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Pope Francis Celebrates His 78th Birthday with Cake and Tango

Pope Francis Celebrates His 78th Birthday with Cake and Tango

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.

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Pope Francis Says All Dogs Go to Heaven – and Cats, Too

UpdatePosted 12/12/2014 03:00PM

Pope Francis Says All Dogs Go to Heaven – and Cats, Too

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.

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Pope Francis to Visit the U.S. in 2015

Pope Francis to Visit the U.S. in 2015

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.

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The Pope's Swiss Guard Releases Papal-Inspired Cookbook

The Pope's Swiss Guard Releases Papal-Inspired Cookbook

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

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Gay Groups Hail New Tone from Catholic Church Toward Homosexuality

Gay Groups Hail New Tone from Catholic Church Toward Homosexuality

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.

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James Foley's Parents: His Bravery Was an Answer to Our Prayers

James Foley's Parents: His Bravery Was an Answer to Our Prayers

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.

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Pope's Relatives Killed in Road Accident: Report

Pope's Relatives Killed in Road Accident: Report

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.

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Pope to Sex-Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

Pope Francis Apologizes to Sex-Abuse Victims During Private Mass

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."

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Pope Francis Excommunicates All Mobsters from the Church

Pope Francis Excommunicates All Mobsters from the Church

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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The World in Pictures: See the 10 Best Photos of the Week

The World in Pictures: See the 10 Best Photos of the Week

Originally posted 05/19/2014 07:00AM

See breathtaking images from the U.S. Naval Academy's Sea Trials, Cannes and more

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