Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Will Be “Sincere” With Trump Over Differences

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, May 14 – Pope Francis said on Saturday he would be “sincere” with U.S. President Donald Trump over their sharp differences on subjects such as immigration and climate change when the two hold their first meeting at the Vatican later this month. But the pope also told reporters

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“Mother” should not be used to describe a bomb, Pope says

MILAN, May 7 – Pope Francis on Saturday criticised the naming of the U.S. military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive as “the Mother of All Bombs”, saying the word “mother” should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon. The U.S. Air Force dropped such a bomb, officially designated as the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast

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Pope Decries Epidemic of Animosity” Against Immigrants, Other Faiths

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 19 – Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, as he struck a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next

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At Mass for Homeless, Pope Warns of “Anaesthetized Consciences”

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 13  – Pope Francis, at a Mass for poor and homeless people, warned on Sunday against the “anaesthetized consciences” of those who see the needy as bothersome instead of as brothers and sisters to be helped. About 6,000 homeless, poor and displaced people from a dozen European countries and

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Pope Says He Believes Ban on Female Priests is Forever

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Nov. 2 – Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue. He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from

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Pope Heads to Sweden to Commemorate Martin Luther

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Oct 31 – Pope Francis goes to Sweden on Monday to help start commemorations of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, a trip that has won him praise from Lutherans but criticism from Catholic conservatives. Martin Luther, a German, started the Reformation in 1517 when he wrote 95 theses

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Pope Calls for “Immediate Ceasefire” in Syria

VATICAN CITY, Oct 12  – Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date on the conflict in Syria, on Wednesday called for an “immediate ceasefire” to allow for the evacuation of civilians. The war in Syria has escalated since efforts to reach a ceasefire collapsed in September. Syria and its ally Russia subsequently launched their

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Pope Says Gender Theory Part of “Global War” on Marriage, Family

TBILISI, Oct 2 – Pope Francis warned on Saturday of a “global war” against traditional marriage and the family, saying both were under attack from gender theory and divorce. Francis made his comments in an impromptu response to a question at a meeting of the small Catholic community in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia. “You

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Pope Proclaims “Dispenser of Mercy” Mother Teresa a Saint

By Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY, Sept 4 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters” during her life, was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis on Sunday, fast-tracked to canonisation just 19 years after her death. Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square at

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