mandate to also include the sexual and spiritual abuse of adults, evidence of the Vatican's increasing awareness that children aren’t the only victims of clergy who abuse their...

Pope OKs crediting miracle to John Paul I on sainthood path

Oct. 13, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday approved the crediting of what was described as the miraculous healing of a child to the intercession of John Paul I, advancing the cause for sainthood for one of his predecessors who died 33 days after being elected pontiff in 1978. ...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

Oct. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. ...

Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe

Oct. 11, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company’s chairman said Monday. In an interview with The...