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Pope Francis Wants Life Sentence for Criminals Eliminated

Pope Francis Wants Life Sentence for Criminals Eliminated

Pope Francis issued a call on Thursday for countries to abolish capital punishment and eliminate sentences of life imprisonment because "a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence." continue reading »

Pope Francies Beatified Pope Paul VI Today

Pope Francies Beatified Pope Paul VI Today

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Paul VI during a heavily attended Mass in St. Peter's Square, at which he said of the pope who closed the Second Vatican Council that "he led the Church with wisdom and a vision of the future." continue reading »

Pope Francis Names U.S. Jesuit to Investigate Clerical Sex Abuse

Pope Francis has appointed U.S. Jesuit Robert Geisinger as promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he is to investigate clergymen charged with sexual abuse of children and other crimes. continue reading »

Catholic Church Pushes for “Deeper” Reforms in Cuba

Catholic Church Pushes for “Deeper” Reforms in Cuba

The Cuban Catholic Church criticized the reforms undertaken by the island's Communist government and said that they have not managed to "reactivate" the economy. continue reading »

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 »