The latest news on Pope Francis
Francis encourages church to focus more on compassion and less on gays and abortion.
The Republican party could learn some valuable lessons from Pope Francis.
The upholder of tradition understands the needs of modernity.
What Bill Clinton did for Democrats, Pope Francis can do for Catholics.
The rules of the church don't change easily, and the ones involving sex and gender in particular are likely to be stubbornly enduring.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society.
Some Catholic clergy say most priests are gay.
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis has shown the world his rebellious side, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Camilo Sandoval says he faces the choice of a lifetime: He can study engineering in college or he can devote himself to the church.