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  • new storyPope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 10:29 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 7:22 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • House leadership outline ticket plans for Pope's speech 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress will get one guest ticket for Pope Francis' speech in September and additional tickets to see the Pontiff on the West Front of the Capitol.

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:15 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.

  • Rome's hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 12:07 pm

    ROME - Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome. But the Eternal City will need a miracle to find anything to feel jubilant about.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Seating will be limited for papal address story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 8:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - Seats on the floor of the House chamber are not for everybody. But when Pope Francis addresses Congress this fall, they're going to be even harder to get than usual - and this means you, former senators and representatives.

  • City officials still mum on pope visit transportation plans 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:07 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Two months before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, city officials are still mum on plans for getting around while he's in town.

  • Putin, Xi, Rouhani to address annual UN high-level meeting 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 10:35 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders in September - a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 10:41 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.

  • Indianapolis archdiocese eliminating marriage annulment fee 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 3:58 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is eliminating fees for marriage annulments, a step that follows comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Catholics to remarry.

  • World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 11:25 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.

  • NYC mayor blasts EU on migration, warns Wall St. on climate 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 4:19 pm

    VATICAN CITY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the European Union on Tuesday for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigration, saying the EU must come up with a Europe-wide immigration policy or stop pretending it's a union.

  • Gov. Brown: Millions are suffering because of climate change story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:23 pm

    VATICAN CITY - At a climate summit at the Vatican, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.

  • Birmingham mayor: Pleased to back pope's call to end slavery story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 10:44 am

    VATICAN CITY - The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local.

  • NYC Mayor de Blasio to address climate change at Vatican 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 12:50 pm

    NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to a conference on climate change at the Vatican, where he's scheduled to speak and attend an audience with Pope Francis.

  • South Jersey sculptor crafting staff for pope's Philly visit 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 11:04 am

    DEPTFORD, New Jersey - In his studio in his serene backyard in Deptford, Frank Seder Jr. meticulously shaved a fine layer along a curve of a wooden crook. A chisel in the wrong direction, the artist noted, could cause an unsightly crack in the majestic, exotic purple wood from South America.

  • Minneapolis mayor headed to Vatican, to meet Pope Francis 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 2:15 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is part of a select group of U.S. city leaders headed to the Vatican for a conference next week, where they'll meet Pope Francis.

  • Philadelphia mayor helps restrain, calm erratic homeless man 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 12:04 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor helped restrain and calm an erratic homeless man who wrestled with a member of his security detail near City Hall.

  • American gymnast shares secret: Argentine herbal tea 'mate' 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 4:45 pm

    TORONTO - American gymnast Sam Mikulak won his second gold medal in the Pan Am Games on Monday, and he's almost certain to be in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year from now contending for a medal.

  • NY Gov. Cuomo: beware fake tickets to see Pope Francis 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 4:36 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a potential scam involving fake tickets to see Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to New York City.

  • Pope says he wasn't offended by 'Communist crucifix' story has photos
    Updated: Jul-13-15 11:05 am

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says he wasn't offended by the "Communist crucifix" given to him by Bolivian President Evo Morales during his South American pilgrimage.

  • Pope acknowledges US critics, and downplays US-Cuba role story has photos
    Updated: Jul-13-15 10:11 am

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis is acknowledging criticism in the United States of his anti-capitalist stance and is calling for dialogue before his high-profile trip in September. He's also downplaying his role in the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.

  • Francis burnishes credentials on South America tour story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-13-15 12:05 am

    ASUNCION, Paraguay - On his weeklong swing through South America, Pope Francis burnished his credentials as a new kind of pontiff, issuing a searing apology to indigenous people for church crimes more than a half millennium old and even making a pit stop at a Burger King to change clothes and freshen up before celebrating Mass.

  • Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrates first public mass 
    Updated: Jul-12-15 6:11 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The interim leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis celebrated his first public mass since taking over the organization last month.

  • The Latest: Pope arriving at his final event in Paraguay story has photos
    Updated: Jul-12-15 5:12 pm

    ASUNCION, Paraguay - Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America: