Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’
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Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’

AFP - February 18, 2016

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at…

Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence
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Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence

Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez | The Washington Post - February 13, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis threw himself into the most contentious of issues roiling Mexico during his first full day here, calling on President Enrique Peña Nieto and…

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill urge Christian unity at historic Cuba talks
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Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill urge Christian unity at historic Cuba talks

Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere | AFP - February 12, 2016

HAVANA, Cuba – Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called in a historic meeting Friday for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by…

Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba
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Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba

Andrew Roth and Brian Murphy | The Washington Post - February 5, 2016

MOSCOW - Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba for the first time next Friday as part of an…

President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis
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President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis

Zach Dyer - November 19, 2015

President Luis Guillermo Solís met with Costa Rican bishops Wednesday as another day passed with no resolution on the Cuban migrant crisis at the Nicaraguan border. Foreign…

Pope Francis asks ‘forgiveness for the scandals’
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Pope Francis asks ‘forgiveness for the scandals’

Ella Ide | AFP - October 14, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and…

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba
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What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - October 8, 2015

HAVANA, Cuba -- Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government…

Boehner recounts ’emotional’ holy hug with Pope Francis
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Boehner recounts ’emotional’ holy hug with Pope Francis

Michael Mathes | AFP - September 25, 2015

John Boehner has enjoyed highs and lows during his quarter-century in Congress, but an intimate moment with Pope Francis -- one day before the Republican resigned as…

Pope Francis arrives in New York to rock-star welcome
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Pope Francis arrives in New York to rock-star welcome

Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE and Jennie MATTHEW | AFP - September 24, 2015

Pope Francis was treated to a rock-star welcome in New York Thursday as he embarked on the second leg of his U.S. tour after addressing Congress and…

Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated
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Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated

Abby Ohlheiser, Greg Jaffe, Michael E. Ruane and Steve Hendrix | The Washington Post - September 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pope Francis plunged into his first U.S. visit with gusto Wednesday, embracing the adulation of jubilant crowds across Washington even as he confronted controversy in…