Pope Francis wants to stay in simple home instead of moving into luxury papal ...Irish IndependentPope Francis wants to stay for the time being in a simple Vatican residence instead of moving into the spacious and regal papal apartments, the Vatican said today. Also in this section. Jacintha Saldanha: Family question whether she should have answered ...and more »

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  • Northern Ireland hopes to tear down 'peace lines'
    Northern Ireland's leaders say they want to tear down the so-called "peace lines" of Belfast - dozens of walls that divide Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods - by 2023. More
  • Pope hints at possible changes to scandal-ridden Vatican bank
    Pope Francis has indicated for the first time that he may make changes to the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of the Holy See's troubled administration. More
  • Pope is asked to make priestly celibacy optional
    She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.... More
  • Pope Francis supports crackdown on US nuns
    The Vatican says Pope Francis supports the Holy See's crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, who were faulted for focusing too much on social justice instead of issues such as abortion. American sisters had expressed hope that Francis, a Jesuit whose emphasis on the poor mirrored their social outreach, would take a different approach than his predecessor. More
  • Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse
    Pope Francis has indicated that he will act against sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said in a statement Friday that the pope has urged the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith to "act with determination with regard to cases of sexual abuse." The statement cited measures promoted by Benedict XVI to protect minors, helping victims of sexual violence and taking necessary action against perpetrators. More
  • Pope Francis tests his personal power on trip to DRC and South Sudan
    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Pope Francis began one of the most challenging trips of his pontificate Tuesday, a six-day journey through two of the world’s poorest countries ...
    01/31/2023 - 1:09 am | View Link
  • Pope Francis to visit two fragile African nations
    Francis will stay in the capital, Kinshasa, but will meet there with victims of violence from the east. “Congo is a moral emergency that cannot be ignored,” the Vatican’s ambassador to DRC ...
    01/30/2023 - 5:19 am | View Link
  • After 10 years of being patient, Pope Francis is entitled to be less so
    Timothy Radcliffe, the coming 10th anniversary of Francis' election, all invite speculation that this papacy is moving into a new phase. In an interview with the Associated Press, the first since ...
    01/27/2023 - 11:02 am | View Link
  • 'We are all children of God:' Pope Francis says homosexuality is not a crime in interview
    Pope Francis said laws criminalizing homosexuality are “unjust,” calling homosexuality a sin for Catholic worshippers – but not a crime. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis ...
    01/25/2023 - 7:36 am | View Link
  • Pope Francis says homosexuality ‘a sin’ but ‘not a crime’
    Francis was interviewed at his home in the Vatican on Tuesday. AP He quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church in saying gay people must be welcomed and respected, and should not be marginalized ...
    01/25/2023 - 7:16 am | View Link
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