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'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

Sep. 21, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their “nasty comments” were the work of the devil and adding that “some wanted me dead” after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12...

Ruud helps Norway take 2-0 lead over Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

Sep. 17, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Casper Ruud’s Davis Cup debut as a Top 10 player resulted in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Khumoyun Sultanov on Friday, helping Norway take a 2-0 lead over visiting Uzbekistan in the World Group I playoffs. The 22-year-old Ruud — whose father, Christian,...

Pope: No place for politics in Biden Communion flap

Sep. 15, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic bishops must minister with “compassion and tenderness,” not condemnation, to politicians who support abortion rights and warned that clerics shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving Communion. ...

Pope urges compassion as he wraps Slovakia pilgrimage

Sep. 15, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

SASTIN, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis urged Slovakians on Wednesday to look out for the neediest among them as he ended his first post-surgery trip with a huge open-air Mass that drew tens of thousands of people amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cheering, maskless...

Pope visit a sign of inclusion for Slovakia's excluded Roma

Sep. 14, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Slovakia’s Roma to integrate better into the mainstream as he met with the country’s most socially excluded minority group, who have long suffered discrimination, marginalization and poverty. But in some ways...

Your suffering is ours: Pope honors Slovak Holocaust victims

Sep. 13, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis honored Slovakian Holocaust victims and atoned for Christian complicity in wartime crimes as he sought to promote reconciliation Monday in a country where a Catholic priest was president of a Nazi puppet state that deported tens of thousands of its...

Pope's Central Europe visit tests his health and diplomacy

Sep. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is making his first foreign trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July, a four-day visit to Central Europe that will not only test his health but also provide one of the most awkward moments of his papacy — a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister...

Pope Francis to visit impoverished Roma quarter in Slovakia

Sep. 10, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis is paying a visit next week to a neighborhood in Slovakia most Slovaks would not even think about going, which until recently even the police would avoid after dark. Francis will make the visit to the Roma community in the Lunik IX...

Slovakia government apologizes for WWII anti-Jew laws

Sep. 08, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government apologized on Wednesday for World War II legislation that stripped the country’s Jews of their human and civil rights. Marking the 80th anniversary of the “Jewish Code” adopted on Sept 9, 1941, the government...

Pope asks for prayers for pilgrimage to 'heart of Europe'

Sep. 05, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for his visit later this month to “the heart of Europe,” a four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia, which will be his first travels since surgery earlier this summer. Francis spoke of his trip that begins in...