02:02 PM EDT 12/19/2014
Originally posted 12/18/2014 08:10PM
When President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would normalize relations with Cuba, he made a point of thanking Pope Francis for his role in reversing a 53-year stand-off between the two nations.
Originally posted 12/18/2014 07:15PM
Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday – and 1,760 lbs. of chicken meat for the poor.
Originally posted 12/12/2014 02:05PM
Pope Francis says you should be ready to meet your late pets at the pearly gates.
Continuing to show his more open approach to toward Catholicism, Francis recently told a young boy that all dogs go to heaven, according to USA Today.
Originally posted 11/17/2014 12:20PM
A pontiff who has long championed human kindness – sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy – is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
Originally posted 10/24/2014 12:15PM
Get the recipes for the favorite foods of Pope Francis and his predecessors in the new Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard
Originally posted 10/13/2014 01:30PM
Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis's famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 07:50AM
The parents of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by militants in the Middle East, said Friday that his remarkable bravery was an answer to the prayers of many – even as their hope turned to horror this week.
Originally posted 08/19/2014 09:30AM
Officials say the wife and two children of Pope Francis's nephew were killed, and the nephew seriously injured, in a car crash shortly after midnight Tuesday in Argentina, reports the BBC.
Originally posted 07/07/2014 11:45AM
Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors – but a victim spokesman called the gathering nothing more than "a PR event."
Originally posted 06/22/2014 07:20AM
Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region's drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
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