Pope Francis

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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Pope Urges Christians to Save Planet from “Debris, Desolation and Filth”

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Sept 1 – Pope Francis called on Thursday for concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change, renewing a fierce attack on consumerism and financial greed which, he said, were threatening the planet. A year after publishing the first papal document dedicated to the environment, the pope urged Christians to make

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“Download a Good Heart”, Pope Tells Young as Polish Visit Ends

By Philip Pullella KRAKOW, Poland, July 31 – Pope Francis wrapped up his Polish visit on Sunday with a huge outdoor Mass where he told young people to look beyond the instant gratification afforded by technology, and instead to try to change the world. Hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom camped out

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After Decades of Mistrust, Pope Pushes for Breakthrough With China

By Lisa Jucca, Benjamin Kang Lim and Greg Torode HONG KONG/BEIJING, July 14 – Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China, which for decades has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony. Interviews with some two dozen Catholic officials and clergy in Hong Kong, Italy

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