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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit in May also underscores Francis' close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslims and the Vatican's longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
For some years now, the Catholic Church in the United States has been experiencing signs of new energy and new life — something of a new Pentecost.
Brazilians are angry. President Dilma Rousseff's government is spending billions on beautiful new stadiums — and it's all about image.
An estimated 3 million people poured onto Rio's Copacabana beach on Sunday for the final Mass of Pope Francis' historic trip to his home continent, cheering the first Latin American pope in one of the biggest turnouts for a papal Mass in recent history.
Pope Francis issued blistering, soul-searching criticism Saturday of the Brazilian church's failure to keep its flock from straying to evangelical churches, challenging the region's bishops to be closer to their people to understand their problems and offer them credible solutions.
Go ahead — be a rebel. That was the latest message of Pope Francis to Catholic youth, rendered during his visit to Brazil for the church-backed World Youth Day event that gathers thousands of faithful from around the world.
Pope Francis kicked off the first World Youth Day festival of his papacy, addressing hundreds of thousands of rain-soaked young pilgrims from around the world who flocked to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to hear his message.
Thousands of Catholics, curious pilgrims and Brazilian residents swarmed Pope Francis on Monday, his first overseas trip as pontiff aimed at marking the biennial World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
Let the finger-pointing begin. Security teams for Pope Francis were in turmoil on Tuesday, blaming each other for the lapses that led to a wrong turn down Rio de Janeiro streets, a rush at the pontiff's car and a halt to the procession — safety compromises that don't bear well for the city that's supposed to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.