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Europe's migrant crisis dominates pope's Cyprus-Greece trip

Dec. 02, 2021 09:17 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Cyprus on Thursday to draw attention to the plight of migrants on Europe’s borders and the disconnect between his Gospel-driven call for countries to welcome and integrate them and front-line governments that are increasingly unwilling or...

Paris archbishop who had 'ambiguous' relationship resigns

Dec. 02, 2021 09:00 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the...

Archbishop of Paris who admitted to ‘ambiguous’ relationship with a woman says Pope Francis has accepted his resignation

Dec. 02, 2021 06:29 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — Archbishop of Paris who admitted to ‘ambiguous’ relationship with a woman says Pope Francis has accepted his resignation.

Migrant crisis front and center in pope's Greece-Cyprus trip

Nov. 30, 2021 08:36 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen refugees home with him. Speaking to reporters on the way home that...

Pope Francis pained at migrant deaths in English Channel

Nov. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed pain and sorrow at the deaths and suffering of migrants crossing the English Channel, at the border between Poland and Belarus and in the Mediterranean Sea. The pope asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s...

Pope donates watch to annual fundraiser for scholarships

Nov. 27, 2021 01:06 AM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Even after 15-year-old Brian LaViolette lost his life in a swimming accident in the summer of 1992, the watches he collected over the years kept track of the time. Twenty-nine years later, a Swatch wristwatch would arrive to Green Bay from...

Paris archbishop offers to resign over 'ambiguous' relations

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who has led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Pope Francis...

Italy, France deepen economic, defense cooperation

Nov. 26, 2021 12:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that a bilateral treaty signed on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen bilateral cooperation would in turn strengthen the European Union, including such areas as defense, aerospace and technology. The...

Cyprus: pope will transfer migrants to Italy after visit

Nov. 25, 2021 12:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis is arranging to transfer a number of migrants to Italy from the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, where he is opening a three-day visit next week, a Cypriot government official said on Thursday. Government spokesman Marios...

Pope declares French priest-victims of Paris Commune martyrs

Nov. 25, 2021 11:22 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has declared five Catholic priests who were killed during the Paris Commune revolutionary government that took control of Paris in 1871 were martyrs who were killed out of “hatred for the faith.” The martyrdom declaration means that the five...