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  • The Pope Risks his Papacy not Speaking on Abuse Allegations

    This week it came to light that Pope Francis received an eight-page letter from a Chilean man in 2015 that detailed how a priest sexually abused him, and how other priests ignored and concealed the crime, including then-Father Juan Barros, a man Francis had just months earlier appointed to be the bishop of Osorno, Chile....
  • Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

    PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (Reuters) – Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and “consumerist greed” could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet. Francis, who has made the environment and...
  • The Pope married two flight attendants in an impromptu midair wedding

    • Pope Francis married two flight attendants on a papal flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile on January 18. • Carlo Ciuffardi Elorriga and Paula Podest Ruiz had a civil marriage already. • But they missed the religious service because of an earthquake in 2010. • A video of...
  • Pastors who lead double lives wound the church, pope says

    VATICAN CITY — Pastors who preach one thing and do another are wounded and harm the church, Pope Francis said. Like the scribes and Pharisees of old, pastors end up leading a double life when they detach themselves from God and his people, the pope said in his homily...
  • Pope encourages moms to breastfeed in Sistine Chapel

    Pope Francis urged the mothers of 34 infants he was baptizing in the Sistine Chapel Sunday to give their breasts to their infants if they started to cry. “If they start performing a concert (by crying), or if they are uncomfortable or too warm or don’t feel at ease...
  • Pope criticizes ‘fake news’, calls it a ‘grave sin’

    Pope Francis had a message this weekend for journalist spreading so-called “fake news”: you’re committing a “very serious sin.” Speaking to the Catholic media on Saturday, the pope criticized journalists who sensationalize the news and bring up old scandals in their reporting, calling their actions a “grave sin that...
  • Government officials to meet next week to get plans underway for Pope Francis visit

    Pope Francis Source: Vincenzo PINTO THE FIRST INTEL meeting of stakeholders for Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland is to take place next week. Phoenix Park is on course to host the Pontiff for his farewell Mass during his visit next August. This would be the second time it is...
  • Pope Francis wants Lord’s Prayer changed

    Pope Francis has called for a translation of a phrase about temptation in the Lord’s Prayer to be changed. The current wording that says “lead us not into temptation” is not a good translation, because God does not lead humans to sin, he says. He suggests using “do not...
  • Pope Francis given a Lamborghini sports car

    Famously frugal in his tastes, Pope Francis normally favours modest Fiats and Fords when he is driven around on trips abroad, but on Wednesday he took possession of something a little classier – a Lamborghini supercar. The white-painted, special edition Lamborghini Huracan, which sells for around 180,000 euros, perfectly...