Tag: Pope Francis

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, […]

Pope says birth control ban doesn’t mean breed ‘like rabbits’

Catholics should not feel they have to breed “like rabbits” because of the Church’s ban on contraception, Pope Francis said on Monday, suggesting approved natural family planning methods.   Francis used the unusually frank language during an hour-long news conference on the plane from Manila to Rome at the end of his week-long Asia trip. […]

Pope’s Charlie Hebdo comments do not justify attack

Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.   Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines on Thursday, […]

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Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation.   Francis has spoken out frequently about the “culture of waste” that has imperiled […]

Pope Francis condemns ‘deviant forms of religion’ in the wake of French massacre

Pope Francis has slammed ‘deviant forms of religion’ following the deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France last week which left 17 people dead.   ‘Losing their freedom, people become enslaved, whether to the latest fads, or to power, money, or even deviant forms of religion,’ he said, laying the blame on ‘a culture of […]