Unholy Smoke: Pope condemns legalization of pot

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Pope Francis came out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs on Friday.

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Pope to world: ‘Door is always open’ to rethinking celibacy

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The pope called celibacy “a rule of life that I appreciate very much” but said it is not an unchangeable part of church dogma.

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Pope Francis explains why the Internet is a ‘gift from God’

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This pope has wasted no time in embracing the Internet.  

A week after Jorge Mario Bergoglio was declared pope in a puff of white smoke in March, he sent out his first tweet as Pope Francis, which was retweeted 36,457 times. His account, @Pontifex, now has more than 3.5 million followers.

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Little boy joins Pope Francis on stage, refuses to leave

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A young boy joined Pope Francis on stage in front of an estimated crowd of 150,000 people on Saturday, and liked his moment in the limelight so much that he decided to stick around.

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Tens of thousands attend pope’s vigil for Syria

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A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” 

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Pope: ‘Who am I to judge’ gay people?

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Speaking on a jet returning from South American tour, Francis also says that the Catholic Church has not done enough to develop “the theology of women in the church.”

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Pope Francis draws millions to Rio beach for Mass to cap weeklong trip

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A reported three million people jammed Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach Sunday to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he brought a whirlwind trip to his home continent to a close with a Mass, during which he called on young people participating in World Youth Day to extend their Catholic faith “to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

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Pope Francis enthralls his young fans: ‘I hope he hugs me!’

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Thousands of people flooded Rio’s lush Copacabana beach on Friday for one of the most solemn ceremonies of the Catholic faith, a procession depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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Pope touches down in Brazil on first overseas trip

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Wearing a plain white robe, carrying his own luggage and flying from Rome to Rio on a no-frills commercial airliner, the Argentine-born Francis touched down in Rio de Janiero Monday afternoon.

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Wasting food is like stealing from the poor, says pope

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Pope Francis denounced on Wednesday what he called a “culture of waste” in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people. 

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Pope Francis honeymoon continues: Draws big crowds and new fans

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ROME – More than one month since his election, Pope Francis is winning new fans and drawing big crowds to the Vatican.   

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World’s biggest pope? Massive statue of John Paul II lifted into place in Poland

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A 46-foot-high statue of Pope John Paul II was installed at the Miniature Park in Czestochowa, Poland, on Sunday. The monument, which is reputed to be the world’s largest statue of the former pope, is set to be formally unveiled on April 13.  

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Pope: Stopping child sexual abuse key to ‘credibility’ of Catholic Church

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to “act decisively” to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday.

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Riding in style: The evolution of the popemobile

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Comes outfitted in protective bullet-proof glass. Draws a crowd wherever it goes. A driver is included; gold trim is optional.

Popemobiles also include such amenities as a handrail to let the pope easily stand and wave while in motion, a built-in stereo and arctic-cool air conditioning.

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'Peace to the whole world': Pope Francis urges unity in first Easter Sunday address

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Pope Francis called for worldwide efforts towards peace in his first Easter Sunday address, urging leaders to find diplomatic solutions in Syria and North Korea.

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