Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis: ‘Conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam’ — but don’t fear refugees

Pope Francis seemingly sent mixed messages to 1.2 billion Catholics Tuesday while talking about Europe’s refugee crisis.   A reporter for France’s La Croix told the pope that Europeans were “partly” reticent of accepting refugees from the Middle East and North Africa due to fear, and he then asked if such feelings were justified.   […]

Pope Francis urges EU to ′tear down walls′ on receiving Charlemagne Prize of Aachen | News | DW.COM | 06.05.2016

Speaking at Friday’s ceremony, the chairman of the Charlemagne Prize board, Jürgen Linden, praised the pope for his outstanding commitment to “peace, understanding and mercy.” Having unexpectedly decided to accept the award, the Argentine pontiff called upon the memory of the EU’s founding figures and the aftermath of the Second World War, saying they had […]

Pope Francis Dreams of a World Where All Migrants Are ‘Legal’

In his acceptance speech for the prestigious International Charlemagne Award, Pope Francis decried Europe’s trend toward nationalism and tighter borders, repeating his mantra that humanity must “build bridges and tear down walls.”   Drawing rhetorical inspiration from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech, the Pope laid out his own dream […]

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society.   Invoking the memory of the EU founding fathers’ pursuit of integration in the aftermath of World War II, the pontiff said […]

Pope Francis hailed as saviour by Syrian refugees taken in by Vatican

The Syrian refugees Pope Francis took in following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos have hailed the pontiff as a saviour for offering them a new life.   In a hugely symbolic move seen as a lesson in solidarity for Europe, Francis, who is the son of Italian migrants to Argentina, took 12 […]

Pope Francis in Greece: ‘We Are All Migrants’

In his one-day visit to meet migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos Saturday, Pope Francis expressed his conviction that “we are all migrants” as he greeted the many asylum-seekers awaiting word regarding the processing of their cases.   Pope Francis visited the Moria detention center, the temporary home of some 3,000 migrants […]

Pope Francis: ‘Persecution Is the Christian’s Daily Bread’

From the earliest centuries to our own time, martyrdom is always present in the Christian Church, Pope Francis said Tuesday, in recalling the scores of Pakistani Christians slaughtered in the Easter Day massacre just two weeks ago and the many who suffer for religious liberty under unjust laws.   In his homily during Mass at […]

Pope Francis set to visit Greece to show support for refugees on Lesbos

The pope has asked to visit Greece to show support for refugees there, and Greek church authorities have approved plans for a papal trip to Lesbos, officials said Tuesday.   The Greek Orthodox church added that it had invited ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, “so that he can honour Lesbos […]

Pope Francis gains 1 million Instagram followers in under 12 hours

Pope Francis hit one million Instagram followers within 12 hours of launching his account. Pope Francis’ new account was christened on Saturday with a photo of him kneeling in prayer. The accompanying message said “pray for me” in 9 languages. It was not a selfie. His new account broke a record for getting one million […]

Pope Calls Migrant Crisis ‘Arab Invasion’, Says Europe Must ‘Rediscover Its Cultural Roots’

Pope Francis has described the European migration crisis as an “Arab invasion”. He said that “Europe weakens” by “forgetting its own history”, but, because of its low birth rate and colonial history, the mass migration could be beneficial.   “Today we can talk about an Arab invasion”, the Roman Catholic leader told the Vatican newspaper […]