- Pope has packed final Ecuador day but holding up well Updated: Jul-07-15 12:10 am
QUITO, Ecuador - Pope Francis has a whirlwind final full day in Ecuador on Tuesday, with an open-air Mass in the capital sandwiched between meetings with bishops, indigenous groups and students and capped by a visit to a famed Jesuit church.
- Pope Francis on home turf urges defense of poor and planet Updated: Jul-05-15 9:16 pm
QUITO, Ecuador - Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society.
- Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest Updated: Jul-02-15 8:19 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart.
- Vatican doesn't rule out pope might chew Bolivian coca Updated: Jun-30-15 1:26 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican isn't ruling out that Pope Francis might chew coca leaves - or at least sip tea made from them - to fend off altitude sickness when he arrives in Bolivia next week.
- THE LATEST: Filipino activists encouraged by pope's message Updated: Jun-18-15 8:02 am
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- Whodunit playing out as Vatican reels from encyclical leak Updated: Jun-16-15 10:37 am
VATICAN CITY - There's something of a whodunit going on in the Vatican to discover who leaked Pope Francis' environment encyclical to an Italian newsweekly, deflating the release of the most anticipated and feared papal document in recent times.
- Vatican indicts ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic 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.
- Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine Updated: Jun-10-15 10:20 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in "sincere" international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.
- Pope creates tribunal for bishop negligence in abuse cases Updated: Jun-10-15 5:52 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis took the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating a new tribunal inside the Vatican to hear cases of bishops accused of failing to protect their flock.
- Pope dismisses Madonna 'visions' as shrine decision nears Updated: Jun-09-15 1:13 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis gave a hint Tuesday about his take on the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in southern Bosnia, dismissing a reliance on regular visions of the Madonna as mere "novelty-seeking" for the faithful.