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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this March 27, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files

Pope Francis Warns Against Populist Leaders ‘Like Hitler’

In an interview that lasted more than an hour with Spanish newspaper El Pais and conducted just as Donald Trump was being sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church warned against the rise of populist leaders like Adolf Hitler.

January 25, 2017
War on Christmas, Pope Francis, Right-Wing

The War On Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus

Aah, ’tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.”

December 28, 2016
Francis decries Christmas commercialism, urges focus on dispossessed

Francis Decries Holiday Commercialism, Urging World Focus On Dispossessed

“Let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world, who are not lying in a cot caressed with the affection of a mother and father, but rather suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity: hiding underground to escape bombardment, on the pavements of a large city, at the bottom of a boat over-laden with immigrants,” said Pope Francis in his Christmas Eve homily.

December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas: The Message From The Manger

It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.

December 24, 2016
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this March 27, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files

Pope: It’s Not Right To Equate Islam With Violence

“One thing is true. I believe that in almost all religions, there is always a small fundamentalist group. We have them, too,” said Francis. The pope added that people who chose to join extremist groups, such as ISIS, make such choices because they “have been left empty” of ideals, work and values.

August 1, 2016
Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Bernie Sanders Meets Pope In Vatican City

A source told Washington Post that the meeting was not just a chance encounter but was planned for Friday evening.

April 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders Calls For Global Social Justice At The Vatican

Bernie Sanders visited the Vatican to deliver a familiar message: that the global economic and political system must work for everyone.

April 15, 2016
Bernie Sanders Rally

Sanders Was Invited To Rome By Vatican Academy, Not Pope Francis

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was invited to the Vatican, but not by Pope Francis. It turns out the Vermont senator was invited to speak at a conference held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, an academy founded by the Vatican.

April 12, 2016
A general view is seen of Pope Francis leading the Easter mass in St. Peter's square at the Vatican March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis Eases Way For Divorced Catholics While Reiterating Limits On Gay Unions

The 260-page document, the product of several years of debate within the Roman Catholic hierarchy, advocates for flexibility, tolerance and compassion in the church.

April 9, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during the Easter vigil mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Francis To Publish Document On Marriage and Family

Pope Francis is due to publish a document detailing his views on family, marriage, contraception and raising children.

April 8, 2016

Three Years On, Pope Leaves Catholic Conservatives Feeling Marginalized

Conservatives worry that behind the gentle facade lies a dangerous reformer who is diluting teachings on moral issues while focusing on social problems.

March 11, 2016
Pope Francis blesses the United States while standing next to a wooden cross at the border between Mexico and the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez

‘Browning Of America’ Is Tearing The GOP Apart

In this country, the conservative electorate is in the midst of a massive meltdown over the nation’s changing demographics.

February 20, 2016

Cartoon: Christianity in 2016

A battle for the love of God.

February 19, 2016

Endorse This: Biden Compares Trump And The Pope

The feud between Donald Trump and Pope Francis (yes, really) is now reaching the highest levels of government.

February 19, 2016

Vatican To Trump: It’s Not ‘Personal,’ It’s Religion

Vatican spokesman: “In no way was this a personal attack, nor an indication of how to vote.”

February 19, 2016

Late Night Roundup: The Donald Vs. The Pontiff

Colbert: Mr. Trump, Mr. Pope — I believe that’s his formal name — is it possible that you guys are fighting because you have so much in common?”

February 19, 2016

Endorse This: Does Jeb Bush Side With Trump Against The Pope?

Jeb’s response to political flare-up: The Pope should stay out of this.

February 18, 2016

It Has Come To This: Donald Trump Vs. The Pope

Donald Trump is aiming ever higher for his list of political enemies.

February 18, 2016

At Mexico-U.S. Border, Pope Decries Suffering Of Migrants

Francis: “We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis.”

February 18, 2016
A U.S. border patrol officer sits in his vehicle along the border with Mexico near San Ysidro, California

The South Carolina Republican Primary Is Engulfed In Immigration Hysteria

Iowa and New Hampshire did not prepare us for the full extent of Republican immigration insanity.

February 16, 2016

Decrying Graft, Pope To Tour Poor, Violent Corners Of Mexico

Pope Francis will also head to the northern border to address the plight of migrants trying to reach the United States.

February 7, 2016

Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch To Hold Historic Meeting In Cuba

Meeting could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

February 5, 2016

Pope Did Not Give Unconditional Support To Clerk In Gay Marriage Row: Vatican

The Vatican is backing away from the controversy, saying that Kim Davis was one of “several dozen” people that Pope Francis met — and he wasn’t the one who invited her.

October 2, 2015

Pope Secretly Met Kentucky Clerk Over Gay Marriage Licenses

Davis said knowing that the pope agreed with what she was doing “kind of validates everything.”

September 30, 2015

Govt. Workers Have Right To Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses: Pope

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said.

September 28, 2015