Pope appeals for evacuation of migrants from Libyan centers

Europe 04/28/19, 07:06

Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors.During his Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, the pontiff said the refugees' situation, "which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ...

Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

Europe 04/21/19, 03:27

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.Hours after celebrating a late-night vigil, Francis processed into a flower-decked St. Peter's Square for the liturgy Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.This year the Easter season has been ...

Pope carries Easter candle up aisle of darkened basilica

Europe 04/20/19, 14:20

Pope Francis has carried a lit candle up the main aisle of a darkened St. Peter's Basilica in a dramatic Saturday Easter vigil ritual.The pontiff, prelates and other faithful also clutching candles appeared as slow-moving points of light in darkness, part of a procession symbolizing Christians' belief that Jesus triumphed ...

Pilgrims flock to Colosseum Good Friday event, led by pope

Europe 04/19/19, 12:12

Pilgrims and tourists flocked to the Colosseum for the Way of the Cross procession to join Pope Francis for a Good Friday night ritual in Rome.The procession commemorates the suffering of Jesus. This year, meditations to be read aloud during the ceremony will reflect on the modern-day plight of migrants ...

Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

Europe 04/19/19, 08:18

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate.While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate movement, Italian ...

Pope washes inmates’ feet, says bishops must be servants

Europe 04/18/19, 10:58

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside Rome, for the Holy ...

Greta takes climate change campaign to Vatican, meets pope

Science 04/17/19, 04:33

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has brought her climate change campaign to the Vatican, where she met with Pope Francis and carried a sign saying "Join the climate strike."Thunberg arrived late for Francis' general audience on Wednesday and took her seat in the VIP section in St. Peter's Square. ...

Update: Pope tells of sadness over Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/17/19, 03:48

The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):10:40 a.m.Pope Francis has told his weekly audience at St. Peter's Square of his sadness over the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Paris archdiocese.People attend a vigil in Paris, Tuesday ...

Nations express solidarity with France after Notre Dame fire

Europe 04/16/19, 03:17

Nations are expressing solidarity with France after the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and offering help for the recovery. Monday's fire collapsed the spire and burned through the roof of the 12th-century landmark, sparking outpourings of grief. President Donald Trump called the cathedral "one of the great treasures of the ...

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Europe 04/14/19, 03:57

Pope Francis is marking Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, which is jammed with tens of thousands of faithful.Sprinkling holy water, Francis blessed palm fronds and olive branches clutched by pilgrims, tourists and Romans. He watched from steps at the foot of the obelisk in the center of the ...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan’s leaders to encourage peace

World 04/11/19, 13:11

Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process.At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked South Sudan's president and opposition ...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Europe 04/11/19, 09:38

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis' own efforts to confront one of ...

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

World 04/11/19, 06:27

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and consultations related to sexual abuse ...

Pope invites foreign press association to Vatican next month

Europe 04/10/19, 10:47

Pope Francis, who travels with journalists aboard the papal plane, is expanding his reach when he meets with members of Italy's 400-strong foreign press association at the Vatican on May 18.The Argentine-born Francis, the first pope from Latin America, occasionally gives interviews to foreign correspondents. But this will be the ...

Pope blames Europe, US for selling weapons in war zones

Europe 04/06/19, 08:38

Pope Francis has blamed Europe and the United States for selling weapons in war zones, fueling conflicts and causing victims in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.Speaking to students and teachers of Milan's San Carlo Institute on Saturday, the pope said that the reason why there are so many wars around the ...

New Guam archbishop after predecessor’s sex abuse verdict

America 04/06/19, 06:48

Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after Archbishop Anthony Apuron was removed pending the investigation into claims ...

Pope’s Good Friday meditation to focus on human trafficking

Europe 04/05/19, 06:01

Pope Francis is dedicating this year's Good Friday meditations to victims of human trafficking.The Vatican said Friday that Francis had asked an Italian nun who rescues migrant women forced to work as prostitutes to compose the meditations. They will be read aloud at the torch-lit ritual re-enacting Christ's crucifixion at ...

Pope names moderate Gregory as Washington, DC, archbishop

Europe 04/04/19, 05:35

Pope Francis on Thursday named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington D.C., choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S.Gregory, 71, replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned last year ...

S Sudan president, opposition to meet at Vatican ‘retreat’

Europe 04/03/19, 06:37

South Sudan's president and opposition leader are expected to travel to the Vatican next week for what the Holy See says is a "spiritual retreat" and opposition officials say is an effort to help implement the country's peace deal.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti confirmed the visit Wednesday. He said a spiritual ...

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