Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Expresses Closeness to Muslims after Hajj Stampede

Speaking during a packed evening prayer service at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, the Argentine pope said he wanted to express his “sentiments of closeness in the face of the tragedy that their people suffered today in Mecca”, Reuters reported. “In this moment of prayer, I unite myself with you all in prayer […]

Obama, pope unite for action on migrants, climate

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis married their political and spiritual power to urge action on immigration and the environment Wednesday, during the popular pontiff’s maiden White House visit.   America’s first black president offered the first Latin American pope a stately and effusive welcome on the South Lawn, praising his moral leadership on issues […]

Pope Francis: Pro-Life Cause ‘Primary Reason’ for U.S. Visit

I encourage you, then, to confront the challenging issues of our time. Ever present within each of them is life as gift and responsibility. The future freedom and dignity of our societies depends on how we will face these challenges. The innocent victim of abortion, the children who die of hunger or from bombings, the immigrants […]

Pope Francis canonizes 18th-century missionary as part of first Mass in US

Pope Francis elevated California missionary Junipero Serra to sainthood in the first U.S. canonization ceremony after spending his morning in Washington D.C. speaking on the White House lawn alongside President Obama.   Francis arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the popemobile before a crowd of 25,000 after switching […]

Pope Francis arrives in US for historic visit — with historic levels of security

Pope Francis, to cheering crowds and a presidential reception, touched down in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon, beginning a historic visit that also will pose a historic security challenge for the officers patrolling his itinerary.   The pope’s six-day, three-city visit will be the biggest, multiple-day security event in Department of Homeland Security history.   The […]

White House: Iran Cooperating with IAEA

The White House said on Monday it was seeing indications Iran is cooperating with inspectors from the UN’s nuclear watchdog and credited tough international sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to Reuters.     White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspection of the Parchin military complex and […]

Obama looks to use pope as leverage in climate fight

Pope Francis’ visit to Washington next week will give President Obama a real chance to breathe new life into a climate change agenda that faces several obstacles, including growing opposition in Congress and doubts from foreign leaders that a deal on global warming can be reached at the end of the year in Paris.   […]

Castro praises Pope’s anti-capitalism stance

Pope Francis has arrived in Havana this afternoon and starts a historic 10-day visit to Cuba and the United States, according to reports.     Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed Pope Francis in a long speech at the airport. In his speech, Castro said the communist government has “founded an equitable society with social justice” […]

White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis

In a stunning show of political indecorum, Obama has invited a series of individuals who publicly flout Catholic teaching, including a pro-abortion religious sister, a transgender woman and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, along with at least two Catholic gay activists.   The White House was illuminated in gay pride colors on June 26, […]

Pope warns religious orders: Take in refugees, or pay property taxes

ROME — On the eve of a trip to the United States, Pope Francis has called himself a “son of immigrants” and confirmed the point by issuing a blunt warning to any religious orders in Europe that spurn his recent call to open their doors to refugees because they want to make money off their […]