Pope Francis

Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to 'hiring a hitman'

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Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families...Read more

Pope issues new sexual abuse reporting requirements for priests, nuns

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Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors...Read more

Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

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Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday, marking the most joyful moment of the year for the faithful even as the church faced a fresh round of bloodshed targeting...Read more


Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

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Palm Sunday ushers in Holy Week, which includes the Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum to commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion.Read more

Accountability is focus of Pope Francis' summit on preventing sex abuse

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Saturday will be the final working day of the summit.Read more

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

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Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession and sexual...Read more

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

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Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that...Read more

Pope aims to inspire priests, nuns 'wounded by church's sin'

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Pope Francis sought Saturday to inspire Panama's priests and religious sisters, acknowledging they have grown weary from the "wounds of the church's own sin," but urging...Read more

Pope to priestly sex abusers: Turn yourselves in

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Pope Francis vowed Friday that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn...Read more


Pope acknowledges abuse scandals outrage, drive people away

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Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must...Read more

Pope OKs probe into US bishop as he meets with US delegation

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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop Thursday and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an...Read more