Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies.
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  • Benedict rebukes critics of Pope Francis in private letters
    The Sacramento Bee

    Benedict rebukes critics of Pope Francis in private letters

    The remarkable letter last month calling on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly shielding an abusive American cardinal also served as a public call to arms for some conservative Catholics who pine for the pontificate of the previous pope, Benedict XVI. For years now, they have carried his name like a battle standard into the ideological trenches. Benedict apparently would like them to knock it off. In private letters published Thursday by the German newspaper Bild, Benedict, who in retirement has remained studiously quiet through the controversies over Francis' fitness to lead the church, says that the “anger” expressed by some of his staunchest defenders risks tarnishing his own pontificate.

  • Pope Francis: 'Sex is a gift of God. Not a taboo'
    The Washingtion Times

    Pope Francis: 'Sex is a gift of God. Not a taboo'

    Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with youths in Piazza Politeama, in Palermo, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has told French young people that sex is a “great” gift from God, not a taboo, and should be lived as a lifelong, passionate love between man and woman. Francis urged the group of young Catholics from the Grenoble diocese to protect their sexuality from pornography and other temptations that separate sex from love. Not a taboo” and has two aims: to show love, and create life.

  • U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis
    Reuters India

    U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. Bono and the pope spoke for more than 30 minutes at a meeting to team up the rock star's ONE organisation, a global campaign and advocacy organization that aims to end extreme poverty, with a papal group named Scholas Occurrentes, which helps foster cooperation among schools worldwide. “Having just come from Ireland, inevitably, we talked about his (being) aghast about what has happened in the Church,” Bono told reporters afterwards. During his trip to Ireland last month, Francis begged forgiveness

  • NPR.org

    Sex Abuse Scandal Deepens Divide Over Gay Priests

    The uproar over clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church is no longer just about sex abuse. It now touches on Catholic teaching about sexuality in general and even on Pope Francis himself, his agenda, and the future of his papacy. When a Pennsylvania grand jury last month reported that more than 300 priests had molested more than a thousand children across six dioceses under investigation, it became clear that the cases were not isolated incidents. The problem of abusive priests and the bishops who cover up for them is systemic across the whole church. Pope Francis says the crisis is rooted in a culture of clericalism, with priests and bishops so elevated in the church that their word and authority

  • Saifuddin: New ambassador to Vatican City nominated, awaiting approval from the Holy See
    The Star

    Saifuddin: New ambassador to Vatican City nominated, awaiting approval from the Holy See

    PUTRAJAYA: A new Malaysian ambassador to the Vatican City has been finalised by Wisma Putra. While declining to divulge further details, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the candidate nominated for the post, which has been vacant since June, is "a senior diplomat who is a Catholic." The appointment for the incoming ambassador is now pending agreement from the Holy See, which can take weeks or months. "We have already nominated someone from among the diplomatic corps, a Catholic, as the replacement. "On our part, we have finalised the name and we have to send the CV (curriculum vitae) of this person to the Holy See because they need to agree to our nomination. "It is only upon their

  • Italy expels S.African who flew drone near Vatican
    AFP

    Italy expels S.African who flew drone near Vatican

    A South African man has been ordered to leave Italy after flying his drone near the Vatican, Italian police said on Wednesday. Police arrested the 25-year-old as he flew his drone over the main Via della Conciliazione that leads towards Saint Peter's Square where the pope was leading Sunday prayers. "He was given an order to leave the country and his drone and camera confiscated," Rome police said in a statement.

  • Elko Daily Free Press

    Pope: Sex is a gift from god, not taboo, between couples

    Pope: Sex is a gift from god, not taboo, between couples

  • Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope Francis. The study concluded that despite being convicted of abusing one boy, the Rev. Julio Grassi was innocent, that the complainants were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial. Argentina's Supreme Court upheld Grassi's guilty verdict and 15-year sentence in March 2017. The study was obtained by The Associated Press. THE VICTIM Grassi was found guilty in 2009 of aggravated sexual

  • The Pueblo Chieftain

    Pope defrocks priest amid sex abuse scandal

    Pope defrocks priest amid sex abuse scandal

  • Pope defrocks Chilean priest amid sex abuse scandal
    WSLS

    Pope defrocks Chilean priest amid sex abuse scandal

    (CNN) - Pope Francis has expelled the Reverend Cristian Precht Bañados of Chile, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Santiago. This is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country's sex abuse scandal. The Chilean bishops' offer was thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church. Precht had been suspended in 2012 from practicing within the ministry for five years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against him. The Archbishop issued a statement at the time saying that "during the process were established verifiable reports

  • Bloomberg

    Cardinal Warns Pope on China

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  • Pope calls unprecedented meeting of top officials over sexual abuse
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    Pope calls unprecedented meeting of top officials over sexual abuse

    Pope Francis has summoned top Catholic officials to discuss the escalating sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the church. The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from around the world in the Vatican from February 21-24, the Vatican said Wednesday. “The Holy Father Francis, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, has decided to convene a meeting with the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of the 'protection of minors,'” the Vatican press office said in a statement. The announcement comes amid growing criticism of the Pope's role in dealing with historical child abuse within the Catholic Church, and a day before he is scheduled