Retired pope thanks pope for his focus on mercy

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented... Read more

Italy recovers 2015 sunk migrant boat, hopes to ID victims

ROME — The Italian navy has raised from the seafloor the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people... Read more

Italy Senate OKs civil unions, but LGBT groups are unhappy

ROME — Italy’s Senate voted Thursday to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to... Read more

Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception, saying there... Read more

Pope creates tribunal for bishop negligence in abuse cases

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis took the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating... Read more

Pope considering Cuba stop during US trip but no decision

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said... Read more

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embarks on his second Asian pilgrimage this coming week, visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines exactly 20 years... Read more

No pope meeting for Russell Crowe, 'Noah' makers

VATICAN CITY — Actor Russell Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film “Noah” attended Pope Francis’ general audience Wednesday but didn’t... Read more

2 popes on hand in historic 1st cardinal ceremony

2 popes on hand in historic 1st cardinal ceremony

VATICAN CITY — In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future,... Read more

Pope describes when he learned to deprive himself

Pope describes when he learned to deprive himself

VATICAN CITY — Even at age 13, Pope Francis was concerned for the poor.

The... Read more

Pope Francis' humility exhibited

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and... Read more

Cardinals get down to work

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals from around the world have descended on Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of... Read more

Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling... Read more

Italian chef missing at sea on Caribbean cruise

ROME -- Colombian maritime authorities searched Sunday for an Italian chef believed to have gone overboard from a U.S. cruise ship off Colombia's... Read more

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