Pope Francis becomes the first pope in over 700 years to open the Holy Door in L’Aquila

Pope Francis prayed for peace in his Angelus address after Mass in L’Aquila, Italy. Pope Francis prayed for peace in his Angelus address after Mass in L’Aquila, Italy. During his visit to L’Aquila, the pope said he wanted the central Italian city to become a “capital of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation”. “This is how peace … Read more

Pope expands ranks of cardinals likely to choose successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis elevated 20 other clergymen to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, officially expanding those who are now eligible to vote for his successor in the event he dies or resigns — the latest step he said that ‘he would consider if the need arose. Of the clergymen named new … Read more

Pope says he’ll slow down or retire: ‘You can change popes’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis admitted on Saturday that he could no longer travel as he used to because of strained knee ligaments, saying his one week canadian pilgrimage was “a bit of a test” that showed he needed to slow down and possibly retire one day. Speaking to reporters as he … Read more