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Fatima Siblings Will Become Saints

Children who saw visions of Mary will be canonized, church says

(Newser) - The two young siblings who Catholics believe saw a vision of the Madonna six times in the Portuguese village of Fatima in 1917 will be made saints, the Vatican said Thursday, per Reuters . Francisco and Jacinta Marto, along with their cousin Lucia Dos Santos, said they received three messages or... More »

Fortune Names World's 10 Best Leaders

Theo Epstein, Jack Ma top the list

(Newser) - The world's greatest leaders aren't necessarily heading countries. Indeed, the greatest leader is US politics is an Army general, according to Fortune 's fourth annual list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. However, each individual on the list—43 of whom appear for the first time—... More »

American Girl Steals Pope's Hat During Vatican Visit

The Pope went in for a kiss, but little Estella Westrick had other ideas

(Newser) - Luckily for little Estella Westrick, Pope Francis is known as the forgiving type. Us Magazine reports a Vatican official lifted the 3-year-old girl up so the Pope could kiss her cheek Wednesday, and she took the opportunity to steal his hat. "It was hilarious," Estrella's godfather, Mountain... More »

Pope: Married Men May Be Solution to 'Enormous Problem'

Francis considering letting already wed men become ordained as priests

(Newser) - The Roman Catholic Church has an "enormous problem," Pope Francis told German newspaper Die Zeit in an interview published Thursday: a dearth of clergy. To solve that issue, CNN reports, the pontiff is considering tapping into "viri probati"—"tested men," or married ones. What... More »

Vatican's Priest Abuse Panel Loses Only Survivor

Marie Collins quits commission, calls Vatican's behavior 'shameful'

(Newser) - The only remaining sexual abuse survivor on the Vatican's commission dealing with sexual abuse by priests has quit over what she calls "shameful" push back from the Vatican, Reuters reports. Marie Collins says the "last straw" for her was when the Vatican administration ignored a request from... More »

Pope Quietly Trims Sanctions for Sex Abusers

He declined to defrock priest found guilty of sex crimes against children

(Newser) - Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received... More »

Pope Francis on When It Might Be 'Better to Be an Atheist'

He says Catholics are hypocrites if they don't treat their employees well

(Newser) - "How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist,'" Pope Francis said Thursday while speaking of hypocritical Christians. Reuters reports the pope made the remarks while delivering an off-the-cuff homily during his private... More »

Is Steve Bannon's Next Fight Against Pope Francis?

He's reportedly aligned with the pope's conservative critics within the church

(Newser) - A spate of headlines this week have surfaced about Trump adviser Steve Bannon and his views on Pope Francis. The stories center on allegations that Bannon, a Catholic, has joined forces with the pope's conservative critics within the church in order to torpedo the pontiff's agenda. A look... More »

Knights of Malta Chief Quits Amid Condom Dispute

He publicly disagreed with Pope Francis

(Newser) - The head of the Knights of Malta resigned after entering into a public spat with Pope Francis over the ouster of a top official involved in a condom scandal, a spokeswoman for the ancient lay Catholic order said Wednesday. Matthew Festing met with the pope on Tuesday and offered his... More »

Francis to Christians: Celebrate 'Authentically'

Emphasizes plight of children in Christmas message, especially those 'not allowed to be born'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has wished Christmas peace for people scarred by wars and those who lost loved ones to terrorism that he says is sowing "fear and death" in many cities and countries, reports the AP . Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, Francis cited those... More »

Pope Thinks Media Has Problem With Poop

Francis says scandal-obsessed media serves feces and people gobble it up

(Newser) - The pope is very concerned about the media's love of poop and the public's desire to eat said poop, CNN reports. "The media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey ... to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate... More »

Pope Francis Makes It Easier to Forgive Abortion

All priests can now absolve the 'grave sin'

(Newser) - Pope Francis temporarily gave Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion during the Church's "Holy Year of Mercy," which ended Sunday. In a letter released Monday, however, the pope "extended" the right to priests, suggesting it would last at least until the end of his... More »

Pope Francis Gives Definitive Answer on Female Priests

And it's not what a lot of people were hoping for

(Newser) - Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church will never, ever have female priests. Reuters reports Francis offered "some of his most definitive remarks on the issue" during a flight back from Sweden, where he had met with the female head of the Lutheran Church. "St. Pope John Paul... More »

Scattering Ashes a Big No-No, Says Vatican

Keeping an urn full of ashes isn't allowed, either

(Newser) - Keeping the cremated ashes of a loved one in an urn on your mantel is officially against the rules for Catholics. New guidelines from the Vatican state that ashes must never be scattered or kept by family members, but held in a "sacred place" like a cemetery, reports the... More »

Francis Names 17 Cardinals; 13 Can Vote on His Successor

3 of them are Americans, including one banished from Vatican by Benedict

(Newser) - Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals Sunday—13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including leading US moderate Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin. As is Francis' tradition, the... More »

Priest Murdered by ISIS Already on Path to Sainthood

Jacques Hamel was murdered in his church in France

(Newser) - An 85-year-old French priest murdered in his own church by Islamic militants in July is already being prepped for sainthood, Reuters reports. Speaking during a Mass Wednesday at the Vatican, Pope Francis called Jacques Hamel a "good, humble man" and a martyr. "He gave his life for us... More »

Mother Teresa Is Now Saint Teresa

Pope canonizes nun from Kolkata

(Newser) - Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honoring the tiny nun for having taken in society's most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." Francis held up Mother Teresa as the model for a Catholic Church that... More »

The 'Complex, Mysterious' Path to Sainthood of Mother Teresa

Her canonization happens Sunday

(Newser) - Agnes Bojaxhiu (known best to the world as Mother Teresa) will be canonized Sunday at the Vatican, and half a million people are expected to be present in St. Peter's Square as one of the world's most famous religious icons attains sainthood in a two-hour ceremony led by... More »

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 »

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