January 17th, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Does video show Pope Francis doing exorcism?

The rise of exorcisms.

It is a church sanctioned ritual to cleanse a person's soul, but it's a provocative that is rarely discussed.

Recently, Pope Francis received a great deal of attention when many accused him of performing an exorcism on a men from Mexico.

A country that's also seen a sharp rise in exorcisms as a way to combat the evil violence from drug cartels.

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen has more on the ritual.

Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
December 25th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

17 signs the Pope is a Time Lord

He’s on the cover of TIME and loves the Lord. But is he a Time Lord?


1. He travels in a box…


2. …with a companion…


3. …who sometimes gets into trouble.


4. He likes hats…


5. …long scarves…


6. …robes and sceptres.


7. He carries a special book with him.


8. And is known to make speeches in front of Romans.


9. He occasionally uses the name John.


10. He's fond of art...


11. …and football.


12. Christmas is always special.


13. He's friendly with princes…


14. …and presidents.


15. Angels.


16. It's a big deal when there are two of him.


17. And there’s always a new one ready to go.


“The Time of the Doctor” airs tonight at 9pm ET on BBC America.

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Filed under: OutFront Extra • OutFront Staff • Pope Francis • Religion
December 11th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Should Snowden be Time's Person of the Year?

Who's afraid of Edward Snowden?

The infamous NSA leaker was named runner-up to the Pope for Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

Pope Francis is Time Person of Year

Does the Pope really trump the long-term impact of Snowden's leaks? Or would there have been a backlash against Time magazine if he got the top spot?

OutFront: Mediaite's Joe Concha, Father Edward Beck, a CNN contributor and Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter.

Filed under: News • Pope Francis
July 29th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

Pope Francis on gays: "Who am I to judge?"

Pope Francis may have opened the door to accepting gay priests during a news conference Monday after telling reporters he won't judge priests based on their sexual orientation.

Pope Francis on gays: `Who am I to judge?'

"If a person is gay and accepts the lord, and has good will, who am I to judge them?" Francis said.

The Pope also said that if a priest has committed a sin, "the Lord forgives and when the lord forgives, the lord forgets, and this is very important for our lives," which of course still leaves being gay as wrong in the eyes of the church.

So is this really a change?

The comments don't reflect an official change in church policy which opposes homosexuality, but is it a significant shift in tone towards accepting gay priests?

Outfront: Father Gary Meier is an openly gay priest in St. Louis, Brian Finnerty is U.S. Communications Director, OPUS DEI and John Avlon is a CNN political contributor.

Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
July 23rd, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Pope Francis greeted by frenzied crowds in Rio de Janeiro

In Brazil, police found an explosive device near a sanctuary the Pope is scheduled to visit later this week.

Erin Burnett asked Shasta Darlington about the device.

Filed under: International • News • OuterCircle • Pope Francis
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