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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington D.C., choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Gregory, 71, replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned last year […]


VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.” In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong […]

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told […]

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. In a major […]

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi’s northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital. Francis has frequently insisted on the need for the three “Ls” — land, labor and lodging — and on Friday […]

Aretha Franklin talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about her experience singing for Pope Francis when he visited Philadelphia last month. The Queen of Soul is no stranger to singing for royalty, in 1987 she sang for Pope Pope Jean Paul II in Detroit. “It was super, super exciting. Really exciting. Backstage in a room, the […]

On Thursday, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress as part of his first visit to the United States. During his prepared remarks to the…

A 17-year-old was blessed by Pope Francis in a touching moment at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during his big trip to New York Thursday evening. Stephanie…


“Extra’s” AJ Calloway was with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington in NYC as Pope Francis and his motorcade drove by and “Extra’s” cameras caught the whole thing! “That was amazing!,” Kerry gushed. “We saw him in his little Fiat!” Then came confession from the “Scandal” star regarding the Pope: “He’s my celebrity crush, Pope Francis, because he […]

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Pope Francis tackled issues of racial and social injustice, and abolishment of the death penalty, among other things.