Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis Appoints Panel to Study Women Deacons: Q&A With a Member

Pope Francis has created a commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he named 12 experts — six men and six women — to serve on the panel.   Francis had promised to establish the panel in May in a meeting with an assembly of […]

Pope Francis Reveals Why He Doesn’t Discuss ‘Islamic Violence’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said he doesn’t like singling out violence carried out by Muslims because people of all religions are guilty of deadly crimes.   He told reporters the situation was like “a mixed fruit salad” and that there were “violent people in all religions.”   “I do not like to […]

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 […]