Tag: Pope Francis

Pope and Orthodox Christian leader issue unprecedented appeal for the environment

Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew have released a passionate joint appeal to protect the environment, marking the first time that a pope and the ecumenical patriarch have joined forces in such a way. They made their appeal for the Earth, a major theme of Francis’ papacy, on Friday (Sept. 1), as Texans […]

Pope tells South Korean faith leaders to promote reconciliation

Pope Francis called on a delegation of South Korean religious leaders to promote reconciliation and spurn violence and fear on Saturday, amid a tense standoff on their home peninsula. Representatives of several religions met the Argentine pontiff at the Vatican and listened to an address in which he said their work must begin by “rolling […]

Pope Francis: prioritise migrants’ dignity over national security

Pope Francis has issued a 20-point action plan to governments on refugees and migrants to try to galvanise their response to an issue seen by the Vatican as one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century. His intention is to lay the ground for the drafting of two global compacts on refugees and […]

Trump advisor seeks meeting with Pope Francis after “incendiary” article in Jesuit journal

A leading Evangelical advisor of President Donald Trump has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting that the pontiff meet with Evangelical leaders after an article in a Vatican-reviewed journal accused the Trump administration of being under the sway of a “strange ecumenism” made up of fundamentalists and “integralist” Catholics leading to a “Manichean vision.” […]

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: Church Is ‘on the Verge of Capsizing’

The Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a personal message for the funeral Mass of his close friend, Cardinal Joachim Meisner on Saturday.   Given his inability to travel, the usually silent retired Pope delivered the message in writing, and had it read aloud in […]

Pope Francis creates fourth pathway to becoming a saint

Christians who lay down their life to save others, “following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus”, will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis has said. Beatification is the first step on the path toward sainthood and has in the past been reserved for three categories of people: martyrs, those who have lived a life […]

Pope Francis: ‘Europe must be federal’

Pope Francis has reportedly said that Europe “must become a federal community or it will no longer count for anything in the world”. His comments were apparently made in an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 93-year-old La Repubblica journalist who does not record interviews or take notes.   Scalfari writes that he told Pope Francis that […]

Pope Francis Threatens Renegade African Priests, Demanding ‘Total Obedience’

In what is perhaps the most strongly worded address of the Francis pontificate, the Pope blasted a group of Nigerian priests who have rejected the papal appointment of their bishop to the diocese of Ahiara, comparing them to the “murderous tenants” spoken of by Jesus in the gospel. The Pope goes on to describe the […]

Trump ‘determined to pursue peace’ after Pope meeting

US President Donald Trump has said he is “more determined than ever” to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was granted a short private audience with the head of the Catholic Church on the latest leg of his overseas trip. The two men have in the past clashed […]

The Oddest Pope-President Pairing in History

Popes and presidents have always circled each other warily. But given the fraught relationship between President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, their lack of agreement on key issues and both leaders’ penchant for flaunting the diplomatic expectations of their office, their meeting Wednesday has the makings of the strangest, most misaligned president-pontiff pairings in recent […]