Stories by Nicole Winfield

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Mother Teresa's faithfulness hid 'dark night' of soul

VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he'll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the "poorest ...
By Nicole Winfield

Man attributes miracle to Mother Teresa

VATICAN CITY - The Brazilian man whose "miraculous" cure from a brain infection paved the way for Mother Teresa's canonization this weekend said he is grateful for his life but doesn't feel ...
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Pope outlines vision for life, family issues

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity.
By Nicole Winfield

Saturday, March 26, 2016

After bleak week, Pope Francis offers Easter message of hope

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Saturday that darkness and fear must not prevail as he concluded a bleak week in Europe with a message of hope during an Easter Vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Pope urges politeness by pastors, politicians

Pope Francis is asking politicians and even his own pastors to watch what they say and how they say it.
By Nicole Winfield

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Pope speeds up, simplifies process for annulments

Pope speeds up, simplifies marriage annulment process; drops automatic appeal.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pope won't hold his tongue during South American tour

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South America’s poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, weeklong trip that will showcase the pope at ...
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

Environment has been cause of concern for many popes

VATICAN CITY - Anxiety has so gripped American conservatives over Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment that you might think a pope had never before blamed fossil fuels for global ...
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Pope's new cardinals are far-flung, value ministry

The 20 men from 18 countries who will join the College of Cardinals on Saturday reflect the diversity of the Catholic Church. They also represent unity in living out some of Pope Francis' core ...
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Hebrew, Greek manuscripts now online for all

The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of precious manuscripts online Tuesday, bringing their collections to a global audience.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Pope visits hometown of namesake

Pope Francis broke bread with the poor and embraced the disabled on a pilgrimage to his namesake's hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, June 28, 2013

Vatican official arrested in smuggling plot

A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet.
By Nicole Winfield

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pope celebrates solemn Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service Saturday after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he began to put his mark on the ...
By Nicole Winfield

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Benedict bore formidable burden

VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks to the public glare and pageantry.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

New problems plague ancient Catholic order

As the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta celebrates its anniversary, the ancient order is confronting some very modern-day issues.
By Nicole Winfield

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Social media seen as a way to spread faith

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI put church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter aren’t a virtual world they can ignore.
By Nicole Winfield
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