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Brazilian President Invites Pope to Attend World Cup

Brazilian President Invites Pope to Attend World Cup

Pope Francis received Friday in a private audience Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who formally invited the Argentine pontiff to visit her country during the World Cup soccer championship, which begins June 12. continue reading »

Pope’s Harley, Matching Jacket Sell for $350,000 at Auction

Pope’s Harley, Matching Jacket Sell for $350,000 at Auction

The motorcycle that Harley-Davidson gave as a gift to Pope Francis last June sold for 210,000 euros (about $284,000) at auction in Paris on Thursday, with the proceeds going to a homeless shelter in Rome. continue reading »

Robbers Take $12,500 From Cathedral in Buenos Aires

Robbers Take $12,500 From Cathedral in Buenos Aires

Thieves burst inside an office of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral complex and made off with 100,000 pesos ($12,500), the Argentine press reported Saturday. continue reading »

REPORT:  Latin America’s First Pope Expected to Visit U.S. Next Year

REPORT:  Latin America’s First Pope Expected to Visit U.S. Next Year

Reports are coming out of Vatican circles indicating Pope Francis will be coming to the U.S. sometime next year. continue reading »

Pope Francis Shakes up Vatican Bank, sets Financial Cap for Sainthood

Pope Francis Shakes up Vatican Bank, sets Financial Cap for Sainthood

Pope Francis on Wednesday (Jan. 15) took his biggest step yet at cleaning house at the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank, replacing most of the institution’s advisers with fresh faces. Among the new appointees: Vatican Secretary of State and Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin; continue reading »

Pope Francis 19 New Cardinals, Including 4 for Latin America

Pope Francis 19 New Cardinals, Including 4 for Latin America

Pope Francis said during the traditional Sunday prayer in St. Peter's Square that he is naming 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Buenos Aires, Managua, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago. continue reading »

Catholic Church Officials Reaching Out to Lawmakers Urging Passage of Immigration Reform

Catholic Church Officials Reaching Out to Lawmakers Urging Passage of Immigration Reform

The Catholic Church of the United States launched Tuesday a campaign of contacts with federal lawmakers urging them to pass immigration reform, as part of its annual observance of National Migration Week. continue reading »

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

Though Pope Francis has only been the pope for less than a year, he’s made news more than a few times. Here are 10 pontifical highlights from 2013. 1. Pope Francis, shortly after being elected, took the bus with the other cardinals, and then circled back to the hotel where he had been staying to pay the bill. continue reading »

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will travel to the Holy Land on May 24-26 on a pilgrimage that will take him to Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as well as to Amman, the capital of Jordan. continue reading »

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades. continue reading »