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Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly, right, shakes hands with Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on April 19, 2017. Photo courtesy of Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Politics & Society News
April 20, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, a Catholic, who last year challenged the pope’s views on immigration and promised to convince him of the need for reform, shook hands briefly with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics at the Vatican.
Faith News
April 17, 2017
Pope Francis used his traditional Easter Sunday message to call the bombing of a refugee convoy near Aleppo a “despicable attack” and urged world leaders to “prevent the spread of conflicts” despite mounting tensions in Syria and North Korea.
Faith News
April 11, 2017
The congregation shouted “Shame, shame!” at the Rev. Edward Pushparaj when he said Pope Francis had only been “bad” for the Catholic Church.
A sign in front of St. Peter's Basilica points to the newest McDonald's restaurant in Rome, next to the Vatican. Jan. 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
Faith News
January 13, 2017
Cardinals and residents oppose the opening of the store so close to the Vatican.
Faith News
January 05, 2017
The leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, Matteo Salvini, called the pastor's actions an act of madness.
The Basilica of St. Benedict in the ancient city of Norcia is seen on Oct. 31, 2016 following an earthquake in central Italy. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Remo Casilli
Faith News
October 31, 2016
The quake felled several significant churches including the 14th-century Basilica of St. Benedict in the main square of Norcia.
Gianni Crea, chief key keeper at the Vatican, in the Sistine Chapel with the bunch of keys he uses to access all rooms in the museum, on Oct. 6, 2016. Photograph by Chris Warde-Jones
Faith Dispatches
October 13, 2016
The key keepers are just some of the more than 3,000 lay people who perform unheralded jobs in a place that is known for pomp and circumstance.
September 21, 2016
The refugees came from countries including Syria, Eritrea, Mali and Nigeria. Many escaped war and conflict to seek a new life in Italy.
Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, gives the homily during an Oct. 22, 2012 Mass of thanksgiving in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service
September 20, 2016
“I can assure you that the gravely serious allegations against Archbishop Apuron will continue to be dealt with by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which will hold a canonical trial."
Syrian refugees stand outside a bus at a refugee camp near Idomeni, Greece, May 25. (CNS photo/Yannis Kolesidis, EPA)
September 16, 2016
“One must not take my homily to be a call to defend ourselves against the refugees, this was not at all my intention.”