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Stories with person: Pope John Paul II
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth" 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:56 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:05 pm
  • TRES RIOS, Costa Rica - On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:19 pm
  • ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

  • Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:11 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

  • Chicago archbishop: Church to seek successor 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:17 pm
  • CHICAGO - Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago who is being treated for cancer, said Friday that the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to begin formally searching for his successor as head of the nation's third-largest diocese.

  • Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:20 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

  • Murphy named AP news editor for Tenn., Kentucky 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:40 am
  • ATLANTA - Brian Murphy, a longtime foreign correspondent who has covered and directed stories from bases in Europe and the Middle East, has been named The Associated Press news editor for Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • New museum to open celebrating John Paul II 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:03 pm
  • WADOWICE, Poland - A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a saint - or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey.

  • New museum to open celebrating John Paul II 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:10 pm
  • WADOWICE, Poland - A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a saint - or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey.

  • Broadway singer Lawrence Hamilton dead at 59 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:53 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Broadway star Lawrence Hamilton, an Arkansas native who performed for a U.S. president and a Pope, has died at age 59 in a New York City hospital.

  • Francis recalls John Paul II's death 9 years ago 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:32 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday hailed Pope John Paul II's legacy as he marked the ninth anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death.

  • No-frills canonization for Popes JPII, John XXIII 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 9:22 am
  • VATICAN CITY - The low-frills style of Pope Francis is having an effect on the upcoming canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

  • Vatican says it's willing, wants to help Venezuela 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 4:48 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said Friday it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly unrest but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play.

  • Obama, Francis find common ground - and divisions 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 6:36 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

  • Church official: Pope's trip to Israel in doubt 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 12:23 pm
  • JERUSALEM - A top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land said Thursday that a trip to Israel by Pope Francis in late May is now in doubt because of a strike by Israeli diplomats, even as the Vatican said travel preparations were going ahead.