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Pope Francis summons bishops for meeting on protecting minors

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The Philippines' representative is expected to be Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis prays during a weekly general audience at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on November 22, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis

'NANAY AMBA.' Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis on September 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vatican News

Pope declines to comment on Cardinal McCarrick allegations

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'I will not say a word about that. I think that the communique speaks for itself,' the Pontiff says

ONBOARD PRESSER. File photo of Pope Francis talking with journalists aboard a plane on June 21, 2018. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Nicaraguans turn saint's holiday into peace march

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Protesters say they are determined to keep up demonstrations to force President Daniel Ortega's resignation, or at least to hold early elections

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Vatican announces the departure of Philip Wilson, sentenced to a year in detention earlier this month after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge of concealing abuse by a pedophile priest

Vatican launches live translation app for papal events

Jul 28, 2018 - 2:10 AM

The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

MASS TRANSLATION. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. A new app will level a few language barriers as it translates the Pope in real-time. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP


Vatican jails Italian priest for child porn

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleads guilty in the opening day of the court hearing on Friday

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s

Pope Francis meets with participants at the Children's Train event at the Vatican on June 9, 2018  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis urges oil majors to combat global warming, aid poor

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:32 PM

'Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!' says the Pope

POPE. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Taekwondo for peace: Korean youths perform for Pope Francis

May 30, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The young Koreans unfurl a banner reading 'Peace is more precious than victory'

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Pope aide Pell to stand trial on multiple sex abuse charges

May 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'Not guilty,' the top aide to Pope Francis says loudly and without hesitation when asked his plea, a stance he has taken since first being charged last year

POPE'S AIDE. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Parents of terminally ill UK toddler launch new legal bid

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Doctors have removed the ventilator support of British boy Alfie Evans, who suffers from a rare neurological disease, but he has continued breathing independently for more than a day

TERMINALLY ILL. Supporters of seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans demonstrate outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England.  Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Pope Francis speaks out for terminally-ill British toddler

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:08 PM

'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope

LIFE. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Pope Francis expresses his 'shame' and 'pain' for the suffering of the victims and pledges to meet them

CHILE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Pope Francis says he intends to summon 32 Chilean bishops to Rome to discuss an investigation into the abuse carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis meets student beaten for defending gay couple

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:35 PM

On 11 November 2016, Marin, then a third-year university student studying law and political science, came to the defense of a gay couple who were being attacked by a gang of youths after kissing at a bus stop

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat in child sex abuse probe

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:26 AM

It is the latest case the Catholic Church has faced after repeated criticism for the way it has handled scandals over pedophile priests

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican rules out 'imminent' China bishop deal

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:13 PM

China's roughly 12 million Catholics are divided between a government-run association and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent – Chinese prelate

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

One historical sex charge against Vatican finance chief withdrawn

Mar 02, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, who denies all the claims, faces a crucial 4-week hearing starting in Melbourne on Monday, March 5, to determine if he stands trial

GEORGE PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. File photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:32 PM

"For the first time I feel they are listening to us," says Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean priest Fernando Karadima

ABUSE. Chilean priest Fernando Karadima leaves the court of Santiago on November 11, 2015 after declaring as witness in a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago for allegedly sexual abuse cover up. Photo by Vladimir Rodas/AFP

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley

VATICAN CITY. In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

LIVE: House hearing on divorce

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Watch the livestream of the hearing on divorce and other grounds for dissolving a marriage here

Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The second and final leg of his weeklong South American trip includes stops in Puerto Maldonado, where he will be welcomed by indigenous people, from Peru as well as neighboring Brazil and Bolivia

WAITING. A street vendor offers posters of Pope Francis at the main plaza in the Amazonian town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on January 18, 2018. Photo byCris Bouroncle/AFP

Turkish President Erdogan to visit Pope Francis on February 5

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:59 PM

The Argentine pope met Erdogan during his trip to Turkey in November 2014. The return visit will be the first by a Turkish president since 1959.

ERDOGAN AND THE POPE. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis upon his arrival for a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on November 28, 2014. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Pope Francis urges peace and understanding for migrants

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Pope Francis marks the World Day of Peace by taking up the theme of the ongoing migrant crisis

WORLD DAY OF PEACE. Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018.  Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope talks about U.S.-Jerusalem issue with Jordan's King

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah greets Pope Francis as 'my dear friend and brother,' presenting him a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, featuring the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher

VISITOR. Pope Francis greets Jordan's King Abdullah II during a private meeting at the Vatican, on December 19, 2017. Photo by  Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

#PugadBaboy: The Measure of a Gay Man

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Duterte meets Pope Francis' new envoy to PH

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:23 AM

The President receives the Vatican's new envoy to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, on December 6 in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Papal Nuncio-Designate Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See Most Reverend Gabriele Caccia at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pope Francis says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:34 AM

'I wept, I tried to do it in a way that it couldn't be seen. They wept too. I told myself 'I cannot leave without saying a word to them,'' says Pope Francis after his visit to Bangladesh

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis refers to 'Rohingya' after meeting refugees

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

'Today the presence of God is also called Rohingya,' the Pope says after an emotional encounter with refugees who have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar.

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis urges world to act on Rohingya refugee crisis

Nov 30, 2017 - 10:17 PM

Pope Francis praises Bangladesh for taking in the mass exodus across the border into overcrowded makeshift camps since a fresh outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state in late August

MEETING. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows the President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid (left) and Pope Francis on November 30, 2017 during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Dhaka. HO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / AFP

Pope lands in Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Pope Francis is spending 3 days in mainly-Muslim Bangladesh, which is also grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism that has seen Catholics attacked for their faith

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis arrives at the airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on November 30, 2017. Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Pope 'moral authority' undiminished after Myanmar visit, says Vatican

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:51 PM

'People are not expected to solve impossible problems and the moral authority of the Pope stands,' Vatican spokesman Greg Burke tells reporters at the tail end of a four-day trip to Myanmar

Pope Francis sidesteps Rohingya crisis in Myanmar address

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Sharing a stage with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, the Pontiff does not address the Rohingya crisis head-on, instead he tip-toes around the unfolding humanitarian emergency

FIRST SPEECH. Pope Francis reads a speech during an event in Naypyidaw on November 28, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Meet the Pope's new envoy to the Philippines

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:56 AM

'Please help me do my mission,' says the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, in his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral

VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new papal nuncio to the Philippines, makes his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope Francis to meet Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:11 PM

The head of the Roman Catholic, who has repeatedly spoken out over the persecution of the religious minority by the Myanmar authorities, plans to meet a small group of Rohingyas during an interfaith meeting scheduled for Friday, December 1

FOR THE MARGINALIZED. Pope Francis prays during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on November 22, 2017 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis admits to snoozing while praying

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

The head of the Roman Catholic Church confesses he sometimes falls asleep while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye

SNOOZE. Pope Francis ooks at a child as he attends a meeting with members of the Scholas Occurrentes initiative, in Palazzo San Calisto in Rome on October 26, 2017.  Photo by Andrew Medichini/AFP

Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:31 PM

Despite despite the dry, religious nature of most of his tweets Pope Francis is a powerhouse on Twitter

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP