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Pope names 19 new cardinals as Benedict XVI looks on

Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new "princes of the Church." The new cardinals were presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold……

Pope Francis as superman: Vatican tweets graffiti of hero pontiff

Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Speeding forwards with his fist raised, the heroic pontiff — crucifix swinging in the wind…

Fate of Pope Francis’s ‘peace doves’ unknown after attack by crow and seagull

Two doves released into Saint Peter’s square by children flanking Pope Francis were attacked shortly after taking flight on Sunday. Pope Francis had just given a speech appealing for peace in the Ukraine, where anti-government protests show no sign of abating. Thousands watched as two children, standing in the window…

Pope Francis tells the business elite gathered in Davos to help those ‘still living in dire poverty’

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world’s political and business elite gathered in Davos to use their spirit of entrepreneurship to alleviate crushing global poverty. In a message read out at the opening ceremony of the annual World Economic Forum, Francis said: “Those who have demonstrated their ability to…

Pope Francis encouraged bishop to speak out against same-sex adoption

While Pope Francis has earned plaudits for his open-minded comments on homosexuality, he’s still more in line with other Catholic leaders on LGBT issues. According to a spokesman, the pope was shocked by legislation in Malta that would permit adoptions by same-sex couples. But that shouldn’t be surprising, say LGBT…

Pope’s ‘liberal’ views on capitalism freaking out conservative Catholics in Congress

Catholic Republican lawmakers are rattled by Pope Francis, whose recent comments have shaken up assumptions about their church and its relationship to their political party. While church leaders have for years challenged the Republican Party on some social issues, including the death penalty and immigration, conservatives have generally marginalized their…

Pope Francis continues to preach reform at first Christmas mass

Pope Francis delivered his first Christmas homily tonight, and like much of what he has said since ascending to the papacy, he spoke of love and compassion. As was befitting of the occasion, however, the pope spoke in a less pointed manner. “On this night, let us share the joy…

WATCH LIVE: Pope Francis leads his first Christmas Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis leads the celebration of Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Thousands of Christians are expected to attend. Watch live video, courtesy of NBC News, below.…

Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics. Francis met with the 86-year-old Benedict in a former monastery building on a hill inside the Vatican City walls…

Smiling Pope Francis statue joins Rome wax museum

Pope Francis has become the latest figure in Rome’s wax museum with a statue depicting the pontiff smiling in the iconic moment when he appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica after his election. Visitors have been asking for months when the Francis statue would go on display but…

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