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Pope Francis Speaks Out on Gays in Church - “Who am I to Judge?”

Pope Francis Speaks Out on Gays in Church - “Who am I to Judge?”

Pope Francis said that he does not judge gays and that they should be integrated into society, but made it clear that the priesthood remains closed to women. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

Pope Francis on Sunday called on the 3 million young people who gathered in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day to go forth and work to overcome violence, selfishness, intolerance and hatred. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls for an End to Poverty in Brazil

Pope Francis Calls for an End to Poverty in Brazil

Pope Francis said Saturday that the future demands a humanistic vision of the economy and a rehabilitation of politics in order to achieve "greater participation by the people, a shunning of elitism and an end to poverty." continue reading »

Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

Pope Francis on Thursday visited a Brazilian shantytown that until recently was controlled by drug traffickers, where he urged young residents to fight against corruption and injustice. continue reading »

Pope, at Brazil Shrine, Urges Youth to Embrace Traditional Values

Pope, at Brazil Shrine, Urges Youth to Embrace Traditional Values

Pope Francis, receiving another rapturous welcome in Brazil, on Wednesday urged young people to shun the “ephemeral idols” of money and pleasure, and cherish traditional values to help build a better world. continue reading »

Huge Crowds Receive Pope on His First International Trip

Huge Crowds Receive Pope on His First International Trip

A large crowd received Pope Francis on Monday downtown in this Brazilian metropolis as the pontiff began a week-long visit to take part in the annual World Youth Day event. continue reading »

Brazil Awaits Pope Francis’ Arrival for World Youth Day

Brazil Awaits Pope Francis’ Arrival for World Youth Day

The global economic crisis has harmed young people and could spawn an entire generation that has never had a job, Pope Francis said Monday. continue reading »

Dominican Pregnant Teen Denied Medical Treatment to Protect Fetus Dies

Dominican Pregnant Teen Denied Medical Treatment to Protect Fetus Dies

A Dominican woman announced Monday that she filed charges against the hospital where her pregnant teenage daughter died after doctors delayed treatment for the girl's leukemia as a result of concerns about the effects on the fetus. continue reading »

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Rio Stations of the Cross speak of the suffering of Jesus as expressed in the youth of today. The route taken by Jesus in the city of Jerusalem will be recreated in the Stations of the Cross on July 26 in the setting of Rio de Janeiro, such as at the Rock of Arpoador and the Selarón Staircase in Lapa continue reading »

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Father Alejandro Flores is being deported to his native Bolivia after finishing a portion of his four-year sentence for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy. continue reading »