Tag: Pope Francis

Pope To Young On Poland Trip: Believe ‘In A New Humanity’

Pope Francis told young people who flocked by the hundreds of thousands to his words Sunday that they need to “believe in a new humanity” stronger than evil, and cautioned against concluding that one religion is more violent than others.   Organizers of the Catholic jamboree known as World Youth Day estimated 1.5 million youths […]

Pope Francis makes historic visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis made a historic visit Friday to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious former German Nazi concentration camp in Poland, to pay tribute to the more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, who lost their lives there in the Holocaust.   The Pope arrived early Friday for his first trip to Auschwitz and sat alone for some […]

Pope Francis urges youth to accept migrants on visit to Poland

He told young people gathered in Krakow “a merciful heart opens up to welcome refugees and migrants”, a statement that puts him at odds with Poland’s anti-immigrant right-wing government. It is Pope Francis’s first visit to eastern Europe, with Poland the home of the late Pope John Paul II. On Friday he is visiting the […]

Pope’s trip to Poland overshadowed by killing of French priest

KRAKOW, Poland – Pope Francis will start his first trip to Poland on Wednesday to preside at an international Catholic youth jamboree, a usually joyous event that has been dampened by the murder of a Catholic priest in France.   News that suspected Islamist militants interrupted a church service in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, forced 85-year-old […]

Pope Francis Will Encounter a Socially Conservative Church in Poland

When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week to attend World Youth Day, one of the major events on the Catholic calendar, he will face a politically powerful church closely tied to the country’s new right-wing government. The church here carries a deep strain of social conservatism that does not always align with the pope’s […]

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw’s St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II.   In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still “The Pope”.   Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout […]

What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common

Here’s a quiz: What do Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Pope Francis have in common?   Answer: all three men were educated by Jesuits, a religious order of Catholic priests whose most famous member is the Pope himself.   For Trump, his two years at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in the Bronx, seem to […]

Pope praises Armenia’s Christian past, but avoids ‘genocide’

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia’s steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a “genocide.”   In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians […]

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 […]