Pope Francis

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Pope Francis Has a Message for Whiners

Keep out

(Newser) - Is Pope Francis getting tired of hearing about everyone's problems? Probably not, but a new sign posted on his apartment door at the Vatican warns there's "no whining" allowed inside. The sign was actually a kind of gag gift from Italian psychologist and self-help author Salvo Noe,... More »

Pope Makes a Major Change to Sainthood

He adds a fourth pathway

(Newser) - Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood. Until now, gaining consideration for sainthood in the Catholic Church required martyrdom, living a life of heroic values or—less frequently invoked—having a clear saintly reputation. The Vatican announced Tuesday that the pope has issued a new law outlining... More »

Pope Speaks on Dying Baby, Changes Vatican Position

Francis says parents should be allowed to do everything possible

(Newser) - Pope Francis has been following the heartbreaking case of Charlie Gard "with affection and sadness," and he believes the parents of the terminally ill British baby should be allowed to do everything possible to treat him, the Vatican said in a statement Sunday. "He prays that their... More »

Catholic Bishop Tells Priests: No Funerals for Gay Couples

The Bishop of Illinois also denies same-sex couples last rites

(Newser) - Two years after the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has issued a decree instructing his priests to not only refuse to perform gay marriage services but to deny Holy Communion, last rites, and funeral services to members of same-sex... More »

Catholics Tied to Mafia Could Be Excommunicated

The Vatican is eyeing a new legal doctrine

(Newser) - The Vatican is looking to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for mafia association and corruption, the AP reports. That's the decision reached this week after the Vatican hosted its first-ever conference on fighting corruption and organized crime. The meeting gathered 50 prosecutors, bishops, victims, and... More »

Trudeau Asks Pope to Apologize for Church Abuse

Francis seemed open to the idea

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Pope Francis on Monday, urging the pontiff to apologize to indigenous Canadians for more than a century of abuse at church-run schools. The pontiff seemed open to the idea, the Canadian Press reports. During a meeting at the Vatican, Trudeau went beyond the... More »

Catholic Spicer Reportedly Mad He Was Left Out of Pope Visit

President Trump's decision seen as a snub to press secretary

(Newser) - One of the hot topics among journalists in the wake of President Trump's visit to Pope Francis on Wednesday isn't about policy differences. Instead, it's about the president's perceived snub to Sean Spicer. CNN reports that the press secretary, who is a practicing Catholic, is seething... More »

Here's What Trump and the Pope Talked About

But the internet is more interested in photos from the meeting

(Newser) - While neither President Trump nor Pope Francis has said what the two talked about during their short private meeting Wednesday, White House and Vatican sources state the topics included terrorism, climate change, and peace, CNN reports. A statement from the Vatican states the pope talked about "the promotion of... More »

Trump, Pope Exchange Gifts

'It's a great honor,' president tells pontiff

(Newser) - President Trump met Pope Francis privately Wednesday morning and observers could detect no sign of discord between the president and the man he has clashed with on issues including climate change and immigration. After the talk, which lasted between 20 and 30 minutes, Francis gave Trump gifts, including a copy... More »

Pope Not Convinced by Virgin Mary Apparitions

He says alleged Bosnia visions 'don't have a lot of value'

(Newser) - Bad news for the pilgrimage business in Bosnia: Pope Francis has made it clear that he has serious doubts about the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, which bring up to a million visitors to the village every year. Six children in the town said in 1981 that... More »

Pope Discusses Game Plan for Trump Meeting

Pope Francis says he'll seek common ground, won't preach at president

(Newser) - Pope Francis says he won't try to convince President Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace, the AP reports. Francis said proselytizing isn't his style—in politics or religion.... More »

Pope Makes 2 Fatima Children Saints

A century ago, they said they saw the Virgin Mary

(Newser) - Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world's most important Catholic shrines. Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto... More »

This Is the 'Miracle' Behind Sainthood of Fatima Kids

Parents of Brazilian boy prayed to them, and their boy recovered

(Newser) - The parents of a Brazilian boy whose recovery from a severe brain injury is being cited by the Vatican as the "miracle" needed to canonize two Portuguese children broke their silence Thursday to share the story. Joao Baptista and his wife, Lucila Yurie, appeared before reporters at the Catholic... More »

Pope Foregoes Popemobile in Historic Egypt Visit

Security was tight for open-air Cairo mass

(Newser) - Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the second and final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis... More »

What Pope Francis Said in His Surprise TED Talk

Francis told the powerful they need to act humbly

(Newser) - Pope Francis had a message for the powerful in an unexpected talk aired at the TED conference Tuesday. "The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly," he said, per Reuters . The 18-minute talk,... More »

On Easter, Francis Breaks With Tradition

Francis gives impromptu homily on steps to St. Peter's Basilica

(Newser) - In an impromptu Easter Sunday speech, Pope Francis encouraged people to hold fast in their "fearful hearts" to faith despite all the wars, sickness, and hatred in the world, acknowledging that many wonder where God is amid so much evil and suffering. Tens of thousands of faithful braved heavy... More »

The Vatican Opens Free Laundromat for the Poor

Showers, a barbershop, medical services to be added soon

(Newser) - Those living in poverty in Rome will still be able to have clean clothes. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in the city, the Vatican announced Monday. It currently has six washing machines, six dryers, and some irons donated by Whirlpool; Proctor and Gamble is donating... More »

ISIS Claims Palm Sunday Bombings That Kill 37

Coptic Christians targeted twice in Egypt

(Newser) - Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State, reports the AP . In the first attack, a bomb exploded at Saint George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta,... More »

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 »

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