VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees.
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By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4.
Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church’s merciful side.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican’s multimillion-dollar saint-making machine Thursday after gross abuses were revealed in two books.
ROME One of Pope Francis’ top advisers acknowledged Sunday that the Catholic Church “has made enormous mistakes” in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests over centuries as he testified at an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican.
Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.
Francis spoke about the church’s handling of sex abuse cases while flying home Wednesday from Mexico, where victims of that country’s most notorious pedophile, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, are still coping with the trauma of his abuse.
ROME An Italian ecumenical mission is in Lebanon this week to work out the final details of a pilot project to bring as many as 1,000 refugees to Italy on humanitarian visas so they’re not tempted to risk deadly sea crossings to get to Europe.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis entered his 80th year on Thursday amid hopes among his critics that it will be his last ‚Äî at least as pope.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Tuesday pushes open the huge bronze Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to formally launch his yearlong “revolution of tenderness” amid unprecedented security aimed at thwarting the threat of a Paris-style attack at the Vatican.
NAIROBI, Kenya Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the “barbarous” Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya recently, saying religious leaders must be “prophets of peace” in a world sown by hatred.
VATICAN CITY Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement faced trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information, in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs.