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  • 3 church sex abuse survivors to meet with Pope

    (CNN)After apologizing for “grave errors” in the handling of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, Pope Francis will be welcoming three survivors to the Vatican in two weeks, according to survivor Juan Carlos Cruz. Cruz says the Vatican reached out to him last Saturday, inviting the three Chileans to be...
  • Pope ‘deeply disturbed’ by lack of common response to Syria

    VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square that he is “deeply disturbed” by the international community’s failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world. “Despite the tools available to the international community, it...
  • Vatican panel: Bishops should meet on women’s role in church

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s commission of Latin American church leaders is demanding greater decision-making opportunities for women in the church and proposing that Pope Francis call a special meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss women. The Pontifical Commission for Latin America said after its recent plenary...
  • Vatican: Pope Chile letter a “spiritual state of emergency”

    VATICAN CITY –  The Vatican says Pope Francis’ apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and request that the country’s bishops come to Rome to figure out reforms amounts to a “spiritual state of emergency” declaration for the Chilean church. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman...
  • Pope Francis admits to his errors in judgment

    Pope Francis has admitted he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. In an extraordinary letter published Wednesday, Francis also summoned Chile’s bishops to the Vatican for an emergency meeting in the coming weeks to discuss...
  • Pope presides over Good Friday amid security, controversy

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome’s Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home. Italian police, carabinieri and soldiers were on alert, with Holy Week coinciding with a spate of arrests of suspected...
  • Pope washes the feet of inmates, reveals he has cataracts

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes — and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year. Francis, 81, disclosed the news as...
  • Pope Francis Made a Child Cancer Survivor’s Dream Come True

    After a young leukemia patient missed his chance to meet Pope Francis because he was undergoing chemotherapy, His Holiness made the boy’s dreams come true by giving him a kiss from the Popemobile. In a video shared by the Arlington Catholic Herald on Wednesday, Peter Lombardi’s mother, Brenda Lombardi,...
  • Tech in church? Cashless giving is HERE!

    No cash? No problem! The Church of England is introducing cashless payment technology in 16,000 churches.   They will now accept Apple Pay, Android Pay and card payments after decades of only taking cash and checks. The Church of England said the new payment methods would make it easier...