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Pope Hospitalized With Breathing Difficulties

Vatican says he has lung infection, but not COVID

(Newser) - The Vatican says Pope Francis has been hospitalized with a lung infection and "will require some days of medical therapy." The 86-year-old was taken a Rome hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties in recent days, the BBC reports. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement Wednesday that tests...

Fake Pope Images May Be First 'Mass-Level' Dupe
Fake Pope Images
May Be First
'Mass-Level' Dupe
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Fake Pope Images May Be First 'Mass-Level' Dupe

The pontiff was not wearing a stylish puffer jacket, despite those viral photos

(Newser) - Pope Francis sure looked stylish over the weekend, with viral photos showing up on Twitter of him wearing a white puffer jacket. The problem is that the pontiff wore no such coat. The images were fakes, but they were high-quality fakes that fooled a lot of people.
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Pope Confirms Adults Can Be Abuse Victims

Change in church law now applies to lay leaders

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Saturday updated a 2019 church law aimed at holding senior churchmen accountable for covering up sexual abuse cases, expanding it to cover lay Catholic leaders and reaffirming that vulnerable adults and not just children can be victims of abuse when they are unable to freely consent. With...

Meeting Refugees, Pope Urges Legal Routes for Migrants

Humanitarian corridors save lives and promote integration, Francis says

(Newser) - Pope Francis met Saturday with thousands of refugees and the charity groups helping them as he sought to promote legal migration routes to Europe as an alternative to smuggling operations that he said have turned the Mediterranean Sea into a "cemetery." Francis said "humanitarian corridors," which...

'We Still Call Him Georgio'
'We Still Call Him Giorgio'
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'We Still Call Him Giorgio'

Pope Francis quietly celebrates a 10-year milestone

(Newser) - It's been 10 years since a guy named Jorge Bergoglio became the leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, with the white smoke emerging from the Sistine Chapel to signal that a new pope—the first from Latin America—had been selected. The then-76-year-old Pope Francis was seen as an...

Christian Leaders Join Pope in Denouncing Anti-Gay Laws

The three hold joint news conference during flight

(Newser) - Pope Francis, the head of the Anglican Communion, and a top Presbyterian minister together denounced the criminalization of homosexuality on Sunday and said gay people should be welcomed by their churches. The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference returning home from...

Pope Admonishes Nation Over Treatment of Women

Future of South Sudan, where sexual violence is rampant, depends on change, Francis says

(Newser) - Pope Francis warned Saturday that South Sudan’s future depends on how it treats its women, as he highlighted their horrific plight in a country where sexual violence is rampant, child brides are common, and the maternal mortality rate is the highest in the world. On his second and penultimate...

Pope Accidentally Gives Thumbs Up to Middle Finger

That tweet has since been taken down

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered when the elderly spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Christian souls would get on his Twitter account and accidentally expound on the rudest gesture in Western culture, well, today is that day. As Mediaite reports, Pope Francis was going about his day per usual, waxing...

Pope's Comments on Homosexuality Mark a First

Francis comes out against laws that criminalize it, saying it's 'not a crime'

(Newser) - Pope Francis says homosexuality is not a crime and Catholic bishops who support laws that criminalize homosexuality or otherwise discriminate against the LGBTQ community should apply "tenderness, please, as God has for each one of us." The comments came in a Tuesday interview with the AP , which notes...

Francis' Funeral Homily Upsets Benedict Supporters

Some find sermon generic, though the pope emeritus had requested simplicity

(Newser) - "You could have given the same homily for anybody, any cardinal, any bishop or even the butcher next door." "It was almost as if Pope Francis had gone to his files and looked under the file 'funeral homily.'" "He could have delivered this...

Benedict Did the Most to Battle Clergy Abuse but Was Criticized

As cardinal and pope, he pursued accountability while taking no responsibility himself

(Newser) - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is rightly credited with having been one of the 20th century's most prolific Catholic theologians, a teacher-pope who preached the faith through books, sermons, and speeches. But he rarely received credit for another important aspect of his legacy: having done more than anyone before him...

Benedict's Worsening Health Spurs Questions of What's Next

Vatican hasn't published rituals, procedures to follow when a pope emeritus dies

(Newser) - The Vatican has detailed rituals and procedures to follow when a pope dies, but it hasn't published such rules for a pope emeritus. As a result, official word Wednesday that the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had worsened prompted questions about what happens if and when he dies....

Pope Francis: Benedict Is 'Very Sick'

Pontiff's predecessor looked 'exceptionally weak' in last photo of him earlier this month

(Newser) - Pope Francis often asks for prayers for various people in need. At the end of his weekly address at the Vatican on Wednesday, however, he had a surprise request. "I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict, who, in silence, is...

Pope Scolds Greedy and Power-Hungry
Pope Scolds Greedy
and Power-Hungry

Pope Scolds Greedy and Power-Hungry

Christmas Eve homily expresses concern for the vulnerable, including children

(Newser) - Recalling Jesus' birth in a stable, Pope Francis rebuked those "ravenous" for wealth and power at the expense of the vulnerable, including children, in a Christmas Eve homily decrying war, poverty, and greedy consumerism. In the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis presided over the evening Mass attended...

Pope Proclaims Polish Couple Who Hid Jews Martyrs

Francis honors Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma

(Newser) - Pope Francis has declared a Polish couple executed by German police during World War II for hiding Jews in their farmhouse martyrs. A farmer and beekeeper, Jozef Ulma, and his wife, Wiktoria, in the Polish town of Markowa hid several members of the Jewish community, who were being hunted down...

Pope Breaks Down Over 'a Defeat for Humanity'

During prayer in Rome, pontiff cries about 'enormous suffering' brought by war in Ukraine

(Newser) - Pope Francis cried Thursday in the center of Rome as he prayed for peace in Ukraine. Francis leaned over and choked up, unable to speak precisely as he arrived at the part of the prayer where he said, "I would have liked to have brought you the thanks of...

Secret Recording of Pope Is Played in Court

It concerned the Holy See's payments to free nun held hostage by al-Qaeda-linked militants

(Newser) - The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaeda-linked militants. The broadcast of the pope’s own voice in...

Google Doesn't Have All the Answers, Pope Says

Francis counsels young people after Mass for 30K in Bahrain

(Newser) - Pope Francis shifted gears Saturday in his visit to Bahrain to minister to the Gulf's Catholic community, presiding over a huge open-air Mass and then meeting with young people to give them a bit of fatherly advice: Don't just Google your questions about life decisions, he told them....

Pope Calls Out Europe's 'Scandalous' Treatment of Migrants
Pope Rips Europe Over Migrants

Pope Rips Europe Over Migrants

Francis cites lessons from 2 new saints

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Sunday denounced Europe's indifference toward migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea as he elevated to sainthood an Italian bishop and Italian-born missionary whose work and life paths illustrated the difficulties faced by 19th century Italian emigrants. Francis departed from prepared remarks to slam...

Pope Calls Out Putin, Demands He End an 'Error and a Horror'

Francis told crowd his subject this week would not be religious

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire, imploring him to "stop this spiral of violence and death" in Ukraine and denouncing the “absurd” risk of a nuclear attack as tensions sharply escalate over the war. Francis uttered his strongest plea yet about...

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