Pope Francis meets abuse victims, begs forgiveness for Church

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"I ask for the grace to weep, the grace for the Church to weep and make reparation for her sons and daughters … who abused innocent persons."

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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 washes, kisses feet in Holy Thursday ritual

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Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a “slave.”

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Pope Francis rejects ‘Superman’ myth ahead of 1-year anniversary

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The ever-humble Pope Francis knocked down “Francis-mania” in a wide-ranging interview, saying the tendency “to paint the Pope as some sort of Superman, a star, is offensive.”

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U.N. Report: Vatican Policies Allowed Priests To Rape Children

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The United Nations heavily criticized the Vatican on Wednesday for what it said was a systematic adoption of policies allowing priests to rape and sexually abuse tens of thousands of children.

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Vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

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A relic containing drops of late Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen, and Italian police speculate the thieves may want it for satanic rites.

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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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Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years: report

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Pope Francis makes toughest remarks yet on ‘horrific’ abortion

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Pope Francis made his toughest remarks to date on abortion when he called the practice “horrific” on Monday. 

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Pope Francis delivers his first Christmas homily

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The faithful flocked to St. Peter’s Basilica for Pope Francis’ first Christmas Eve midnight Mass, in which the pontiff once again preached the importance of acceptance and humility, qualities he has demonstrated continually in his first nine months as head of the Catholic Church.

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'Who am I to judge'? How five words could shift the course of Catholic history

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Pope Francis refused to sit in judgment of gay priests in a statement this year, a stance hailed as remarkable, even revolutionary. The comment marked just one of the many ways the pontiff appears to be reimagining the church.

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Pope Francis says church cannot focus only on abortion and gay marriage

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Pope Francis said in an interview published Thursday that the Catholic Church cannot focus only on abortion, contraception and gay marriage, and that the moral structure of the church will “fall like a house of cards” if it does not find better balance.

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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 John Paul II to become saint, Vatican says

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Pope Francis cleared John Paul II for sainthood on Friday, approving miracles attributed to the late pontiff.

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Holy rollers: Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

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Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

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