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Pope Francis Brokered Cuba Deal

Vatican officials—and Pope Francis in particular—were instrumental in establishing talks between the U.S. and Cuba which led to President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he would “chart a new course” in U.S.-Cuba relations, according to media reports. The talks began in spring 2013, Reuters reports, and were held in Canada and at the Vatican in Rome. […]

It was a mix-up, probably based on what we expect this pope to say. But it was a previous pope who said pets go to heaven while comforting a boy who lost his dog. So how could such a fable so quickly become taken as fact? Part of the answer may be the topic of […]

Pope Francis believes climate change is a moral and ethical issue. “The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously,” he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change […]

Pope: Animals Go To Heaven

It’s a groundbreaking statement for Pope Francis to make. He said it to make a little boy feel better because of the loss of his dog. Trying to console a distraught little boy whose dog had died, Francis told him in a recent public appearance on St. Peter’s Square that “paradise is open to all […]

Pope Francis says it’s wrong to equate Islam with violence and that Muslim leaders should make that point while condemning terrorism. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated […]

On Saturday, Pope Francis publicly condemned euthanasia at a meeting with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors, saying that it instilled “a false sense of compassion” and is “a sin against the creator,” the Associated Press reported. Francis’s words come at a crucial time for the growing right-to-die movement, which gained attention recently with the […]

Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along the marble columns leading into the historic basilica, which was completed in 1626. The Vatican’s deputy spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said Thursday […]

Conservative Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis, has been critical of Pope Francis’s leadership of the church. Burke has been vocal about denying communion to politician who support a woman’s right to choose on abortion. The pontiff removed Cardinal Raymond Burke as the leader of the Vatican’s highest court and appointed him to […]

The faithful “are feeling a bit seasick” says one American Cardinal. “The conservatives had it all their way for about 30 years, and now the shoe might be on the other foot,” says the Rev. Paul Sullins, a priest who teaches sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “Now they feel on […]

Pope Francis says he’s following the Gospel by caring for the poor, addressing criticism that he’s a communist because of his beliefs. “Today I want to unite my voice with yours and accompany you in your fight,” he said to participants at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, which is holding a three-day conference in […]

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