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Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI.

For centuries, the words "Vatican" and "intrigue" have gone hand in hand. But the Holy See's centuries-old code of secrecy ensured that scandals and conspiracies usually remained hidden behind the tall and sturdy Renaissance walls of the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, unbeknownst to the faithful masses around the world.

Now, in the era of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, mudslinging between rival church factions is being waged out in the open.

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.

Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when asked about the fate of "bad souls," the pontiff responded, "Hell does not exist."

The pope continued, according to Scalfari, saying (emphasis ours), "The disappearance of sinful souls exists."

Catholic Diocese of Dallas

For the last 10 years, Bishop Kevin Farrell has led the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Now, he’s gotten quite the promotion – being called by Pope Francis to serve at the Vatican.

TCU Catholics Respond To Pope's Immigration Comments

Feb 23, 2016
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After the pope's criticism of Donald Trump's immigration policies last week, a priest at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth said Francis has taught the message of building bridges — not walls — all along.

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The constantly growing Catholic Diocese of Dallas will have a new assistant bishop, courtesy of the Pope. Word came Wednesday from Rome that Monsignor John Gregory Kelly was named bishop.


Pope Francis addresses the United Nations this morning. Watch the livestream below:

At A Dallas Watch Party, Pope's Words Are A Call To Action

Sep 24, 2015

Americans have been following the visit of Pope Francis with gusto – most from a distance. 

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Pope Francis addressed Congress this morning. Watch the address below.

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Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday. This morning, he met with President Barack Obama at the White House. Then he greeted thousands of people in a parade as he traveled via popemobile.


In a much-anticipated visit, Pope Francis arrived at the White House Wednesday morning, where he met with President Obama. Francis addressed a crowd of more than 11,000 people.


The head of the Dallas Catholic Diocese is overjoyed by the selection of a pope from Latin America. Bishop Kevin Farrell sees a lot of enthusiasm among North Texas Catholics for Pope Francis.