WARSAW, Poland — St. Pope John Paul II discussed stepping down as pope with his aides but was advised against it in the interest of the Catholic Church, his former secretary said in a book recently published in the pope’s native Poland.
There is no end to the truly regrettable moments in “Bill Nye Saves the World,” Netflix’s attempt to rebottle the ’90s-era lightning of a dapper science guy for a new generation. But one stands out. Rachel Bloom, decked out in avante garde ’80s pop gear, sings a cringeworthy song about the spectrum of sexuality called “My Sex Junk.” You can watch it if you like, but I can’t say I recommend it.
EUGENE, Ore. — Inside a mosque in the college town of Eugene, a half-dozen men prostrated themselves on a carpet while another man led the midday prayers. Over his melodic recitation came a tapping sound as a locksmith installed higher-grade locks on the front door.
CAIRO — Egypt’s response to the latest deadly attack against its sizable Christian minority — a wave of airstrikes against Islamic militant installations in eastern Libya — may be a sign of both despair and resolve.
After she met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump confirmed a little-known fact about her faith: She is Catholic. And she described the visit with the leader of the global Catholic Church as “one I’ll never forget.”
FATIMA, Portugal — Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.”