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Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports


Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

LIVE: Palm Sunday 2020 with Pope Francis

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the online Palm Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis, live from Vatican City at 5 pm (Manila time)

[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:49 AM

'We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick.'

TEMPEST. A general view shows Pope Francis (center) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter's Square the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late February

NEGATIVE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020, by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

Italian clergyman in Pope's residence tests positive for virus

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Italian newspapers say the 83-year-old Pope Francis has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold at the end of last month

HOLY SEE. File photo of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican taken on December 29, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope urges 'small gestures' such as phone calls to fight off isolation

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:02 PM

'They are gestures of tenderness, of affection, of compassion, which are nonetheless decisive and important – for example, a hot dish, a caress, a hug, a phone call,' says Pope Francis

HUGS AND PHONE CALLS. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing over an empty St. Peter square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:39 PM

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12

People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe. On top of the forced quarantine of 15 million people in vast areas of northern Italy until April 3, the government has also closed schools, nightclubs and casinos throughout the country, according to the text of the decree published on the government website. With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

Vatican closes to tourists – but not the faithful

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:31 AM

A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square

WINDOW. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 29, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana/Fabi

'Caged' Pope Francis receives guests – from afar

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The Vatican releases pictures showing bishops seated in armchairs spaced a meter apart, in keeping with Italian government regulations aimed at fighting an illness that has killed 366 people in Italy in just over two weeks

CAGED. People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis voices support for virus victims in first livestream prayer

Mar 08, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Pope Francis delivers his message from the Vatican Library

Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The Pope, who suffered from cough, is also pulling out of an annual spiritual retreat south of Rome to stay at home and get well

LIVESTREAM. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Pope 'tests negative for coronavirus' as Vatican ups controls

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,' says a Vatican spokesman

NEGATIVE. In this file photo, Pope Francis gives mass at the centuries-old colonial Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama's patron saint, in Panama City on January 26, 2019. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:31 AM

Why did Pius XII stay silent during the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust?

PONTIFF. Pope Pius XII meets with people from Rome's San Lorenzo district, after a violent bombardment caused severe damage to the buildings and the entire neighborhood during WWII. Photo by ANSA/AFP

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:52 PM

This comes as Italy grapples with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. But the Vatican makes no reference to the disease in its announcement.

MORE CANCELLATIONS. Pope Francis (L) kisses a child at the end of his weekly general audience on February 26, 2020, in St Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope has 'mild ailment,' skips mass – Vatican

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The pontiff very rarely cancels an appointment in his busy schedule

'MILD AILMENT.' Pope Francis blows his nose as he leads the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope convenes bishops' synod in 2022

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants

SYNOD. Pope Francis calls for a synod. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope prays for coronavirus victims

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:37 AM

'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says

BLESSED. An attendee kisses the hand of Pope Francis during the weekly general audience on February 12, 2020 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play

GREEN. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

7 years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:58 PM

As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he celebrates the Midnight Mass for Christmas, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. shutterstock.com

Pope to visit Malta in May

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:32 PM

The visit, to both the main island of Malta and the archipelago's island of Gozo, is the pontiff's first announced journey for 2020

VISITING MALTA. Pope Francis addresses worshipers from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus prayer on February 9, 2020 in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'

Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people, on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances

PONTIFFS. Pope Francis (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. (Photo by Handout/Vatican handout/AFP)

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate crisis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community

CLIMATE ACTIVIST. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

NBA fines 'reckless' Portis after flagrant foul on Caldwell-Pope

Jan 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Knicks forward Bobby Portis gets fined after smacking Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the head

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: Pope Francis says bible is a 'dangerous' book

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.

FALSE: 'Photo' of Pope Francis staring at a woman's chest

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee's hand

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pope Francis confesses he had 'lost patience' with the admirer who had grabbed his hand

Time for change

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The New Year prods us

FALSE: 'Photo' of 'second fall in a month' by Pope Francis

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The images used in the post are old photos taken on July 28, 2016, when Pope Francis fell during the Holy Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Czestochowa, Poland

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Pope Francis prays for Filipinos hit by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:17 PM

'I pray for the numerous victims, the wounded, and for their families,' says the Pope

PRAYER FOR PH. Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Burkina Faso in mourning amid wave of jihadist attacks

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:48 AM

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bloodshed

Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope shakes up cardinals with further Vatican reform

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses

Pope admits Church losing clout, calls for 'change in mentality'

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis

CHANGE OF THINKING. Pope Francis calls on the Roman Curia to embrace new ideas as they lose influence in the modern world. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:02 AM

The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) celebrates a mass for the Filipino community on December 15, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Cardinal Tagle to lead top Vatican office

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Pope Francis names Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as part of his 'Cabinet,' making Tagle one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Hindreds of priests from different diocesea of the Archdiocese of Manila concelebrated with the archbishop. Photo by Angie de Silva

Pope Francis meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:02 PM

The meeting occurs despite pleas that it would be totally unwise given 'the serious and grave nature of the accusations and allegations which are plaguing' the government

Pope Francis to lead Aguinaldo Mass in Rome on December 15

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:32 AM

It will be first time for Pope Francis to lead the Aguinaldo Mass at St Peter's Basilica

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP

'The Two Popes' review: Two Thumbs Up

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Put under 'My List' on your Netflix account right now

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