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 Pope Francis

Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.


A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina 1973–1979. His relationship with the military junta during the National Reorganization Process remains controversial. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Franciscus in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from The Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. Francis is the first non-European pope in 1,282 years, since Syrian St. Gregory III. Francis speaks Spanish, Latin, Italian, German, French, and English.

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The encounter - which is their first since the papal inauguration in March 2013 - is being described as a discussion on issues of "global and regional importance".
The Apostolic Palace is the traditional residence of the Pope inside Vatican City, but Pope Francis chose not to live there.
Philadelphia (CBS) - Pope Francis has begun exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests to make up for a serious shortage in the church.
At his weekly Sunday noon prayer at the Vatican, Pope Francis made an appeal for the "guns to be silenced" in the Central African Republic.
The President's office confirmed the audience would take place in the Papal Library at the Vatican and that the two Heads of State will discuss issues of "regional and global importance".
(Vatican Radio) True doctrine unites; ideology divides. That was the message of Pope Francis in the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday.
Pope Francis has urged scientists not to take part in a "throwaway culture" by destroying human embryos in the search for a cure to Huntington's disease.
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word, a documentary feature written and directed by Wim Wenders.
President Michael D Higgins is to meet Pope Francis in Rome on Monday.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said a Sunday celebration will cause 'less inconvenience' in Rome.
Like parish priests throughout Italy do during the Easter season, Pope Francis spent an afternoon on May 19 going door to door and blessing homes.
Pope Francis visits a neighborhood in Ostia, near Roma, where he made a surprise visit along with local priest, stopping in various homes to bless the families living there.
Pope Francis made the decision, he said, "in favour of a better participation of the People of God, of priests and of the faithful of the Church in Rome.
He'll meet with Muslim leaders despite declaring that "Islam hates us" during the campaign; he'll meet with Pope Francis, who advocates for countries to be welcoming to refugees. "His message is going to be about unity," said U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on "Christian Hope" at his General Audience on Wednesday, focusing this week on the figure of St Mary Magdalene.
Tea LaRaja and Jane O'Connell each scored four goals and assisted on two more as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team bested Pope Francis, 14-8 at home Tuesday. Rachel Kawall and Malia MacDonald (assist) both had two goals for Amherst (4-12).
Demonstrators hold black crosses adorned with Venezuela flags and with the names of those who were killed in weeks of violent demonstrations calling on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to step down, stage a demonstration in St. Peter's Square on ...
FATIMA, Portugal - Jorge Bergoglio, the Roman Catholic leader known as Pope Francis, has "sainted" two of three Portuguese shepherds who purportedly saw an apparition of Mary a century ago and are credited with two miracles following their death.
More penance and prayers are needed to end the wars underway today and so many "absurd" conflicts, Pope Francis said. Praying for all those affected by war and thanking those involved in humanitarian aid efforts, the Pope also marked Mother's Day on ...
The Pope has named Archbishop Jude Okolo as his new ambassador to Ireland, a position that gives the Nigerian prelate a high level of responsibility in helping to organise next year's papal visit to Dublin.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Father Bernard E. Shlesinger III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
This week, he will travel to Rome, where Pope Francis is shining a light on this incurable disease. "I've already been a great fan of the Pope," Wishneff told WDBJ7.
Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions.
Pope Francis: Many innocent Christians, Muslims and Yazidis are strongly tested. 2017-05-15. At the Regina Coeli prayer, said before 25,000 pilgrims, the pope recalled his recent trip to Fatima, Portugal.
(Vatican CITY) - Pope Francis has invited faithful in St. Peter's Square to join him in silent prayer for each one's own mother, including those in Heaven.
Pope Francis: Thanks. Fatima certainly has a message of peace. It's brought to humanity by three great communicators that were less than 13 years old, which is interesting.
Pope Francis on Saturday expressed serious doubts regarding reported daily apparitions of the Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia, a site which attracts a million pilgrims annually.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says he won't try to convince President Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace.
(ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE) - Pope Francis says the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and admits criticism of the slow pace is justified.
Thank you for your welcome and for joining me on this pilgrimage of hope and peace. Even now, I want to assure all of you who are united with me, here or elsewhere, that you have a special place in my heart.
(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of the Mass in Fatima, after a period of Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament, Pope Francis gave a special blessing to the sick, who had come to the Shrine to pray to Our Lady. Following the blessing, the Holy Father ...
Pope Francis says he won't try to convince Trump to soften his policies on immigration or the environment when they meet.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis on Saturday said he will withhold judgment of Donald Trump until the two have a chance to speak during the president's visit to the Vatican next week.
As Hayeon Carol Park and I show in "Pope Francis, capitalism, and Private Charitable Giving" (part of a special symposium of The Independent Review titled "Pope Francis and economics," Winter 2017), Francis frequently lambastes capitalism and calls for ...
Pope Francis high school students celebrated this year's prom at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Friday, May 12. This is the first prom for the school since the merge between Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools.
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) - The Latest on Pope Francis at Fatima (all times local):. ___. 10:35 a.m.. Pope Francis has added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints, honoring young siblings whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 ...
Vatican CITY - Pope Francis has sent a letter to His Holiness Tawadros II of Alexandria, on the "Day of Friendship" between the Coptic Orthodox and the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis greeted pilgrims before leading the rosary at the Chapel of the Apparitions on the first night of his two-day pilgrimage to Fatima May 12-13 to celebrate the centenary of Mary's appearance to three shepherd children in 1917.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday morning greeted participants taking part in a conference organised by the Vatican Observatory entitled "black holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities.
I write to you as a Catholic mother, wife, writer, teacher and student of my own Roman Catholic faith. I write this as "an open letter.
"Today, we say that the death penalty is inadmissible," Pope Francis said during his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
(Vatican Radio) corruption is "like a cancer" that consumes the daily life of people across Latin America, Pope Francis has told bishops. In a letter to the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) at the start of their general assembly, the Pope ...
GALLOWAY -- A Stockton University professor recently met with Pope Francis to discuss the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, the school announced.
When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican at the end of this month, the world will be watching how the Argentine "slum pope" interacts with the brash, New York billionaire-turned-president.
The Vatican has invited the world's leading scientists and cosmologists to try and understand the Big Bang. Astrophysicists and other experts will attend the ...
Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario (red) of Bangldesh being felicitated in Rome on the day he was made cardinal. - RV. 09/05/2017 17:01.
"Let us receive the Holy Spirit with docility!" This was Pope Francis' message during his Tuesday morning homily during Mass celebrated in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence.


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