Pope Francis

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Homeless Get Day at Beach, Pizza —on the Pope

Francis is treating dozens to a taste of normalcy this summer

(Newser) - Pope Francis this summer is treating dozens of Rome's homeless to a day at the beach and dinner in a pizzeria on the way back, reports the AP . The pontiff's almsgiver, Polish monsignor Konrad Krajewski, told the La Stampa daily that he drives a van with 10 people... More »

Pope Prays in Saint's Former Cell at Auschwitz

He entered on foot, made a silent visit

(Newser) - Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. Francis entered the camp on foot, walking slowly beneath... More »

Pope: Christians Should Apologize for Offending Gays

He also thinks Brexit was a mistake

(Newser) - It was quintessential Pope Francis: On a plane journey back from a foreign trip on Sunday, the pontiff made a statement that once would have been considered jaw-droppingly radical. In a response to a reporter's question, Francis said the church should apologize for offending and discriminating against gays over... More »

Pope Returns Donation, Noting It Had 666 in It

There's no love lost between him and Argentina's president

(Newser) - When Pope Francis first met with the newly elected president of his native Argentina in February, the Buenos Aires Herald termed their 22 minutes together as "frosty." Relations don't seem to have improved much since, with the Guardian reporting that a donation President Mauricio Macri made to... More »

Pope Open to First Female Clergy In Over 1K Years

He promises commission to consider female deacons

(Newser) - During a meeting with an international group of nuns on Thursday, Pope Francis casually mentioned that he's open to making the biggest change to women's role in the Catholic Church in more than 1,000 years. When one of the sisters asked about the possibility of a commission... More »

Pope Slams Pedophilia in Case of Girl Thrown Off Balcony

Fortuna Loffredo, 6, died near Naples in 2014

(Newser) - Six-year-old Fortuna Loffredo fell to her death from an eighth-story balcony in Italy two years ago. Now authorities are saying a man next door sexually abused and murdered her, and Pope Francis is speaking up about the horror of sex crimes, Reuters reports. Pedophiles deserve "severe punishment," he... More »

Pope Shakes Hands With Sanders Out of 'Good Manners'

He denies it was a political endorsement of any kind

(Newser) - Pope Francis says he briefly greeted US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the two shook hands. He describes the encounter as a sign of good manners, "nothing more," the AP reports. The pope says it wasn't evidence that he was getting mixed up in American politics. Francis... More »

Pope Visits Refugee Camp, Takes 12 Home With Him

He took 12 Syrian refugees on the plane with him

(Newser) - Pope Francis made an emotional visit to Greece on Saturday to thank its people for welcoming migrants and meet with refugees as the European Union implements a controversial plan to deport them back to Turkey . The Vatican has confirmed that 12 Syrian refugees, all of them Muslim, are traveling with... More »

Bernie Sanders Accepts Invitation to the Vatican

He'll attend a conference on social, economic, environmental issues

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders said Friday he will attend a Vatican City conference on social, economic, and environmental issues next week, making the symbolic overseas trip ahead of a pivotal New York primary against Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator has long been an admirer of Pope Francis on issues of wealth inequality... More »

Pope's New Doc on Family, Marriage: Don't Throw 'Stones'

Pontiff's 'Joy of Love' calls for embrace of the divorced, single parents—but not gay marriage

(Newser) - There's been plenty of talk of "revolution" on the campaign trail this year, and now Pope Francis wants to start his own regarding marriage, divorce, sex, and family life, issuing a major document Friday that addresses these issues while calling for one's conscience, rather than hard-and-fast rules,... More »

Amid Easter Joy, Pope Laments 'Blind, Brutal Terrorism'

Francis mingles with crowds at Vatican, despite threats

(Newser) - Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere, as well as expressing dismay that people fleeing war or poverty are being denied welcome as European countries squabble over the refugee crisis. Tens... More »

The Pope Is on Instagram Now

And so far his account is refreshingly free of cats and sunsets

(Newser) - Pope Francis officially joined the Instagram generation on Saturday, and he's already bringing a unique voice to the social media platform—in that his first post wasn't a cat video, photo of food, or selfie. Instead, His Holiness—or @franciscus, as he's now known on Instagram— posted... More »

Mother Teresa Will Be a Saint

Pope Francis announces her canonization will be held on Sept. 4

(Newser) - It's official: Mother Teresa will be made a saint of the Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, reports Reuters . Pope Francis, who signed off on the missionary's second miracle in December, announced the move at a meeting of cardinals on Tuesday. Teresa died in 1997 at... More »

4 Nuns Murdered in Attack on Elderly Care Home in Yemen

The Vatican condemns it as an 'act of senseless and diabolical violence'

(Newser) - Four Catholic nuns and 12 others were killed during an attack on a home for the elderly Friday in Yemen, in what the Vatican is condemning as an "act of senseless and diabolical violence," CNN reports. According to the AP , six gunmen got past the home's gate... More »

Among Nobel Nominees: Pope, Merkel ... Trump?

And also against 374 other nominees in a record year

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have settled his recent beef with Pope Francis , but there may be a new skirmish brewing between the two—this time over the Nobel Peace Prize. The GOP frontrunner and the pontiff are both among the record number of nominees this year, the Guardian reports. The previous... More »

Pope to Catholic Leaders: No Executions This Year

He says there are no exceptions to 'do not kill'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has urged Catholic leaders to show "exemplary" courage by not allowing executions this year, while expressing hope that eventually the death penalty will be abolished worldwide. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that "the commandment 'do not kill' holds... More »

Argument About Vatican Having Walls Not Quite Right

Vatican City isn't surrounded by them

(Newser) - When Pope Francis suggested Donald Trump's plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico was "not Christian," Trump's senior adviser shot back. "Amazing comments from the pope—considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls," Dan Scavino tweeted Thursday. Rush Limbaugh... More »

Pope: Contraception Could Be OK in Zika Crisis

It's not an 'absolute evil,' he says

(Newser) - Pope Francis has suggested women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception, saying "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil" in light of the global epidemic. The pope unequivocally rejected abortion as a response to the crisis in remarks Wednesday as he flew home after a five-day... More »

Pope on Trump: A Person Who Builds Only Walls 'Is Not Christian'

The Donald

(Newser) - The latest to tussle with Donald Trump: Pope Francis. When asked Thursday about the presidential contender while returning from a six-day visit to Mexico, he responded, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," reports the New ... More »

Pope Gets a Little Angry at Aggressive Supporter

'Don't be selfish!'

(Newser) - It's Pope Francis as you've never seen him: a little ticked off. While the pontiff was greeting people Tuesday in a crowd in Morelia, Mexico, somebody got a little too aggressive after grabbing his hand and caused Francis to fall forward onto a man in a wheelchair, reports... More »

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