Pope Francis 'Begs Forgiveness' From Catholic Sex Abuse Victims

Pope Francis met with six victims of sexually abusive priests at the Vatican on Monday, where he asked for their forgiveness. This is, at least, his second request following another public appeal back in April where he asked victims to forgive their abusers just before Easter. That move set off anti-abuse protestors… » 7/07/14 3:00pm 7/07/14 3:00pm

​Jokester Pope Cracks a Couple Good Ones Instead of Talking Misogyny

Since stepping up to the papacy last year, Pope Francis has enjoyed the popularity (with a grain of salt) that comes from making a few reasonable statements (and some balls to the walls take downs). Despite his reputation for saying progressive things (that, as Anna March at the Weeklings points out, is undermined by… » 6/29/14 12:38pm 6/29/14 12:38pm

'Cool' Pope Decries Abortion, Reminds Us Why Popes Are Not So Cool

Oh, Pope Francis. We're all trying so hard to be into you—despite the fact that you are the figurehead of a historically oppressive international corporation that shelters pedophiles, stigmatizes safe sex, and encourages the mass marginalization of women and gay people—so why don't you just go all the way and really… » 1/13/14 7:50pm 1/13/14 7:50pm

Pope Francis Casts the Jesus Water Charm on This Cute Baby

In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blesses a baby during a baptism at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. With wails resounding amid the splendor of the Sistine Chapel, the Pontiff did his Christian due diligence and baptized 32 infants as a precaution, just in case Hell is… » 1/12/14 2:00pm 1/12/14 2:00pm

Pope Francis Is the Princess Diana of Popes

This morning, TIME announced that this year's Prom Queen Of News is none other than Pope Francis. The pontiff is the perfect choice for 2013's Person of the Year — he changed the Church from a mouthpiece for intolerance into one of love and acceptance. Except not really for women. He's still pretty meh about women.… » 12/11/13 12:50pm 12/11/13 12:50pm