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5:44am

Thu March 13, 2014
World

One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:21 am

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican last month.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.

Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.

Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Peter's square, Sally Wilson is not Catholic, but she came all the way from Beaumont, Texas, to see the pope.

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3:26pm

Tue October 1, 2013
World

Pope Francis Says The Court Is The 'Leprosy Of The Papacy'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:37 pm

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with young people last month in Cagliari, Italy.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Pope Francis is meeting on Tuesday with his closest advisors, a hand-picked lot of like-minded cardinals, to discuss the direction of the Roman Catholic Church.

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6:00am

Mon September 30, 2013
World

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:06 am

Pope John Paul II in 1982
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The Vatican said Monday that it has set April 27, 2014, as the date that popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be "raised to sainthood."

Their canonization will come on "the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy," the Holy See added.

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12:29pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Religion

Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:12 pm

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

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1:05pm

Wed September 11, 2013
World

Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 2:33 pm

Pietro Parolin in 2009.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican's new secretary of state made some comments in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper earlier this week that have surprised many.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, whom Pope Francis appointed on Aug. 31, said the issue of priest celibacy is open to discussion.

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