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Stories with person: Pope John Paul II
  • Pope seeks to renew European dream as he accepts unity prize story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 11:58 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on Friday warned Europeans against the selfish temptation to put up fences to ward off newcomers, saying he still dreams of a Europe where migrants are welcomed.

  • AP names Fernando Gonzalez deputy news director for LatAm 
    Updated: May-04-16 12:33 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Fernando Gonzalez, a veteran video journalist who has spent more than 30 years covering Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named to a new role as The Associated Press' deputy news director for the region.

  • Archbishop of Havana, key figure in US detente, steps down story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:26 pm

    HAVANA - Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who oversaw a warming of relations with Cuba's Communist government and played a role in the secret negotiations that led to U.S.-Cuba detente, has stepped down, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

  • Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Italy in lesson for Europe story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-16-16 5:15 pm

    MORIA, Greece - In an extraordinary gesture both political and personal, Pope Francis brought 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his plane Saturday after an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which has faced the brunt of Europe's migration crisis.

  • The Latest: Sanders expands on campaign message at Vatican story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-16 12:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' trip to Rome to speak the Vatican conference on social and economic justice (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

  • With migrant mission to Greece, pope pushes Ortho story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 2:15 pm

    VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they'll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees.

  • Poland's abortion debate risks shaking government, church 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 7:09 am

    WARSAW, Poland - As Poland's Catholic Church prepares to celebrate 1,050 years as the national faith, a call by its bishops for a total ban on abortion has embroiled the church in a divisive and potentially harmful debate.

  • Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families story has photos
    Updated: Apr-08-16 1:43 pm

    VATICAN CITY - In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky moral questions and that Catholics must be guided by their own informed consciences.