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Stories with person: Pope John Paul II
  • Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 10:04 am

    VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."

  • Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:40 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.

  • Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • Pope to stay away from homeland during South American visit story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 12:08 am

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Pope Francis' homeland of Argentina is not on the itinerary for his South American tour in July.

  • Pope: Forgive Catholic persecution of evangelical Christians story has photos
    Updated: Jun-22-15 8:28 am

    TURIN, Italy - Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for the Catholic Church's persecution of members of a small evangelical church in Italy whose leader was excommunicated and followers branded as heretics during the Middle Ages.

  • Pope pauses in silent prayer before Shroud of Turin story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-21-15 2:47 pm

    TURIN, Italy - Pope Francis paused in silent prayer before the Shroud of Turin Sunday, becoming the latest of hundreds of thousands of people who have come this year to Turin's cathedral to view the burial linen some believe covered the body of Jesus after crucifixion.

  • US archbishop quits after archdiocese charged with cover-up story has photos
    Updated: Jun-15-15 2:46 pm

    VATICAN CITY - The embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and his deputy resigned Monday after years of pressure, an indication Pope Francis is making good on his promise that no one is above the law when it comes to covering up for clergy who sexually abuse children.

  • Vatican indicts ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic story has photos
    Updated: Jun-15-15 8:33 am

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been indicted on charges he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country and had child pornography on his computer, and will stand trial next month in a Vatican court.

  • US Catholic bishops discuss how to best follow pope's lead story has photos
    Updated: Jun-11-15 4:04 pm

    ST. LOUIS - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that's at least as energetic as the bishops' focus on religious freedom.

  • Pope urges Bosnians to put fratricidal past behind them story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-06-15 2:22 pm

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Pope Francis heard about the horrors of Bosnia's fratricidal war of the 1990s and its slow process of healing Saturday as he visited Sarajevo to urge Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics to put the "barbarity" of the past behind them and work together for a peaceful future.

  • US museum to display Vatican treasures while pope visits 
    Updated: Jun-05-15 3:07 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican.

  • US museum to display Vatican treasures while pope visits 
    Updated: Jun-05-15 2:38 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican.

  • Tariq Aziz, top aide to Saddam Hussein, dies in hospital story has photos
    Updated: Jun-05-15 1:29 pm

    BAGHDAD - Tariq Aziz, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, has died in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials said. He was 79.