Pope Francis

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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 »

Pope's Comments on Plane Will Make Kim Davis Happy

Says government workers have a 'human right' to refuse gay marriage licenses

(Newser) - Pope Francis made news even while flying home to Rome after his US visit, weighing in on the issue of gay marriage with comments sure to please Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis . Asked whether government employees should be allowed to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the pope... More »

Pope to Huge Philly Crowd: This Is 'a Kind of Miracle'

Pope Francis caps 10-day trip with Mass for huge crowd

(Newser) - Pope Francis led hundreds of thousands of the faithful Sunday at the last and biggest event of his joyful, six-day US visit—a Mass on Philadelphia's grandest boulevard—after consoling victims of the church sex abuse scandal and offering words of hope to jail inmates. Riding through the streets... More »

After 13K Miles in '80 VW Bus, Family Meets Pope

They just hopped in the car ... 6 months ago in Argentina

(Newser) - Pope Francis has met with a family who made a 13,000-mile trip over 194 days from Argentina to Philadelphia in an old Volkswagen van. A Vatican spokesman says Francis met with Catire Walker and Noel Zemborain and their four children Sunday morning. Father Federico Lombardi says it was a... More »

Francis Meets Sex Abuse Survivors: 'God Weeps'

Pontiff vows oversight, says guilty will be punished

(Newser) - Wrapping up his American tour, Pope Francis says he has met with victims of clergy sexual abuse, saying succinctly in what the Washington Post characterizes as off-the-cuff remarks that "God weeps." Speaking today before seminarians and bishops in Philadelphia, Francis vowed "careful oversight" to prevent future abuse... More »

Pope Stops Car to Bless Boy in Wheelchair

Michael Keating, 10, has cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Pope Francis made an impromptu stop minutes after arriving at the Philadelphia airport this morning when he had his driver pull over so he could bless a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, NBC Philadelphia reports. The pope leaned over a barricade and kissed Michael Keating, who uses a wheelchair. He... More »

Philly Seminary Serving 'Holy' Beer During Pope's Stay

Do you think the pope will imbibe?

(Newser) - There's a distinct possibility that when Pope Francis kicks back after a long day of appearances and addresses in Philadelphia today, he'll relax with a frosty glass of local pope-inspired beer, the AP reports. The St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where Pope Francis will be sleeping and resting during... More »

Congressman Swipes Pope's Water Glass

He shares sips from the holy glass with his wife and staffers

(Newser) - As Pope Francis left the chamber after addressing Congress yesterday, legislators crowded around him, hoping to get a moment with the leader of the Catholic Church. But one man wasn't among them. That's because Rep. Bob Brady of Philadelphia was too busy swiping the pope's water glass,... More »

Pope's Tiny Car Makes Big Impression

'It's just such a perfect metaphor for his message'

(Newser) - Pope Francis' small black Fiat made quite an impression this week in Washington DC, buffered on either side by the large SUVs of his motorcade, NPR reports. "It looks like a clown car when they all get in it," a director of the Catholic University of America says.... More »

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