Pope Francis

Pope Francis  leads the vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Basilica) in Rome on January 25, 2015.  (credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Makes Headlines For Stance On Spanking

Speaking an event at the Vatican this week, the pope said it’s acceptable for parents to spank their children, as long as it doesn’t demean them and is not done in the face.

02/06/2015

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Philippines on Jan. 18, 2015. (credit: CBS2)

Bronx Residents Hope Pope Francis Visits Borough, Possibly For Mass At Yankee Stadium

Pope Francis will be visiting the U.S. in September and will be making a stop in New York – but just what will he do?

01/23/2015

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Pope’s Climate-Change Stand Deepens Conservatives’ Distrust

Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change.

01/21/2015

Pope Francis waves after his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 18, 2013  (credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis To Visit New York City During Trip To US

Pope Francis will be stopping in New York City during his trip to the United States this year.

01/19/2015

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Vatican Attempts To Clarify Pope Francis’ Comments On Paris Terror Attack

On a flight to the Philippines, the pope took questions, and raised eyebrows.

01/15/2015

Christmas At St. Patrick's Cathedral

Christmas Celebrations Underway In New York And Around The World

In Bethlehem, thousands from many religions attended midnight Mass inside the Church of the Nativity — the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.

12/24/2014

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New Jersey Girl Battling Cancer Shares Story Of Meeting Pope Francis

Gracie West, 11, recently returned from a visit to the Vatican where Pope Francis bestowed his blessings.

12/24/2014

President Barack Obama announced a plan to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations on Wednesday, Dec. 17. (Credit: CBS2)

Pope Praises Diplomacy Of US-Cuba Accord

Pope Francis praised the “small steps” of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.

12/18/2014

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Pope Francis: All Dogs Do Go To Heaven

It’s long been held by some that dogs, among other animals are blessed. But could dogs have a place in the afterlife?

12/12/2014

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N.J. Girl Battling Cancer Makes Wish To Meet Pope Francis

An 11-year-old from New Jersey struggling with cancer has one wish, and it’s not what you think.

12/05/2014

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Best International Destinations For The Holidays

Here’s a look at five of the best international destinations for the holidays.

11/28/2014

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It’s Official! Pope Francis Confirms Trip To United States

Francis confirmed Monday that he will attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia in September 2015. Detailed plans for the visit won’t be announced until the spring or summer.

11/17/2014

Pope Francis presides over marriage of 20 couples (Credit: CBS 2)

Catholic Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays In Sign Of Split

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

10/18/2014

Archbisop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan arrives at the Synod Hall for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Dolan: Draft Of Vatican Family Values Document Needs Revision

Cardinal Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that a provisional document showing unprecedented opening toward gays was a rough draft that needs major reworking.

10/15/2014

Pope Francis chats with cardinals as he arrives at the Synod Hall for the Synod on the themes of family on Oct. 6, 2014 in Vatican City. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Vatican Document Signals Possible Shift In Attitude Toward Gays, Unmarried Couples

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation.

10/13/2014

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