Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis Says ‘a Christian Lets Everybody Come’

In a striking gesture Wednesday, Pope Francis invited fourteen African migrants to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, urging Europe to open its doors to more refugees.   The fourteen migrants were guests of Caritas of Florence and the European university, and carried banners of the charity that is caring for them along with Vatican […]

Pope Francis to Visit Armenia Amid ‘Genocide’ Spat With Turkey

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis will travel to Armenia on Friday to start a three-day trip that will test the Vatican’s already-strained relations with Turkey.   The pope’s visit is officially to honor the country’s status as the first nation to recognize Christianity.   However, there will be intense focus on the words he chooses […]

Pope Francis Meets With Evangelical, Pentecostal Leaders in John 17 Spirit

Pope Francis and several prominent Evangelical and Pentecostal leaders met in Rome last Friday to discuss areas of mutual agreement and where they respectfully disagreed. The aim of the gathering, which had no official agenda, was to build unity between Christian traditions that have historic enmity.   The Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, former secretary general […]

Pope Francis holds talks with Sunni Islam leader in breakthrough Vatican meeting

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has welcomed the highest authority in Sunni Islam to the Vatican in a significant step forward in relations between the two largest blocs in Christianity and Islam.   “The meeting is the message,” Francis said on Monday (May 23) upon greeting Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, a […]

Pope shocker: Promotes socialism, likens Jesus to ISIS

Pope Francis, in an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, suggested a likeness between ISIS and Jesus by explaining that while “the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” it was quite possible to interpret certain passages of the Gospels, particularly in Matthews, as a call for Christians to go forth […]

Islam and Christianity share ‘idea of conquest’, says Pope Francis

Islam and Christianity share an inherent “idea of conquest”, and those who refer to Europe’s roots as Christian often veer into colonialism, Pope Francis said in a wideranging interview about the the migration crisis and the ability of Christians and Muslims to live together harmoniously.   Speaking to the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the […]

Pope Francis: ‘Conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam’ — but don’t fear refugees

Pope Francis seemingly sent mixed messages to 1.2 billion Catholics Tuesday while talking about Europe’s refugee crisis.   A reporter for France’s La Croix told the pope that Europeans were “partly” reticent of accepting refugees from the Middle East and North Africa due to fear, and he then asked if such feelings were justified.   […]

Pope Francis urges EU to ′tear down walls′ on receiving Charlemagne Prize of Aachen | News | DW.COM | 06.05.2016

Speaking at Friday’s ceremony, the chairman of the Charlemagne Prize board, Jürgen Linden, praised the pope for his outstanding commitment to “peace, understanding and mercy.” Having unexpectedly decided to accept the award, the Argentine pontiff called upon the memory of the EU’s founding figures and the aftermath of the Second World War, saying they had […]

Pope Francis Dreams of a World Where All Migrants Are ‘Legal’

In his acceptance speech for the prestigious International Charlemagne Award, Pope Francis decried Europe’s trend toward nationalism and tighter borders, repeating his mantra that humanity must “build bridges and tear down walls.”   Drawing rhetorical inspiration from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech, the Pope laid out his own dream […]

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society.   Invoking the memory of the EU founding fathers’ pursuit of integration in the aftermath of World War II, the pontiff said […]