• Pope Francis sits down with one of his fiercest ex-critics

    Pope Francis sits down with one of his fiercest ex-critics

    • May 28, 2016

    ROME— Pope Francis routinely extols the virtues of dialogue and building bridges, and on Friday he put his schedule where his mouth is, welcoming a figure from his native country who had been not only one of his most vocal critics, but who actually once occupied his cathedral and used

  • Vatican tries to snuff out Fatima conspiracy theories

    Vatican tries to snuff out Fatima conspiracy theories

    • May 28, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed. Almost 16 years later, at the beginning of a yearlong preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparition

  • Legendary Vatican envoy predicts Francis may visit Russia, China

    Legendary Vatican envoy predicts Francis may visit Russia, China

    • May 28, 2016

    ROME—One of the Vatican’s most legendary and accomplished diplomats, as well as the cardinal who announced the name of the Catholic Church’s new chief shepherd to the world on March 13, 2013, believes Pope Francis could become the first pontiff to visit Russia and China. “Yes … perhaps, but there