The Papacy

 

Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives.

Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering

ROME - The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.

World, 19 Apr 2014

Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells Good Friday service

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the "cursed hunger for gold".

World, 18 Apr 2014

Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

CUTUD Philippines - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message.

World, 18 Apr 2014

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, starting four packed days culminating in Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and later washed the feet of 12 disabled people at a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

VATICAN CITY - A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes.

World, 13 Apr 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for "evil" of child abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis.

World, 11 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, 10 Apr 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

World, 09 Apr 2014

Pope expresses "profound pain" at killing of priest in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit priest in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

World, Syria 09 Apr 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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