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The Pope said he chose the name Francis after 12-13th Century St Francis of Assisi, who represented poverty and peace

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...derstand terms about ethical values and shows a remarkable sense of humor. Earlier, the Vatican said Pope Francis would visit his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict next week. Related search articles:pope francis mailing address pope francis net worth Francis Boulle Net Worth pope francis dove landing dove lands on pope francis mailing address for Pope Francis how much is pope francis worth dov...

Pope Francis I has begun his first day at the helm of the Catholic Church, attempting to set out his vision for his papacy amid a testing schedule

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...ming.” The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires shocked many onlookers when it was revealed on Wednesday. Although he reportedly came second to Pope Benedict XVI during the 2005 conclave, few had predicted the election of the first pope from outside Europe in 1,300 years. Pope Francis I will return to the Sistine Chapel on Thursday afternoon, scene of his el...

A Boeing 767 flying from New York operated by Polish LOT airlines made an emergency landing at Warsaw airport today

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A Boeing 767 flying from Newark operated by Polish LOT airlines made an emergency landing at Warsaw airport today. The aircraft, which was flying from Newark, New Jersey, with around 230 people on board made a belly landing at Warsaw’s airport on Tuesday after reported trouble with landing gear. Captain Tadeusz Wrona radioed ahead to let the control tower know there was a problem with deplo...

Pope Francis has arrived in the town of Assisi to pray at the shrine of the 13th-Century saint whose name he adopted

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...anied by eight cardinals chosen to help him shape a radical programme of reform for the Vatican. The Pope has said he wants today’s Catholic Church to resemble St Francis of Assisi’s “church of the poor”. He wants to use abandoned monasteries and convents to house refugees. Pope Francis also says he wants to see a less hierarchical Church which is less centred on the Vatica...

Rush Limbaugh railed against Pope Francis for written comments made on the world economy

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.... Last month, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who has a huge following in the US, railed against Pope Francis for written comments made on the world economy. Rush Limbaugh, who is not Catholic, said that parts of the document were “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope” and suggested that someone else had written the papal document for him. He also accused the Pope of go...

Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful

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Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful. The Pope warned that the Church’s moral structure could “fall like a house of cards” unless it changed. Pope Francis used the first major interview of his papacy to explain comments he made in July about homosexuality. He to...

Pope Francis I inauguration Mass is being held in St Peter's Square in Rome, marking the official start of his papacy

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...ding two keys. The ring is second hand and is made of silver-plated gold, not the solid gold worn by Francis’ predecessor. With the reception of the pallium and ring, Francis officially began his office as the 266th pope. The Pope then received the obedience of the cardinals, and the Mass formally began. Pope Francis then delivered his homily, in Italian. It began by focusing on Joseph and h...

Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become a compassionate NGO without spiritual renewal

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Newly-elected Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become “a compassionate NGO” without spiritual renewal. In a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals on his first day as Church leader, Pope Francis said: “If we do not confess to Christ, what would we be? “We would end up a compassionate NGO. What would happen would be like when children make sand castles and then...

At an Easter vigil Mass in St Peter's, Pope Francis appealed to non-believers and lapsed Catholics to "step forward" towards God

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...lica was kept dark to signify Jesus’ tomb before what Christians believe was his resurrection. Pope Francis and the congregation held candles. The service was shorter than usual, which the Vatican said was in line with Pope Francis’ preference for shorter Masses. Pope Francis, formerly Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected on March 13, becoming the first non-Europe...

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican

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...led for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican. In his Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy. The pontiff also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict. Since becoming Pope in March, Francis has struck a markedly different tone to his predecessor on several issues. In his &...

Pope Francis has met thousands of pilgrims at Copacabana beach to hold the greeting ceremony for World Youth Day

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...horities have announced that these events will now also take place at Copacabana beach. Hours before Pope Francis arrived at Copacabana on Thursday, young pilgrims started gathering along the beach. “I’ve always heard that Cariocas [Rio-born people] did not like the cold or the rain. But you are showing your faith is stronger. Well done!” Pope Francis joked with the crowd at the...

Pope Francis lying on the floor during Good Friday service in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Francis was pictured lying on the floor during Good Friday service in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Presiding over his first Easter week as pope, Pope Francis lay prostrate, praying to God before the famous church’s alter atop a rug with his arms resting on a pillow. The position of worship was adopted as he led the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Saint Peter&...

Before Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Francis personally placed a baby Jesus doll in a replica of a manger, a custom usually performed by an aid

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Pope Francis celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass since becoming pontiff St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. 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. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” Pope Francis began, quoting from...

Pope Francis told Vatican officials he wants them to display professionalism and competence as well as holiness in their lives

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...eaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service to the church. Pope Francis made the comments in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia, the bureaucracy that forms the central government of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. The speech was eagerly anticipated given that Pope Francis was elected in March on a mandate to overhaul the antiquated and ofte...

Pope Francis says Pope Benedict's decision to resign was a great example

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Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign was “a great example” of what it means to follow one’s conscience through prayer. Following one’s conscience doesn’t mean chasing after one’s own self-interests; it calls for listening to God, understanding his w...

Pope Francis has arrived in Rio de Janeiro on his first trip abroad since becoming head of the Catholic Church

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Pope Francis has arrived in Rio de Janeiro on his first trip abroad since becoming head of the Catholic Church in March. The first Latin American Pope touched down at Rio de Janeiro airport on Monday afternoon and was greeted by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. The Argentina-born pontiff has travelled to Brazil to attend the Roman Catholic World Youth Day festival. En route, Pope Francis told r...

More than three million people are estimated to have gathered for Pope Francis’ final service in the city of Rio de Janeiro

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Pope Francis has closed World Youth Day festival in Rio de Janeiro with a Mass on Copacabana beach. More than three million people are estimated to have gathered for the service in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Many of the pilgrims had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil, which Pope Francis also led. Sunday’s ceremony marks the end of the Pope’s five-day visit to Brazi...

Pope Francis has once again condemning the Roman Catholic Church’s narcissistic “Vatican-centric view” of religion

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Pope Francis has once again condemning the Roman Catholic Church’s narcissistic “Vatican-centric view” of religion. Pope Francis, who was elected earlier this year after Pope Benedict’s resignation, has been praised for his comments since taking the position. During a discussion with the atheist editor of La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis once again made it clear that he is lookin...

Pope Francis has an average approval rating from his constituency that any US presidents would envy

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...excited about their faith in the last year. Four out of 10 say they’re praying more often. And one in five say they have been reading the Bible or other religious materials more often,” Greg Smith said. Since he succeeded conservative Pope Benedict last March, Pope Francis has been heralded as a breath of fresh air: down-to-earth and focused on the downtrodden. Pope Francis inspired th...

Vatican is celebrating Pope Francis’ first year in office

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The Vatican is celebrating Pope Francis’ first year in office. The pontiff is currently on a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops in the Alban Hills near Rome. Italian opinion polls give Pope Francis the highest popularity rating of any recent pontiff. Pope Francis is the first Latin American – and the first Jesuit – to lead the Roman Catholic Church. Since taking of...

Crowds of Roman Catholic pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro have joined Pope Francis for a re-enactment of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion

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Crowds of Roman Catholic pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro have joined Pope Francis for a re-enactment of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion. The Stations of the Cross march comes on the Pope’s fifth day in Brazil for World Youth Day – a weeklong event for more than a million young Christians. Pope Francis spoke about the lack of faith in political institutions perceived as selfish...

In his first major speech on the financial crisis, Pope Francis has called on world leaders to end the "cult of money" and to do more for the poor

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In his first major speech on the financial crisis, Pope Francis has called on world leaders to end the “cult of money” and to do more for the poor. Free market economics had created a tyranny, in which people were valued only by their ability to consume, the pontiff told diplomats in the Vatican. “Money has to serve, not to rule,” he said, urging ethical financial reforms....

Pope Francis marked Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square ignoring his prepared homily

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Pope Francis marked Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square ignoring his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, the pontiff hopped off his popemobile to pose for “selfies” with young people in the crowd. In his homily, Pope Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are liv...

Pope Francis was flown by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo for a private lunch with Pope Emeritus Benedict

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...after the death of his predecessor. In 1294, former hermit Celestine V resigned after five months as Pope. Boniface VIII was elected days later, and had his predecessor imprisoned. Celestine was dead within a year. In contrast, Pope Francis has spoken warmly of his predecessor. Pope Francis was flown by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo for a private lunch with Pope Emeritus Benedict One of his first...

Pope Francis has referred to "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East

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...ing of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East. The newly-elected Pope, who has rankled traditionalists by rejecting many trappings of his office, mostly stuck to the traditional script during the nighttime Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession at Rome’s Colosseum, one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week. Pope Francis has referred to “so man...