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Would-Be Assassin Lays Flowers on Pope John Paul’s Tomb

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who fired two bullets at point blank range into Pope John Paul II’s body in May 1981, paid a visit to the Pope’s grave on Saturday, laying two bunches of white roses at the site. It was Ali Agca’s first visit to the Vatican since the assassination attempt.

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Pope Francis to Athletes: Promote ‘Spiritual Combativeness’

In his meeting with members of the Italian National Olympic Committee Friday, Pope Francis compared athletics to the spiritual life, saying that the Church’s role is to urge people toward “a strong sense of spiritual combativeness.” Francis went on to

Obama: Pope 'Issued Personal Appeal to Me' and Castro on Cuba

Obama: Pope 'Issued Personal Appeal to Me' and Castro on Cuba

The White House has credited Pope Francis with being an important catalyst to the diplomatic thaw between Cuba and the United States. On Wednesday, President Obama instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba on the normalization

Pope Wants Vatican to Host 2024 Olympic Events

Pope Wants Vatican to Host 2024 Olympic Events

The world’s smallest nation wants to host the biggest athletic event. The pope has endorsed Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and wants Vatican City to host a small number of events. Speculation of just what sports the

Pope Francis: 'Disinformation' Is Media's 'Most Insidious' Sin

Pope Francis: 'Disinformation' Is Media's 'Most Insidious' Sin

Pope Francis has identified what he called “the sins of the media,” narrowing them down to three: “disinformation, slander, and defamation.” Of these, he said, “the most insidious is disinformation,” which he compared to telling half-truths. “Of these three sins–disinformation,

There Are No 'Sad Saints,' Says Pope Francis

There Are No 'Sad Saints,' Says Pope Francis

“No one has ever heard of a sad saint or a saint with a funeral face,” Pope Francis said Sunday. “Unheard of! It would be a contradiction. A Christian is a person who has a heart full of peace because

Pope Francis Sees Latin America as the ‘Continent of Hope’

Pope Francis Sees Latin America as the ‘Continent of Hope’

With great rhetorical flourish, on Friday, Pope Francis spoke of Jesus as “the great discarded one” and the “liberator” who frees us “from all our slaveries and miseries,” while Mary’s canticle of Magnificat “proclaims a God who delights in overturning

Pope Francis Suggests Animals Can Go to Heaven

Pope Francis Suggests Animals Can Go to Heaven

Pope Francis has given four legged friends across the world an early Christmas present by saying that “Paradise is open to all God’s creatures”. In his weekly audience in The Vatican, His Holiness quoted the apostle Paul who told a

Pope Francis to Name New Cardinals in February

Pope Francis to Name New Cardinals in February

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will name a batch of new cardinals in February, a year after his last set of appointments to the select group that counsels the pope and eventually gathers to elect his successor. Last

Pope on Environment: ‘Time to Find Global Solutions Is Running Out’

Pope on Environment: ‘Time to Find Global Solutions Is Running Out’

In a message to the UN Climate Change Conference winding down in Lima, Pope Francis said that “there is a clear, definitive and urgent ethical imperative to act” to combat climate change. “The consequences of environmental change,” Francis said, “which

Pope Francis Now Enjoys 60% Approval Rating Worldwide

Pope Francis Now Enjoys 60% Approval Rating Worldwide

A new report by the Pew Research Center shows Pope Francis enjoying broad popularity throughout the world, with a median approval rating of 60 percent across 43 nations surveyed. The report was released Thursday and offers a global view of

Pope Francis Sets Record Straight on Vatican Marriage Summit

Pope Francis Sets Record Straight on Vatican Marriage Summit

Pope Francis spoke Wednesday about the recent Vatican Synod on marriage and the family, in an effort to correct the false impression that some may have had of what was really going on and to calm fears that things were

Pope to Christian Refugees in Iraq: ‘Your Resistance Is Martyrdom’

Pope to Christian Refugees in Iraq: ‘Your Resistance Is Martyrdom’

Pope Francis has sent a recorded video message to Christian refugees in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, which Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, France, delivered personally on Sunday. The Pope told the refugees that he would

Pope Francis Criticizes Media Coverage of October Marriage Synod

Pope Francis Criticizes Media Coverage of October Marriage Synod

In an extensive interview Sunday, Pope Francis said that much of the unrest generated by the recent Vatican marriage summit came from people only reading “some news in a newspaper, or an article,” rather than reading what the synod actually

No Talk of Gay Marriage at Synod, Pope Francis Declares

No Talk of Gay Marriage at Synod, Pope Francis Declares

Pope Francis has flatly denied that same-sex marriage was an issue at the recent Vatican marriage summit.  “Nobody mentioned homosexual marriage at the synod,” the Pope said in an interview Sunday. “It did not cross our minds.” The Pope suggested

Pope to Volunteers: Don’t Make Money Off the Poor

Pope to Volunteers: Don’t Make Money Off the Poor

“Continue along the path of voluntary and disinterested commitment,” Pope Francis encouraged international Christian service groups on Thursday. “There is so much need for a witness of the value of giving freely.” But, he warned, “the poor cannot become an

Pope Francis Sums Up Turkey Trip: ‘We Spoke of Violence’

Pope Francis Sums Up Turkey Trip: ‘We Spoke of Violence’

Addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square Wednesday, Pope Francis recounting his recent trip to Turkey, summing up his meeting with state officials with the words: “We spoke of violence.” Francis said that on the first

It Is the Muslims Who Must Condemn ISIS, Says Pope Francis

It Is the Muslims Who Must Condemn ISIS, Says Pope Francis

In their meeting this weekend, Pope Francis told Turkish President Erdogan that what is needed now is a worldwide condemnation of Islamic terrorism “from the Muslims themselves.” They need to distance themselves from ISIS and say: “That is not who

Pope Denounces Modern Slavery as ‘Crime against Humanity’

Pope Denounces Modern Slavery as ‘Crime against Humanity’

“Ten of millions of persons” presently suffer from “physical, economic, sexual and psychological exploitation,” Pope Francis said Tuesday. He declared that this “modern slavery–in the form of trafficking in persons, forced labor, prostitution, and organ trafficking–is a crime ‘against humanity.’”

Pope Francis Plans to Shrink Papal Cabinet

Pope Francis Plans to Shrink Papal Cabinet

In a recent interview, Pope Francis’ right-hand man for the reform of the Roman curia said we can expect serious downsizing of the offices that make up the Vatican bureaucracy. Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, the Honduran coordinator of the

Pope Urges Muslim Leaders to Condemn Islamist Terror

Pope Urges Muslim Leaders to Condemn Islamist Terror

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to “clearly” condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Francis said he had told Turkish President Recep Tayyip

Church Conservatives a Tiny Bit Buoyed About Synod Round Two

Church Conservatives a Tiny Bit Buoyed About Synod Round Two

The election of delegations from the US and Spain have Catholic conservatives at least slightly buoyed about their chances of winning the debate at the next and final Synod on family issues in the Catholic Church. The Extraordinary Synod that