Frances D'Emilio is an author at Religion News Service.
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Rebounding Pope Francis marks Palm Sunday in Vatican square
By Frances D'Emilio — April 2, 2023
"I thank you for your participation and prayers, that in the last days you intensified,'' the pontiff told the crowd in St. Peter's Square, a reference to the many wishes he received for a quick recovery during his hospitalization.
Pope Francis goes to Rome hospital for intestinal surgery
By Frances D'Emilio — July 4, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Just three hours earlier, Francis had cheerfully greeted the public in St. Peter's Square and told them he will go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.
Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter
By Frances D'Emilio — April 5, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — From vast Roman Catholic cathedrals to Protestant churches, worshippers followed regulations on the coronavirus.
Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for all; needy, vulnerable first
By Frances D'Emilio — December 25, 2020
(AP) — With the world suffering an ecological and economic crises on top of the pandemic, Francis said, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters."
Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March, COVID-19 pandemic permitting
By Frances D'Emilio — December 7, 2020
Pope Francis to make his first overseas trip in more than year, if COVID allows.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory
By Frances D'Emilio — October 25, 2020
(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter's Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal's rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
No bones found in Vatican tombs searched for missing girl
By Frances D'Emilio — July 11, 2019
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emanuela Orlandi's disappearance is one of Italy's most enduring mysteries, and the opening of the tombs at her family's request was the latest search for possible leads to fail.
Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII
By Frances D'Emilio — March 4, 2019
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust.
Pope’s Christmas wish: World fraternity despite differences
By Frances D'Emilio — December 25, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among peoples came as nationalism and a suspicion of migrants are gaining traction across much of the globe.
US prelate McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals
By Frances D'Emilio — July 28, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See's announcement about McCarrick said that Pope Francis was taking action by isolating McCarrick and ordering penance even before 'accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.'
Pope to new cardinals: Defend dignity of others
By Frances D'Emilio — June 28, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday gave the church 14 new cardinals, exhorting them to resist temptations toward vanity and to stay on mission, which he specified means serving the needy instead of their own interests.
2 more Chilean bishops are out as Pope Francis cleans house
By Frances D'Emilio — June 28, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff.
Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace
By Frances D'Emilio — June 21, 2018
GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation. Francis pitched for greater togetherness […]
Chile victims of clergy sex abuse praise talks with pope
By Frances D'Emilio — April 29, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile described the private talks they've had so far with Pope Francis at the Vatican as very helpful and respectful Sunday.
Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a ‘great sin’
By Frances D'Emilio — November 19, 2017
VATICAN CITY (AP) — After Mass, the pope lunched with some 1,500 poor people from Italy, Poland, France and elsewhere as the Catholic Church marked its first World Day of the Poor, an event created by Francis to draw attention to those living on the margins of society.
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