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Pope accepts resignation from top Chilean church official accused of sex abuse cover-up

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Chile’s top Roman Catholic official, in the latest shock wave to hit the church that has been rocked by a flurry of sexual abuse allegations and the resulting loss of favor by Chileans.


Pope Francis refuses resignation of French cardinal convicted of cover-up

ROME — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse, so he has decided to step aside temporarily for the good of the archdiocese.


Pope Francis Unlikely to Meet Chinese President Xi Jinping

(International Christian Concern) – Chinese President Xi Jinping paid his first visit to Italy on Thursday, 6 months after the historic deal between the Vatican and China was signed last September. However, a meeting between the Pope and Xi is not likely to take place.


Pope Francis remembers 40 missionaries killed in 2018

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the Day of Missionary Martyrs, noting that last year, 40 missionaries were killed, the number almost doubling from the previous year. “During 2018, throughout the world many bishops, priests, nuns and lay faithful have suffered violence,” Francis said after the weekly S


Pope Francis prays for peaceful end to Nicaragua crisis

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis says he is praying for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country. Francis addressed the crisis in Nicaragua after leading a prayer Sunday to a crowd at St. Peter's Square.


Godfried Danneels, Liberal Cardinal Tainted by Sex Scandal, Dies at 85

ROME — Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium, a liberal supporter of Pope Francis and a former Vatican adviser whose long pastoral career was damaged in a sex-abuse scandal after his retirement, died on March 14 at his home in Mechelen, north of Brussels. He was 85.


Pope sends aid to southeast Africa after cyclone

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As an immediate sign of his concern and an encouragement to other donors, Pope Francis has sent $50,000 each to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to assist with initial emergency relief efforts after a cyclone hit the region and caused massive flooding.


Meet the evangelical pastor who spoke with Pope Francis (twice)

“Walk together, work together, love each other.” That is how Pope Francis described the journey of building Christian unity in the 21st century. Michael Rudzena is walking that path as part of the John 17 Movement, an ecumenical group dedicated to responding to the prayer of Jesus that “all who beli


The Vatican Announces the Opening of the Secret Archives of Pope Pius XII

Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the election as Pope of the controversial Pius XII, the Vatican announced this month that on March 2, 2020, it would open the secret archives that are presumed to illuminate his actions during the Second World War. The current Pope, Francis I, who promoted the


Pope offers prayers for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Pope Francis has offered prayers for “our Muslim brothers” killed in the attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Francis in his traditional Sunday prayer said that the mosque attack victims were added “to the pain wars and conflicts that don’t cease


Francis accepts archbishop of Santiago’s resignation

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up. Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the seventh senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which the pop


Super Eight: BC High outlasts Pope Francis in 4 OT thriller, repeats as champion

The words “instant classic” don’t begin to describe what took place between the state’s top two teams, BC High and Pope Francis, Sunday night at the Garden in a rematch of last year’s Super Eight title bout.


American pope? Rare, leaked report from Pope Francis’s election reveals who got votes

A rare, leaked report about a papal election revealed great uncertainty in the 2013 picking of Pope Francis, with a huge number of cardinals getting votes — and for the first time top spots for an American and a Canadian.


Outrage over Pope's decision to reject resignation of archbishop convicted of protecting predator priest

Catholic campaigners condemned as “shocking” a decision by Pope Francis not to accept the resignation of a French archbishop who was given a suspended prison sentence this month for failing to report the sexual abuse of boy scouts by a known predatory priest.


Pope Francis taps into tech’s higher power and helps write code alongside Code.org founder

Tabs or spaces? Only the Pope knows. Pope Francis tapped his way into computer history on Thursday by joining three young women from around the world to contribute a line of code to an app aimed at promoting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Seattle entrepreneur and Code.org co-founder H


Exclusive: Inside the election of Pope Francis

The following excerpts are drawn from The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Account of the Conclave That Changed History (Orbis Books, 2019), by Gerard O’Connell, America’s Vatican correspondent. We join O’Connell’s tale on March 13, after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, 2013, and


Making ourselves a ‘pontifex’ in the mode of Pope Francis

(RNS) — I hate the term “the other,” which sounds alienating, but I admit that it serves a purpose, particularly in describing how Pope Francis has changed the world. From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has gone out of his way to reach out to “the other.” He has gone beyond his own tribe.


Does the Holy See? Pope Francis Collaborated With Domingo Zapata and Mr. Brainwash on a Painting at the Vatican

The leader of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, has made some unlikely friends in the art world. Yesterday, he and the Spanish artist Domingo Zapata and former Banksy protégé Mr. Brainwash teamed up in the Vatican up to paint a canvas in celebration of immigrants.


Pope expresses grief for victims of Cyclone Idai

Pope Francis expressed his grief and closeness to the victims of massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, during his general audience in Rome on Wednesday. As Francis spoke, hundreds of thousands of people were still stranded on rooftops in parts of the district of Beira, Mozambique, lef


God’s will is clear: to seek out, save humanity from evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians have faith in a God who wants to and is able to transform the world, conquering evil with good, Pope Francis said. That is why “it makes sense to obey and abandon oneself” to God and his will, even during life’s most difficult moments, the pope said March 20 during hi