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Pope tells Brazilian church to keep it simple and reach out to the poor

Pope Francis drew hundreds of thousands of flag-waving faithful to Rio's Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours …

Pope Francis completes contentious canonisation of Otranto martyrs

Pope Francis has canonised more than 800 15th-century martyrs who were killed after refusing to convert to Islam – a delicate and arguably unwelcome …

Pope Francis attacks 'cult of money' in reform call

Pope Francis has hit out at unbridled capitalism and the "cult of money", calling for ethical reform of the financial system to create a more humane …

Pope Francis To Visit Egypt

<b>LA STAMPA</b> (Italy), <b>THE CHRISTIAN TIMES</b>, <b>MENA</b> (Middle East News Agency)<p><b>ROME</b> – Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from the Coptic Pope Tawadros II …

Christianity

Pope Francis Puts The Poor Front And Center

Over the past week, Pope Francis has launched a crescendo of attacks on the global financial system and what he calls a "cult of money" that does not help the poor.<p>The 2-month-old papacy of Francis — the Argentina-born Jorge Bergoglio — is shaping up as a papacy focused on the world's downtrodden. …

Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics

Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds today when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists.<p>During his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome, Francis emphasized the importance of "doing good" as a principle that unites all humanity, and a "culture of …

Pope Francis: Even Atheists Can Be Redeemed

Pope Francis has been in office for just over two months and has been making headlines for many remarks that emphasize inclusiveness, contrasting sharply with his predecessors' style and apparently even with centuries-old Catholic dogma.<p>The latest was a statement last week that all human beings, …

Pope Francis Insists Church Must Help Poor, Not 'Speak Of Theology'

By Philip Pullella<p>VATICAN CITY, May 18 (Reuters) - Pope Francis shared personal moments with 200,000 people on Saturday, telling them he sometimes nods off while praying at the end of a long day and that it "breaks my heart" that the death of a homeless person is not news.<p>Francis, who has made …

New test dates Shroud of Turin to era of Christ

Although the Vatican makes no claim on the shroud's authenticity as a relic, Pope Francis introduced a special TV appearance of the burial cloth on Holy Saturday.<p>New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which went on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the Pope, dates the …

Shroud of Turin makes first TV appearance

One of the most famous religious relics has been displayed during a broadcast on television in Italy and around the world. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be Jesus Christ's burial cloth.<p>The Vatican says the display of the Shroud of Turin on TV is the parting gift from departing Pope …

Pope Francis: papal feet washing sparks fears over women priests

Traditionalists in the Roman Catholic church have expressed concern after Pope Francis became the first pontiff to wash the feet of two women during …

Pope Francis Sparks Controversy After Breaking Liturgical Law With Surprising Act

ROME (TheBlaze/AP) — Once again, Pope Francis has shocked supporters and critics, alike. The pontiff washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope.<p>And here’s …

Pope Francis uses Easter blessing to call for peace in Middle East

Pope Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decrying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula after celebrating Mass along with more than 250,000 faithful.<p>After the Mass in St. Peter's Square, Francis, aboard an …

Middle East

‘The Horror’: This Is Why Catholic Traditionalists Fear Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world’s poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.<p>As TheBlaze …