Pope Francis

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Why History Will Happen in Cuba's 'Threadbare' Airport

Plus more on pontiff's historic meeting in Havana with Russian Patriarch Kirill

(Newser) - Pope Francis is joining up with Patriarch Kirill in Havana on Friday, a historic event that marks the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church is meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, notes NBC News , which outlines all the background behind this "religious rendezvous.... More »

Pope Plans to End 1K-Year-Old Russian Rift

Francis will meet with leader of Russian Orthodox Church

(Newser) - Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday. The Feb. 12 meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill will be the first... More »

Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Pope, Speaks Italian

Actor also gave Francis a check

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio greeted Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern for the environment and gave the pontiff a check from his charitable foundation. "Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you," DiCaprio said in Italian as he arrived in the Apostolic... More »

Pope Begs Protestants' Forgiveness

Talks unity ahead of visit to Sweden for Reformation anniversary

(Newser) - Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians, reports the AP . On Monday, Francis asked forgiveness for the "sin of our divisions"—an appeal he made in June last year during a visit... More »

Guess Who Tied the Pope in 'Most Admired Man' Poll

Donald Trump finishes behind Obama, however

(Newser) - Gallup's annual poll on the most admired people is making headlines, but not because of the No. 1 spots for men and women. Those are the relatively boring picks of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (who have now held the top slot eight and 20 times, respectively). It's... More »

As Christians Celebrate, Pope Laments 'Culture of Indifference'

Francis' Christmas Eve homily calls for simplicity, balance in face of excess

(Newser) - In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus' birth as he rebuked what he called societies' intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance, and wealth. Christians around the world joyfully prepared to recall the birth of Jesus. But in his only public Christmas Mass, in the splendor... More »

Pope Signs Off on Mother Teresa's 2nd Miracle

She'll become a saint in 2016

(Newser) - Mother Teresa is set to finish 2016 as one of the Catholic Church's newest saints after a big decision from Pope Francis. The missionary, who spent most of her life working with the poor in India, was beatified in 2003, and the AP reports that Pope Francis has now... More »

Vatican to Catholics: Stop Trying to Convert Jews

Help them fight anti-Semitism instead: new report

(Newser) - The Vatican is taking steps toward fixing its long-troubled history with the Jewish faith with the Thursday release of a 10,000-word document that instructs Catholics to help Jews fight anti-Semitism instead of trying to convert them, Reuters reports. The Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews explained that Catholicism... More »

Family Celebrates Baby's Recovery After Pope's Kiss

Gianna's tumor appears to be shrinking

(Newser) - Baby Gianna Masciantonio developed a rare brain tumor just weeks after her birth last year when her red blood cells attacked her brain stem. After multiple chemotherapy treatments, an August brain scan revealed that the tumor was still there, and parents Joey and Kristen Masciantonio decided to do one more... More »

Pope on Emissions: 'Catastrophic' If Special Interests Butt In

Francis spoke at African UN headquarters in Nairobi on fossil fuels

(Newser) - Pope Francis warned Thursday it would be "catastrophic" if special interests get in the way of a global agreement to curb the fossil fuel emissions blamed for global warming at a climate change meeting next week in Paris. In a speech at African UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Francis... More »

Pope: This Year, Christmas Is a 'Charade'

'The world has not understood the way of peace'

(Newser) - Christmas is approaching and it's time for weeping, according to Pope Francis, who has been paying far too much attention to world events to be in a festive mood. During a Mass last week, the pontiff described this year's holiday season as a "charade" taking place in... More »

Pope on Vatican Leaks: 'Deplorable Act That Doesn't Help'

But vows the reforms will continue

(Newser) - In his first public comments on the latest scandal rocking the Vatican, Pope Francis told followers in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that the theft of Vatican documents describing financial malfeasance inside the Holy See was a "crime" but pledged to continue reforms. The pope said that publishing... More »

Priest Sits in Vatican Jail Cell, Accused of Leak

An Italian laywoman was also arrested

(Newser) - In 2013, Pope Francis created a financial reform commission, one disbanded a year later having "carried out its mandate," as the New York Times puts it. Today, a Spanish priest who served on that commission sits in a Vatican City jail cell, as one of two people arrested... More »

Pope on Divorce, Gays: 'Today Is a Time of Mercy!'

Closes out bishops' synod with some gains on divorce, homosexuality

(Newser) - Pope Francis closed out a three-week bishops' synod on Sunday with something of a victory lap, appearing to chastise conservative Catholic leaders for excluding swaths of the faithful, including divorced and gay Catholics. "A faith that does not know how to grow roots into the lives of people stays... More »

'Shady' Group 'Played' Pope During His US Visit

Meet the anti-LGBT group called Liberty Counsel

(Newser) - Pope Francis' encounter with Kim Davis generated much media buzz and some clarification from the Vatican . Now the Daily Beast looks at an anti-LGBT legal group called Liberty Counsel that supported Davis and spun the story in her favor—but the profile is none too flattering. "At the end... More »

Hardline Archbishop Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

Her lawyer is now feuding with the Vatican

(Newser) - A Vatican official says there is now "a sense of regret" that Pope Francis ever met Kim Davis, reports Reuters —and that could be bad news for the archbishop who set up the meeting. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US, was appointed by... More »

Pope Met With Gay Couple Day Before He Met Kim Davis

Yayo Grassi, old Argentine pal of the pope's, brought his partner of 19 years

(Newser) - Kim Davis supporters who were whooping it up that the Kentucky clerk met up with Pope Francis last week may be dialing down their excitement a bit. First the Vatican announced Friday that their brief visit wasn't an endorsement of Davis' decision to not issue marriage licenses to gay... More »

Vatican: Pope's Kim Davis Visit Wasn't What You Think

It 'should not be considered a form of support of her position,' says rep

(Newser) - After Pope Francis met with Kim Davis during his US visit, a Los Angeles Times editorial framed the meeting as having "inevitably created the impression that the pope agreed with her assertion of a religious right to defy the US Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage." The... More »

Kim Davis Secretly Met Pope Francis

'I had tears coming out of my eyes'

(Newser) - The leader of the world's Catholics found time during his US visit to meet a Protestant county clerk from Kentucky. “I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Kim Davis tells ABC News of her meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday in Washington. “... More »

Vandals Hit Statue of Saint Canonized by Pope Francis

California site damaged, defaced

(Newser) - Vandals defaced a statue of Father Junipero Serra at the Carmel Mission in California, the final resting place of the missionary newly canonized by Pope Francis. Vandals struck Saturday night, damaging statues, gravesites, and signs and slathering doors with green and white paint, Carmel Police Sgt. Luke Powell tells the... More »

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