Frances D'emilio is an author at Religion News Service.
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Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals, including prelates based in Hong Kong and Jerusalem
By Frances D'emilio — July 9, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis continues to leave his mark on the body of churchmen who will select his successor.
US priest who runs outreach for LGBTQ+ Catholics tapped by pope to join major Vatican gathering
By Frances D'emilio — July 7, 2023
ROME (AP) — Among those chosen is the Rev. James Martin, who has long been a prominent advocate of greater inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the Catholic church.
Bishop named to Vatican office handling sex abuse complaints discounted some victims, US group says
By Frances D'emilio — July 5, 2023
ROME (AP) — A U.S.-based group that tracks how the Catholic hierarchy deals with allegations of sexual abuse by clergy says Pope Francis made a “troubling” choice in appointing an Argentine prelate to a powerful Vatican office that handles such cases.
Pope appoints bishop from his native Argentina to lead Vatican office that enforces church doctrine
By Frances D'emilio and Nicole Winfield — July 3, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis named Monsignor Victor Manuel Fernández, the archbishop of La Plata, Argentina, as the prefect, or chief, of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Pope Francis leaves Rome hospital 9 days after operation; surgeon says ‘he’s better than before’
By Frances D'emilio — June 16, 2023
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday was discharged from the Rome hospital where he had abdominal surgery nine days earlier to repair a hernia and remove painful scarring.
Pope slams ‘insinuations’ against John Paul II as baseless
By Frances D'emilio — April 17, 2023
(AP) — Last week, Pietro Orlandi met for hours with Vatican prosecutors who earlier this year reopened the investigation into his sister's disappearance. Italy's Parliament has also begun a commission of inquest into the case.
Pope Francis grateful for ‘noble’ Benedict and his prayers
By Giada Zampano and Frances D'emilio — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — World leaders, Jewish advocates and the archbishop of Canterbury were among those mourning the death.
Pope’s lament: Icy winds of war buffet humanity at Christmas
By Frances D'emilio — December 27, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his Christmas message Sunday to make an impassioned plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, a 10-month-old conflict he decried as “senseless.”
John Paul I, briefly serving, ‘smiling” pope, is beatified
By Frances D'emilio — September 6, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Paul I, the pontiff recognized for his humility and cheerfulness, and whose abrupt death shocked the world, was beatified on Sunday by Pope Francis.
US rabbi reviving Jewish roots in her family’s Italian town
By Frances D'emilio — July 20, 2022
SERRASTRETTA, Italy (AP) — Ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York, she served at a synagogue in Florida for a few years before moving to Italy, where she first worked as a rabbi in Milan from 2004-2005.
Pope to visit Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuses
By Frances D'emilio — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis will head to Canada on July 24 and visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, a small town in that country's far north.
Pope decries divisions caused by old-school liturgy fans
By Frances D'emilio — May 8, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis pressed his papacy’s battle against traditionalists, whose prominent members include some ultra-conservative cardinals.
Ukraine upset by Vatican inviting Russian to carry Good Friday cross
By Frances D'emilio — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — “You have to understand one thing” about the pope, said the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest in Rome who is close to Francis, on Wednesday. “He's a pastor, not a politician.”
Pope decries genital mutilation, sex trafficking of women
By Frances D'emilio — February 7, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square, the pope noted that the day was dedicated worldwide to ending the ritual mutilation.
Pope on new year: Pandemic is hard, but focus on the good
By Frances D'emilio — January 3, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his New Year’s wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality. “We are still living in uncertain and difficult times due […]
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