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Pope Francis sanctions former U.S. bishop accused of sexual harassment

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2019 A general view shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on May, 14, 2019, to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis appoints new Vatican spokesman

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Matteo Bruni, who has worked in the Holy See Press Office since 2009 and coordinated the press on the pontiff's international trips since 2013, takes over from interim spokesman Alessandro Gisotti

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) greets journalists on his flight from Rome to Havana on September 19, 2015. File photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Pope Francis tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'

BLESSING. This photo taken and handout on July 8, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing a child as he celebrates a mass for migrants on July 8, 2019 in the Vatican. Handout/Vatican Media/AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'humanitarian corridors' for migrant rescues

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Pope Francis says 'the international community cannot accept such grave incidents'

Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. - Nearly 40 migrants were killed and more than 70 wounded in an air strike on their detention centre in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an emergency services spokesman told AFP. "This is a preliminary assessment and the toll could rise," said spokesman Osama Ali. He said 120 migrants were detained in the hangar, which was directly hit by the strike. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

Pope Francis asks priests 'be merciful' to sailors, fishermen

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:41 AM

'The life of a sailor or fisherman is characterized by isolation and distance,' the Pope tells a delegation of priests from the Stella Maris network which operates in 300 ports around the world

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Iraq officially invites Pope to visit

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'I am honored to officially extend an invitation to Your Holiness to visit Iraq – the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the faithful and messenger of the divine religions,' says President Barham Saleh

IRAQ INVITES POPE. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis names Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75

NEW APPOINTMENT. Pope Francis names Father Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches in the Philippines. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis beatifies 7 Communist-era bishops in Romania

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Pope Francis says the 7 Greco-Catholic bishops 'suffered and sacrificed their lives, opposing a system of totalitarian and coercive ideology'

Pope Francis to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

May 31, 2019 - 3:23 PM

During the 3-day trip to Romania, Pope Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Pope Francis condemns abortion as use of 'paid killer'

May 25, 2019 - 10:47 PM

'Is it lawful to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,' says the Pope

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

Pope's charity czar brings light to child squatters

May 12, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski broke a police seal to turn the electricity back on in a Rome building where 450 people had been living without light or hot water since May 6

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope to preach unity to North Macedonia

May 07, 2019 - 12:31 PM

People of all faiths are scooping up the 15,000 tickets to attend the Pope's mass in Skopje's main square, to be held just down the street from where Mother Teresa was baptized in 1910

POPE FRANCIS IN BULGARIA. Pope Francis delivers a speech during an inter-faith "meeting for peace" on Nezavisimost (Independence) square in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, on May 6, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis asks Bulgarians to 'open hearts' to migrants

May 05, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pope Francis urges Bulgarians to 'not close your eyes, your hearts, or your hands to those who knock at your door'

Pope urges hairdressers to cut gossip

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

He said the cosmetologists should be guided by their patron saint, Peruvian Martino de Porres

NO GOSSIP. Pope Francis welcomed hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians to the Vatican but warned them not to indulge in gossip while feathering locks or painting fingernails. File photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The refugees' situation 'which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict,' says the Pope

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Lami/AFP

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Mass for Easter Sunday 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

After the Easter Sunday liturgy, Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) speech. Watch it live on Rappler.

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

[OPINION] A change of heart: Living the Laudato Si way

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Without realizing that everything is connected with one another, as emphasized in the 'Laudato Si,' we become ignorant to just how our individual actions can make a big impact'

Vatican says to host South Sudan warring rivals

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The arch-rivals will attend 'an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust,' the Vatican says in a statement

VATICAN RETREAT. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Pope Francis promises 'healing' of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests

Worshippers reach out to Pope Francis (C) as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating a mass, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 31, 2019.  Fadel SENNA / AFP

Pope Francis in Morocco warns Catholics off converting others

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Christians are a tiny minority in Morocco where 99% of the population is Muslim

Pope Francis opposes fanaticism, pushes dialogue in Morocco trip

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Improving relations with other religions has been a priority for the Argentine pontiff, whose papacy has been marred by a wave of child sex abuse allegations against clergy

FANATICISM. Pope Francis defends "freedom of conscience" and "religious freedom" in his trip to Morocco. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope issues new child abuse legislation for Vatican City

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Anyone convicted of abuse must be 'removed from office' under the new legislation

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope resisted ring-kissing for fear of spreading germs

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Vatican says Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs. This is in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.

VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis pays homage to 85-year-old Sr. Maria Concetta Esu giving her a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on March 27, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Mozambique is reeling from a cyclone and floods that this month killed nearly 500 people and sparked cases of cholera

SEPTEMBER VISIT. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after the mass of Easter on April 1, 2018 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati – Vatican

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Ricardo Ezzati is the 7th senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which Pope Francis insists must be remedied

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PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal in sex abuse cover-up

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:59 PM

(UPDATED) The pope's decision triggers sharp surprise from the chairman of the Bishops' Conference of France, who terms the situation 'unheard of'

RESIGNATION REJECTED. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18

MEETING POPE FRANCIS. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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Give up gossip for Lent 2019, says Pope Francis

Mar 06, 2019 - 12:39 PM

'We are experts in finding the bad things in others and not seeing our own,' says Pope Francis

ASH WEDNESDAY. Catholics attend an early morning Mass at Saint Peter Parish along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon to mark the Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pope Francis names 2nd Filipino bishop in U.S.

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Monsignor Alejandro Aclan of Pasay City is appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis names Monsignor Alejandro Aclan as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. File photo from AFP

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pedophile scandals in the Catholic Church

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Here is a rundown of some of high-profile cases which has rocked the Catholic Church

ON TRIAL. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

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Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

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HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Sex abuse survivors describe horrors to world's bishops

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:02 AM

Quotes from the landmark summit at the Vatican on the protection of minors from video testimonies of survivors of clerical pedophilia relating their traumatic experiences

END ABUSE. Members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists, hold a protest gathering on February 21, 2019 by the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, with the Vatican's St. Peter's basilica in background. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Red-letter summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Pope Francis sets aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle pedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat to the embassy of the Holy See in Washington who was recalled last year after the U.S. State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws, was under arrest today in Vatican, announced on April 7, 2018 the Holy See.  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he meets with the barangay councilors from the 4th district of Quezon City in Malacañang on February 6, 2019. Malacañang photo

World bishops head to Vatican for sex abuse summit

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

'The credibility of the Church is at stake,' says Father Federico Lombardi, who will be leading debates during the conference

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal over sex abuse claims

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Theodore McCarrick is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP