Pope Francis

Pope Francis quotes: What he's said about homosexuality, atheists and more

A latest addition to the vault of Pope Francis quotes has people talking — and for good reason. The leader of the Catholic faith told a victim of clerical sexual abuse that being gay "does not matter" and that "God made him" like that. "You know Juan Carlos, that...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:26am

Prisoners give Pope Francis the slip during lunch in Bologna

In a twist on “leave the gun, take the cannoli,” two Italian prisoners left their lasagna behind using a lunch meeting with Pope Francis as a chance to make their great escape. During a visit to Bologna on Oct. 1, the pop attended a lunch at Basilica of San Petronio with 20 inmates...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:20pm

Melania Trump covers head while meeting the pope, but not in Saudi Arabia

Since Inauguration Day, the inscrutable first lady Melania Trump has been scrutinized for any sign of her interior monologue. What did that sad facial expression portend? What's up with that hand diss? It follows that her fashion choices for the president's first foreign trip were much-...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:59pm

Did Pope Francis just troll Trump with a gift?

On Wednesday, President Trump met his unlikeliest former adversary: Pope Francis. Despite press expectations of a slightly quieter Ali-Frazier-style head-to-head, the encounter seemed pleasant enough. But the pontiff slipped in an epic burn. The president's first foreign trip took him to the...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:47pm

Amid shortage, Pope Francis mulls opening priesthood to married Catholic men

The Roman Catholic Church could see a big change — for men — in the near future.Citing a shortage of priests in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit which he said was an “enormous problem,” Pope Francis alluded that he would consider allowing married Catholic men to enter the priesthood."We...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:39am

Take back the roads during Philly Free Streets

Philadelphia is embracing its reputation as "one of America's last great walking cities" this weekend by making South Street and other roads car-free.Cars are banned and pedestrians and cyclists will get to take over the length of Front and South streets, along with a large chunk of West Fairmount...

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 2:30pm

No shade Kenney, but the papal visit and DNC are two different forms of madness

“It’s really, really important that people stay home, show off Philadelphia, be friendly to the delegates … engage them, go up to them and really sell Philadelphia,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a press conference earlier this week.Yes, I took that as a jab at former Mayor Michael Nutter’s fear...

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 2:30pm

Catholic women seeking right to priesthood to hold annual witness

On Holy Thursday, a group of women who have been lobbying for the right of their genderto be ordained as Catholic priests will hold a witness outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul."Our church now suffers a poverty of spirit brought about by the exclusion of women from full...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:10am

Read children's letters to Pope Francis — and his replies

As you can imagine, Pope Francis receives letters from all over the world from people asking deep questions about faith and God, and for specific prayers. Not all the letters are from adults. The Pope receives letters from children too, who ask many of the same things adults wonder.Related: PHOTOS...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:33pm

The Mercy Bus offers confession on the go

What happens on tour, stays on tour… well, at least that’s the case with the confession bus.The Catholic Diocese of Salford in Northwest England has created a church on wheels. The so-called "Mercy Bus" received Pope Francis’s blessing, after Father Frankie Mulgrew, the brains behind the project,...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 2:16am

Imposter priest sold fake Pope Francis tickets: Police

A man posing as a priest who officiated at Mass, funerals, confessions and one marriage was arrested on accusations of having sold fake tickets to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia.Erwin Mena, 59, faces charges including grand theft and perjury, ABC has reported, adding that he allegedly posed as a...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:21am

City controller questions finances of prison program behind the Pope chair

The city’s fiscal watchdog has set it sights on what some might consider an undeserving target — the vocational training program for inmates at city jails.City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an audit this week of PHILACOR, the program behind furniture-making, textiles, dry cleaning and culinary...

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 12:23am

Holy Father's wheels to go up on the auction block

The car Pope Francis cruised around in during his visit to America? It could be yours.The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Wednesday that the four-door Fiat 500Lused by Pope Francis will be auctioned off at the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie tailgate party.The event is being held at 9 p.m....

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 4:35am

PHOTOS: Top 10 news stories for NYC in 2015

As we get closer to closing up 2015, we look back at some stories that not only captivated readers with words but also through photographs.1. Winter Storm JunoEven though we are ending the year without any snow, we definitely started 2015 with a storm of god-like proportions — or at least only by...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 6:30pm

Donald Trump ties Pope Francis as second-most admired man in world

Another poll proves just how much America loves Donald Trump.According to a recent survey of Americans, the Republican presidential candidate is tied for second place with Pope Francis as the mostadmiredman in the world.Obama was at the top of the list with 17 percent for 2015’s most admired man.On...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:04am

The 5 most important Philly stories of 2015

When we look back at 2015, these are the stories that we will remember most.1. Sgt. Robert Wilson IIIOn March 5, Officer Robert Wilson stopped in to a North Philly Gamestop for a security check and to buy a game for his son's birthday. Minutes later two armed gunmen ran inside to rob the store....

Monday, December 28, 2015 - 3:30pm

Philly taxpayers pick up $8M tab for Pope Francis visit

The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September looks to have cost taxpayers a grand total of $8 million, reports said.Out of a total cost of$17 million that the city is paying for the weekend of the papal visit, the World Meeting of Families will cover $9 million, the Inquirer reported....

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 3:06am

Expert weighs in on Pope Francis' trip to Africa

Pope Francis continues his three-nation trip to Africa. During his first stop in Nairobi, Kenya the Argentine pontiff addressed the problem of Islamic extremism in Africa and called Christians and Muslims to engage in a dialogue of peace in the face of religious radicalization and “barbarous”...

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 7:50pm

Infant kissed by Pope Francis has medical turnaround

An infant battling brain cancer, who famously was kissed byPope Francis in Philadelphia earlier this year, is responding to treatment, according to her parents.Gianna Masciantonio, 1, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called systemic juvenile xanthogranuloma (JXG) months after being born, her...

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:49am

Win a chance to ride around like the pope

If you missed the pope while he was visiting the U.S.last month, you can still get a taste of the pontiffin your own version of the vehicle in which he was seen cruising around town.The National Italian American Foundation(NIAF) is rafflingoff abrand new 2014 Fiat 500L Lounge that the organization...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:58am