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Diego Maradona Leads Group of Retired Soccer Stars Honoring Pope Francis

Diego Maradona Leads Group of Retired Soccer Stars Honoring Pope Francis

Former greats such as Diego Armando Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Diego Simeone, Carlos Valderrama and Ivan Zamorano put on a show here Monday at an interfaith charity match inspired by Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan. continue reading »

Vatican Says Laicized Nuncio Could Stand Trial in Dominican Republic

The Vatican denied covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys and suggested he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a statement Aug. 25 in response to journalists continue reading »

Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relative continue reading »

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident in Argentina's Cordoba province, police told Efe, adding that a fourth Bergoglio family member was in critical condition at a hospital. continue reading »

Migration Fix Must Look at Big Picture, Bishop Encourages

Migration Fix Must Look at Big Picture, Bishop Encourages

The head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee challenged U.S. President Obama and the leaders of Central America to respond to violence in that region in order to protect children who are being forced to flee. continue reading »

Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year. Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo continue reading »

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family -- Melen continue reading »

Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

Pope Francis lamented Saturday the tragedies that have caused the death of hundreds of immigrants so far this year in the Mediterranean, and called on European institutions to be more generous when dealing with refugees. continue reading »

Spain’s New King and Queen Meet the Pope

Spain’s New King and Queen Meet the Pope

Pope Francis on Monday welcomed Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the Vatican. continue reading »

Pope Francis Accepts Mexican President’s Invitation to Visit

Pope Francis Accepts Mexican President’s Invitation to Visit

Pope Francis met in the Vatican City, Saturday, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and accepted his invitation to visit the Latin American country. continue reading »