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Pope Francis Communicates with His 13 Million Twitter Followers

Pope Francis Communicates with His 13 Million Twitter Followers

Pope Francis's official Twitter account (@pontifex) has reached 13 million followers in nine languages. The pontiff has 13,005,370 followers on the social-networking site, with the majority of them in Spanish. continue reading »

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. continue reading »

From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

From Buenos Aires to World Stage: Pope Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope dragged the hidden problem of human slavery into broad daylight. He held annual open-air Masses in the city's Constitution Square for and with victims of human trafficking -- many of them children accompanied by their enormous burlap sacks stuffed with recyclable cardboard. continue reading »

Pope Francis Apologizes for Sexual Abuse by Priests

Pope Francis Apologizes for Sexual Abuse by Priests

Pope Francis begged pardon Friday for the sexual abuse of children committed by "quite a few" Roman Catholic priests. "The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regard to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed," the pontiff told a Catholic children's NGO. continue reading »

What Obama’s Meeting With The Pope Means — Minus The Hype

What Obama’s Meeting With The Pope Means — Minus The Hype

President Barack Obama visited Pope Francis this Thursday, his first face-to-face meeting with the wildly popular pontiff since the Argentinian Jesuit was named the head of the Catholic church a little over a year ago. continue reading »

What Obama’s Meeting With The Pope Means — Minus The Hype

What Obama’s Meeting With The Pope Means — Minus The Hype

President Barack Obama visited Pope Francis this Thursday, his first face-to-face meeting with the wildly popular pontiff since the Argentinian Jesuit was named the head of the Catholic church a little over a year ago. continue reading »

Pope Francis Welcomes Barack Obama to Vatican

Pope Francis Welcomes Barack Obama to Vatican

Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama met for 50 minutes on Thursday at the Vatican. The meeting lasted more than the 30 minutes that most of the pope's conversations with heads of state and government run. continue reading »

Latinos Ask Pope to Pressure Obama to Halt Deportations

Latinos Ask Pope to Pressure Obama to Halt Deportations

A group of 14 U.S. Latino activists traveled today to the Vatican to request the intercession of Pope Francis to halt deportations, which increased under the office of President Barack Obama. continue reading »

In Argentine Shanties, Priests Live Like the Sheep They Shepherd

In Argentine Shanties, Priests Live Like the Sheep They Shepherd

The doors used to stay shuttered on Our Lady of the Miracle chapel in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, opening only on Saturdays for catechism classes and Sundays for a single, sparsely attended service. continue reading »

Pope Francis Celebrates 1st Anniversary as Pontiff

Pope Francis Celebrates 1st Anniversary as Pontiff

Pope Francis has no special plans to mark his first anniversary as pontiff on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. continue reading »