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Pope Benedict XVI
May 19, 2017
Pope strikes again with cold-call visits to bless homes
The cold-call pope has struck again, with Pope Francis surprising a dozen families with an afternoon visit to their homes to ...
May 13, 2017
Pope nixes Medjugorje visions but says shrine has benefits
Pope Francis has effectively dismissed reports of continuing apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in ...
May 11, 2017
How are saints made? A primer on miracles, martyrs, virtues
Lengthy historic investigations. Decrees of "heroic virtues." Miraculous cures. The Vatican's complicated saint-making ...
May 10, 2017
Fatima mystery blends visions, miracles and supernatural
When Pope Francis travels to the Portuguese town of Fatima this weekend, he will be lending his blessing to a religious ...
April 28, 2017
In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown
Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday ...
April 27, 2017
Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears
Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its ...
April 25, 2017
Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger
Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace." In a ...
April 17, 2017
Benedict XVI has beer, party for 90th birthday at Vatican
Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff in 2013, has celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer and the company of ...
April 15, 2017
'Modest' 90th birthday party planned for retired pope
A "modest" 90th birthday party is being planned for Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic Church by resigning as pope in ...
April 08, 2017
Pope raises own mortality in rallying youth to lead church
Pope Francis urged young people to lead the church's future Saturday even as he voiced doubts that he'd be around much longer ...
April 04, 2017
Pope makes appointments amid criticism of sex abuse response
Pope Francis on Tuesday named a new official to oversee the Vatican office that processes clerical sex abuse cases amid ...
April 04, 2017
Pope allows schismatic society to celebrate marriages
Pope Francis has taken another step to bring a breakaway traditionalist society back under the Vatican's wing by decreeing ...
April 02, 2017
Guam Catholic Church sees a "perfect storm" of controversy
The Catholic Church on the Pacific island of Guam has been devastated by allegations that its longtime archbishop sexually ...
March 18, 2017
Miloslav Vlk, a clandestine priest during communism, dies
Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who ministered clandestinely to Catholics for years while officially working as a window-washer ...
March 18, 2017
Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April as dialogue improves
Pope Francis will visit Egypt in late April, reflecting improved Vatican-Muslim dialogue after years of tension that ...
March 11, 2017
Vatican confirms papal trip to Egypt under study
The Vatican is confirming a papal trip to Egypt is under consideration but that no dates or itinerary have been finalized.
February 26, 2017
Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome
Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to ...
February 25, 2017
Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy
Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church ...
February 06, 2017
China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms
China is stepping up its efforts to persuade the international medical community that it has stopped using executed prisoners ...
December 30, 2016
Top China leader says Catholics must act 'independently'
One of China's top leaders told Chinese Catholics that they need to operate "independently" of outside forces and promote ...