Tag: Pope Francis

Debate simmers over whether pope called Abbas an ‘angel of peace’

The question whether Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace” when they met on Saturday continued to reverberate on Tuesday, with Israeli officials saying the Vatican denied this is how the pope characterized Abbas.   Israeli representatives officially approached the Vatican and asked for a clarification, one official said, adding […]

Israel hawks to Pope Francis: Stay out of politics

After Pope Francis moved to recognize a Palestinian state, some gung-ho defenders of Israel suggested the pontiff should stick to preaching and stay out of politics.   “It’s interesting how the Vatican has gotten so political when ultimately the Vatican ought to be working to lead people to Jesus Christ and salvation, and that’s what […]

Pope Francis’ Latest Treaty Marks a Huge Blow to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

The Vatican had previously accepted the 2012 decision by the U.N. General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state. However, Wednesday’s treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state.   According to the Associated Press, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit Pope Francis in the Vatican later this […]

What’s driving pope’s Middle East diplomacy?

From the beginning of his papacy Pope Francis hasn’t hesitated to jump into the bloody politics of the Middle East, starting with his September 2013 appeal for a day of fasting and prayer to protest the planned US military strikes on Syria. Since then he has recognized the Armenian slaughter of 1915 as a genocide and repeatedly called […]

Pope says environmental sinners will face God’s judgment for world hunger

“We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat, but we must also remind the powerful of the Earth that God will call them to judgment one day and there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide food for Him in every person and if they did what […]

Pope tells elderly and sick he, too, is old and ailing

Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome’s seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, had grown old and was ailing. “Pray for me, too, eh,” Francis told the parishioners in a private meeting that was later broadcast by Catholic channel TV2000. “I’m a little old and […]

A green wearing white?

COULD Pope Francis become the world’s foremost campaigner on global warming? That is certainly the fondest hope (or in a few cases the darkest fear) of a lot of people who are closely involved in deliberations over the planet’s future.   Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, met the pontiff today and shared his mounting concern over the outcome of the Paris summit […]

In Historic Meeting with Rabbis, Pope Francis Decries Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

In a historic encounter, Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time a pope has ever met with the Conference.   The Pope underscored that all Christians “must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people.” He […]

Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian ‘genocide’ claim

Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope at a service in Rome earlier on Sunday. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. But Turkey has always disputed that figure and said the deaths were part of a civil conflict […]

Pope Francis to Dine with Gay and Transgender Inmates in Naples Prison

Pope Francis will have lunch on Saturday with some 90 inmates at a prison near Naples, including some that reportedly come from a ward housing gay, transgender and HIV-infected inmates.   Tv2000, a television network operated by Italy’s Catholic bishops, reports that lunch at the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center was originally not on the schedule, […]