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Stories with person: Pope John Paul II
  • Pope uses popularity to chart new direction for church & US story has photos
    Updated: Sep-28-15 1:15 am

    In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind U.S. visit bridging the realms of the disadvantaged and elite, trying to turn the attention of the mightiest nation on earth away from ideological battles and toward a world he said desperately needs help.

  • Seminary puts pope-inspired beer on tap for Francis' stay 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 8:04 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - It started out as a lark inspired by the frenzy over Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia: a limited-run beer for the local bars with a playful name and a label showing the pontiff raising a gold-hued goblet of the stuff.

  • New Hampshire company's candle to be lit by Pope Francis 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:22 am

    CONTOOCOOK, New Hampshire - A New Hampshire company has made a candle that Pope Francis will light at an interfaith service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

  • Pope's security faces Capitol test after parade incident story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:08 am

    WASHINGTON - Five-year-old Sophie Cruz made her way through a security fence and was just feet from Pope Francis' popemobile during a short parade around the White House when she hesitated.

  • Pope Francis warns US bishops against 'divisive' language story has photos
    Updated: Sep-23-15 9:46 pm

    Pope Francis told U.S. bishops on Wednesday they should avoid "harsh and divisive" language and create a church with the warmth of a "family fire" as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the center of the culture wars.

  • American Airlines to carry Pope on US tour 
    Updated: Sep-23-15 4:47 pm

    When Pope Francis travels around the United States later this week, he will fly on an American Airlines jet that temporarily will be christened Shepherd One.

  • Aretha Franklin has a song - and a gift - for the pope story has photos
    Updated: Sep-23-15 3:34 pm

    NEW YORK - Getting Aretha Franklin to sing for you could be considered a gift in itself. But the Queen of Soul has something special for Pope Francis when she performs for him at the Festival of Families concert in Philadelphia on Saturday.

  • Meeting Pope was cool, but Brady puts trust in Belichick 
    Updated: Sep-23-15 2:08 pm

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was among those watching the news coverage of Pope Francis' arrival in the United States.

  • American Airlines to carry Pope on US tour 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 9:30 pm

    When Pope Francis travels around the United States later this week, he will fly on an American Airlines jet that temporarily will be christened Shepherd One.

  • Pope Francis' US arrival coincides with Yom Kippur 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 12:21 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis' first trip to the U.S. coincides with one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

  • Church's conference on families spurring Francis' US trip story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 11:32 am

    PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis' six-day, three-city tour of the U.S. this week evolved from a pledge he made last fall to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Stops in Washington and New York were added after Francis put the triennial, Vatican-sponsored conference on his agenda. Here are answers to key questions about the event opening Tuesday that's spurring Francis' first-ever visit to America and the City of Brotherly Love:

  • Some notable moments between popes and US presidents 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 10:45 am

    Some notable moments in the nearly 100-year history of meetings between the pope and American presidents:

  • Security is tight after Cuban dissident confronts pope story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 7:05 pm

    SANTIAGO, Cuba - Security was tight Monday for Pope Francis after a dissident got close enough to touch the popemobile a day earlier and at least three other opposition members were thwarted trying to accept Vatican invitations to greet the pontiff at ceremonies in Havana.

  • For Cuban family, pope's message on ideology hits home story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 5:29 pm

    HOLGUIN, Cuba - In this quiet city in eastern Cuba, families know how ideology can divide.

  • Cuba's tiny patron saint a powerful national symbol story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 9:51 am

    Here's a look at Cuba's tiny patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, to which Pope Francis will pay homage Monday and Tuesday:

  • Cuba's tiny patron saint a powerful national symbol 
    Updated: Sep-20-15 1:39 pm

    HAVANA - Pope Francis will pay homage to Cuba's tiny patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, on Monday and Tuesday during his visit to the island. Here's a look at the country's version of the Virgin Mary:

  • A look at Cuba's Cardinal Jaime Ortega 
    Updated: Sep-20-15 1:11 pm

    HAVANA - A look at Cuba's top Roman Catholic churchman, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who at Mass on Sunday thanked Pope Francis for his work promoting detente between Havana and Washington and called for reconciliation between Cubans living on the island and elsewhere.

  • AP WAS THERE: Pope John Paul II arrives in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:15 am

    HAVANA - EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 21, 1998, Pope John Paul II became the first Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba, and more than 20 AP writers, editors, photographers and TV staffers arrived to cover the historic visit.

  • A glance at current and past papal visits to Cuba 
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:04 am

    HAVANA - Pope Francis will be the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba when he arrives on Saturday.

  • Pope plans to duck dissidents in Cuba, spawning criticism story has photos
    Updated: Sep-18-15 11:41 am

    HAVANA - Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba's president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not with its dissidents.

  • In TV message, pope tells Cubans that Jesus loves them 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 9:38 pm

    HAVANA - Pope Francis delivered an unprecedented televised message to the Cuban people ahead of a four-day trip to the island, telling them on state television Thursday night that Jesus "never abandons us" and he "loves you very much."

  • White House looks to find 'lasting value' in pope's visit 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 7:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is determined to find ways to draw "lasting value" from the visit of Pope Francis to Washington next week on shared goals such as tackling climate change and economic inequality, White House aides said Thursday. But they also acknowledged that the pope speaks his mind and could well say things that don't jibe with Obama administration policies.

  • Pope to celebrate contributions of Hispanics at Mass in DC story has photos
    Updated: Sep-17-15 2:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - The first pope from the Americas will canonize a Spanish friar who brought the Catholic faith to California in front of the largest Catholic church in North America.

  • Cubans hope pope will accelerate warming with US story has photos
    Updated: Sep-17-15 11:49 am

    HAVANA - Seventeen years ago, a newly named Argentine archbishop laid out his thoughts on the meaning of a papal visit to Cuba.

  • Popular Pope Francis has revived, ruffled US Catholic church 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 12:25 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis' favorability ratings in surveys of U.S. Catholics and all Americans have fluctuated in his two-year-old papacy - but always within a range that would be the envy of any leader.