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{FD} Pope warns the powerful in surprise TED talk

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Pope Francis has warned the powerful to act humbly in a new TED talk. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands fill the Vatican as pope celebrates Easter Sunday

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Tens of thousands of faithful are braving heavy security checks for a place in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican as Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis opens free laundromat for homeless

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Pope Francis has opened a new laundromat for the homeless to wash and dry their clothing. Continue reading

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{FD} French bishop fired over ‘inappropriate’ behavior with youth

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In an unusually swift move, the Vatican on Thursday decided to dismiss a French bishop days after Catholic officials in the country were informed of alleged “inappropriate” gestures and words from the prelate with young people. Continue reading

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{FD} NJ teen admits ISIS-inspired plot to kill Pope Francis

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A New Jersey teenager has admitted plotting to kill Pope Francis when he visited Philadelphia in 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope’s skullcap snatched by playful Atlanta girl

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A 3-year-old Atlanta girl went viral after she had an unforgettable interaction with Pope Francis on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Godfather crackdown: Sicilian bishop bars mafia in baptisms

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Vito Corleone might want to make a Sicilian bishop an offer he can’t refuse. Continue reading

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{FD} The German cardinal who spoke out against the Nazis

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You probably weren’t taught this story in your high school world history class — or any class. Continue reading

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{FD} Church fights free birth control in the Philippines

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Poverty may be an issue — but is the pill the right answer? Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis open to having some married men become priests

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In a move that could transform the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has said he’s open to the possibility of ordaining married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages. Continue reading

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{FD} A political pope is also growing the ranks of the faithful

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The leader of the Catholic Church continues to walk the line between politics and religion — and guess who’s paying attention? Continue reading

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{FD} Catholic Church of Guam established $1M sexual abuse settlement fund

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The Roman Catholic Church of Guam has established a $1 million settlement fund for victims of child sexual abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Abuse survivor quits pope’s panel over Vatican stonewall

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An Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy has quit in frustration her post on a Vatican commission advising Pope Francis about how to fight the abuse of minors. Continue reading

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{FD} Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

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Pope Francis’s progressive agenda on issues like migration, climate change and poverty has earned him widespread global popularity – particularly among more liberal Catholics – that eluded his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. But he’s drawn scorn and sharp criticism among more conservative members of the church. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope prepares video message for fans attending Super Bowl

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Look out, Lady Gaga. Continue reading

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{FD} Knights of Malta chief resigns amid spat over condoms with Pope Francis

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The head of the Knights of Malta resigned after entering into a public spat with Pope Francis over the ouster of a top official involved in a condom scandal, a spokeswoman for the ancient lay Catholic order said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican lets homeless sleep in church amid cold

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The Vatican is letting homeless people sleep in a Rome church during a spell of unusually cold weather for the Italian capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Rift grows between Pope Francis, ancient Catholic order

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Strains between Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional leadership have erupted into the open with leaders of a millennium-old lay Catholic order publicly telling the pope, in effect, that he has no authority to meddle in the order’s affairs. Continue reading

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{FD} China: Willing to have talks with Vatican but Catholics must be patriots

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China’s head of religious affairs said that Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of patriotism” and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society. Continue reading

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{FD} Church has more martyrs today than in first centuries, Pope Francis says

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Despite the chronicle of horrific deaths suffered by early Christians during the vaunted “Age of Martyrs” Pope Francis said Monday that the church has more martyrs today than the early church did. Continue reading

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{FD} Order of Malta to Pope Francis: Stay out of our internal affairs

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The Order of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order, has told Pope Francis that his decision to launch an investigation into the ouster of a top official over an old condom scandal is “unacceptable.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pope in Christmas speech blasts Vatican resistance to reform

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Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the resistance he’s encountering in reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, saying some of it is inspired by the devil and that the prelates who work for him must undergo “permanent purification” to serve the Catholic Chur… Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

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Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion about U.S. politics, said in an interview that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis allows priests to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

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Saying nothing is beyond the reach of God’s mercy, Pope Francis told Catholics worldwide he is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of abortion — women and health workers alike — even while stressing that it is a grave sin in the eyes of the church to “end an innocent life.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis shuts Holy Door, but urges: Stay open to reconciliation

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Pope Francis pulled shut the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, formally ending the Holy Year of Mercy he declared to stress the need for greater reconciliation and forgiveness in his church and in the world. Continue reading

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{FD} Top Vatican cardinal interviewed about sexual assault allegations

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Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} New Vatican guidelines say no to scattering ashes after cremation

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The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis ‘saddened’ 2 lesbian former nuns married

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Vatican leader Pope Francis was reportedly saddened by news of two former Roman Catholic nuns who married each other, calling their love a “gift of God.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis names 17 cardinals; 3 from USA

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Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals Sunday — 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including leading U.S. moderate Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and Indianap… Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake zone

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Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to the site of the devastating August earthquake in central Italy, praying silently alone amid the rubble in the hardest-hit part of the devastated town of Amatrice. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis praises religious tolerance in volatile region with Catholic minority

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Pope Francis praised Azerbaijan on Sunday as a model for a world divided by violent extremism, sidestepping criticism of the government for the sake of encouraging religious tolerance in an often-volatile region where Catholics are a minority. Continue reading

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{FD} Mother Teresa declared a saint by Catholic Church

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Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society’s most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pope treats Rome’s homeless to swim at beach, then a pizza

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Pope Francis this summer is treating dozens of Rome’s homeless to a day at the beach and dinner in a pizzeria on the way back. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

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Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men. Continue reading

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{FD} World Youth Day: A Worldwide Mission

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Pilgrims celebrated this event not just in Poland but all over America. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis: Not right to talk about a ‘violent, terrorist’ Islam

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Pope Francis on Sunday said he won’t label Islam as “terrorist” because that would be unfair and not true. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope urges young people to ‘believe in a new humanity’ as World Youth Day ends

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Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in southern Poland to “believe in a new humanity,” which is stronger than evil and refuses to use borders as barriers. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis tells young people to ‘leave a mark,’ not ‘take it easy’

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Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and computer screens and instead engage in social activism and politics to create a m… Continue reading

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{FD} Pope visits Auschwitz in silence, meets survivors

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Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than 1 million people, most of… Continue reading

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{FD} Love, Prayer, Commitment at World Youth Day

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A marriage proposal goes viral as the sacrament and faith are celebrated. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis falls during mass in Poland; uninjured

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Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a “meek and powerful” herald of mercy, and honored the countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith thr… Continue reading

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{FD} Former Fox News journalist named Vatican spokesman

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Pope Francis on Monday named a former Fox TV correspondent, Greg Burke, as his spokesman and tapped a Spanish woman to be the deputy, the first time a woman has held the post. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican convicts 2 in leaks scandal; journalists cleared

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A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute or convict two journalists for having published confidential information, ending an eight-month trial that drew scorn from media rights groups around the world. Continue reading

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{FD} Parents of Wisconsin student found dead in Rome meet Pope Francis

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Pope Francis met on Wednesday with the parents of a U.S. college student whose body was found in Rome’s Tiber river this week, after apparently either being pushed or tumbling into the murky waters less than 24 hours after arriving in Italy for summer … Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican denies pope has ‘Crusades’ mentality over genocide

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The Vatican on Sunday strongly dismissed Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a “Crusades” mentality by recognizing the Ottoman-era genocide of Armenians, insisting that Francis’s three-day visit to the Orthodox country was one of peace and rec… Continue reading

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{FD} Pope praises Armenia’s Christian past, but avoids ‘genocide’

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Pope Francis hailed Armenia’s steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a “genocide.” Continue reading

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{FD} Many Christians have a ‘toxic’ view of marriage, expert finds

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Many Christians no longer view marriage as a lifelong commitment, says Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women’s Forum at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., who agrees with Pope Francis’ assertion that couples often fail to understand the sacred vows they are making to each other. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis condemns massacre at Florida nightclub

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The Vatican says Pope Francis is expressing the “deepest feelings of horror and condemnation” over a massacre at a Florida nightclub that killed at least 50 people. Continue reading

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{FD} Group of teenagers get opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis

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Sixteen teenagers have gotten an unexpected opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican ambassador who invited Kim Davis to meet Pope Francis retires

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States, who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Continue reading

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